How To Make An Anglo-Saxon House Model

Anglo Saxon House from side with 'Lift Here' label

Today we’re showing you how to make a model of an Anglo-Saxon house. You guessed it, another homework challenge! I absolutely relish these build at home challenges, but I’m aware that they make some parents (and children) cringe, so we’re here to help you!

Firstly, a very quick background history. The Anglo-Saxons came between the Romans and the Vikings in Britain. So around the period AD 400. They ruled England for 600 years, and formed the basis of its culture, language and borders.

They set up in mostly small settlements, and built their houses from wood with thatched roofs. The houses were one room, and had a hearth with a fire for cooking, heat and light. The fire had a metal cooking pot hanging from a metal chain above it. A small room next door sometimes housed the animals, and they were also kept outside the house in small pens.

Here, Hugo shows how he made his model:

Our model of an Anglo-Saxon house was not the best one presented. We should have perhaps used straw for our thatched roof, but it is difficult to buy in small quantities. It’s great if you have a horse, or keep rabbits or chickens though – you probably have plenty of straw to spare! We also made it quite small, using a cat food box, but Hugo insisted he wanted to use this as he liked the ‘flap’ effect to enable you to look inside. Some of the bigger ones were very impressive!

What have you had to make for your homework lately? Come and share it with us!

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How to make an Anglo-Saxon house, witha demonstration video here. History homework sorted!
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19 Replies to “How To Make An Anglo-Saxon House Model”

  1. This looks fantastic and great fun to make. We have been making a space station over the Christmas holidays ( a homework task too) and it’s good fun. We have a rabbit so we have lots of straw. It’s a shame you don’t live closer I could have given you some! Fab video! 🙂

    1. Oh that’s a project we’d enjoy! I could only find straw in huge bales/bundles, and H was pretty set on using raffia. I know my kids would say let’s get a rabbit and then we’ll have lots of straw!!

  2. I absolutely love this! Sure a lot of parents will find it really useful! We had to make an Egyptian death mask last year. It took Imogen and Alan all weekend and she won the prize!! Not my forte ha ha

    1. Oh that sounds a good project! Hugo started on a Sarcophagus last year, but never got it finished.

  3. This is absolutely fantastic. I am one of those who is going to absolutely love homework challenges like this in a few years time. So glad I’m not the only one! #littlemakes

    1. Thanks Fee, you’ll be like me, more keen than the kids to do it!!

  4. I love craft projects like this – especially when it gets the kids involved in history. Cent wait until mine get to this stage ☺

    1. It will come around soon enough I’m sure!

  5. This looks great! I’ll definately be adding it to the list to do for when my daughter gets a little older! #littlemakes

    1. That’s great – thanks. Hope you have fun when she’s old enough to do crafts together!

  6. Fantastic! This really is amazing and thanks for sharing the video- very helpful!

    1. Thank you so much Jemma, glad you enjoyed it.

  7. This is so great! I love creative homework tasks like this! You guys did a fantastic job!

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    1. Thank you Sarrah. I really love this sort of thing too!

    1. That’s really interesting, thanks

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  10. Thank you for making the video, it was a great help for me and my daughter, as we had to make an Anglo Saxon house as part of her homework project. Merry Christmas!

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