Monday, September 12, 2011

Viking Longhouse Craft

We are learning about the Viking in our history studies. What better way the enhance the learning by adding a craft to the mix. With my kids the crafts make a lasting memory of the subject. The Viking longhouse craft has been no exception.
This is Little Man's Viking Longhouse.

What you will need for supplies:

1. Shoe box. I used a child size one.

2. Paper grocery sack or the brown mailing wrap.

3. Clear tape, Elmers glue, and scissors.

4. Utility knife or an exacto knife.

5. Toilet paper or paper towel roll.

6. Flat piece of cardboard to make roof slant. Cut it a little bigger than the size of your shoe box lid

7. Dry moss for the roof covering

8. Craftsticks and something to cut the sticks. I used a small hand pruner. The kids also broke them by hand. I guess I went to slow for their liking!
I prepared alot before hand. I would recommend doing so with younger kids.
I first cut out the doors. Don't forget to cut the lid also so the door will open.
 Afterwards I wrapped the boxes in the paper.
I let the kids do the rest of the craft.
Glue the toilet paper roll in the middle of the lid.
Bend the cardboard in the middle. Add some glue to the top of the toilet paper roll. You will need clear tape to hold the roof down to the shoebox lid.

Put glue inside the easement of the roof and have the kids stuff the opening with the moss. Add glue to the top part of the roof and let the kids have a hayday adding the moss. Beware it gets really messy now!

I could only find the painted green moss. I would recommend the unpainted moss. We had green everywhere. Glue and green painted moss was not a good mix.

Glue the craftsticks on the shoebox. Let dry for a whole day if your kids are anything like mine. They went glue happy. The kids made furniture out of the craftsticks. They also made a fire pit out of rocks.
We are addicted to figures around here. I picked these Viking figures up at Hobby Lobby awhile back. I put them in hiding until we learned about the Vikings.


  1. Looks like a fun craft. Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. I'm pinning this one to see if I can get the children interested in doing it next time they're in a "How to Train Your Dragon" mood :-)


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