Looking for something to do? Want to entertain the kids?  Here, we've got ideas for arts, crafts and lots more.  We'll be updating this page with lots of new ideas, so make sure you keep coming back!

What's on this page?

Just follow the links below o find specific content:

Viking activities

Make a castle

Design a dolmen

Jersey Heritage objects quiz

Jersey Heritage famous faces quiz

Jersey Heritage monuments  quiz

Victorian photographs

Pirate crafts

Family history activities

Art recreation activity

Make your own butter instructions

Jersey apple cider quilt project

Jersey myths and legends activities

Have some fun at home with Jèrriais

vikings

Runes and Places

Have a go at writing your name in the Viking alapabet and find out if the Vikings ever came to Jersey from some of our Viking place names.

A Viking battle story

 

Take a Viking trail

Create your own Viking trail in your home!

  • Print out (or copy out onto separate pages these clues).  Then hide them around the house.

  • Give the kids the question sheet, or create your own at home, for them to complete.

  • Send the kids off around the house to hunt for the clues.  Ask them to fill in their question sheet and return to you when they've finished the hunt.

  • Here are the correct answers for those in charge!

design a Castle

Have a go at designing your own castle from cardboard boxes, loo roll, or anything you've got around the house.  Take a look at our castle guide and try to create different areas within your castle.

Design a Dolmen

Have a go and don't forget to send us your dolmen creations.

Jersey Heritage Objects Quiz

Museum stores are full of weird and wonderful objects. Try our quiz on International Museums Day (18 May).  Here are the answers!

Famous Faces Quiz

A multitude of famous people have visited the Island over the years. Many of them have been captured within the Jersey Evening Post Photo Archive. Can you name these famous and not so famous personalities from the 1970s and 1980s?

More amazing images taken by the Jersey Evening Post can be viewed on our Online Archive.

Here are the answers.....

Take your own Victorian Style Photograph

People often think that Victorian photographs are of very serious people, but there's a really good reason why.  Take a look at our Victorian Photograph fact sheet to find out why they didn't smile.   Have a go yourself and take your own Victorian Style Photograph and send it to us.

Monuments QUIZ – NAME THE HISTORIC PLACES

To mark International Day for Monuments and Sites, we’ve prepared a quiz for you. No prizes – it’s just for fun!  Here are the answers.

pirates

Ahoy there!   Who wants to do some pirate art and crafts?  Here are three simple crafts you can do at home (it's easy to order the balloons on line), click in the bottom right corner to make full screen. If you want more pirate activities suitable for Keystage One children then take a look at our Schools pages, which have pirate worksheets, colouring and activities to download.

Lifestories and Family History

Learning about your family is a brilliant way to find out new information about your ancestors, who they were, where they came from and what they did.  Take a look at our 'My Family and I' pack, which includes a simple family tree and questions for children to ask their parents and grandparents.  You can use the free resources on Family Echo or Lucid Chart to create interactive family trees.

RECREATE OUR ART COLLECTIONS

Fancy dressing up as Lillie Langtry or being a King like Charles II? Museums around the world have asked the public to have a go at recreating pictures from their collections.

Use what you have handy in the house and recreate work from the Jersey Heritage Collections (shown below).

Hamptonne Crafts - Butter Making

Have a go at making (churning) your own butter, just like they would have done at Hamptonne. Churning is the process of shaking up cream or whole milk to make butter, usually using a butter churn. 

JERSEY CIDER APPLE QUILT PROJECT

Take part in this lovely community project by decorating a fabric square to be sewn into a huge patchwork we are creating to celebrate the Island’s rich history of growing apples and making cider. Click here for more information and inspiration for your square.

Myths and Legends

Jersey has a fascinating history intertwined with stories of curious magic and fantastical beasts. Would you like to find out more?

As a family, have a look online (you'll find some of these on Heritage at Home) for the stories behind the following titles.

  • St Helier

  • The Vioge

  • Jeffrey's Leap

  • William and the sea sprite

  • Fairies move the church

  • The Paternosters

  • Philippe's black horse

  • Janvrin's Tomb

  • Manor under the sea

  • Spanish ships on the rocks

  • The faithful dog

Draw a picture using whatever you have available at home – pencils, felt pens, biro or paint.

Create your own legend - Think about where you live, the places in Jersey that you like to visit and the people that you know. Use this as inspiration to create your own story. - The story can be long or short – the important thing is that you use your imagination and have fun writing it.  What does your story look like in? Draw the main character in your story - is it a monster or a person? Jersey Heritage would love to see you creations please email them us.

Read the stories below, you can make it full screen by clicking on the icon in the right-hand side, or you can download the stories here. Then answer the myths and legends questions.

Find more information on Jersey's myths and legends, including resources for Keystage One and Two students on our School Learning pages.

 

The Dragon of Jersey

Watch our animation of the story of the noble Sir Hambye of France, the Jersey dragon and how this links to La Hougue Bie.

Jèrriais

Bouônjour. Coumme est qu'tu'es? Have some fun at home with Jèrriais. Sing along with Jersey band Badlabecques and learn colours and numbers in Jersey’s traditional language here.