Discover our online resources linked to the collection of the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology. Our activities are suitable for all ages. Print off our Ancient Code activity sheets to complete at home and take a look at our Viking videos.
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Online Activities for Families
Download and print out the activity sheets and discover Egyptian Hieroglyphs and Viking Runes.
Explore how the Ancient Egyptians used hieroglyphics to write and learn how to write your name like an Egyptian Pharaoh.
Uncover the secret runes of the Vikings and use them to name and decorate a Viking sword.
Ogham writing is earliest form of writing found in Ireland. Discover where in Ireland Ogham is found and write your own message on an Ogham Stone.
Discover more about the beliefs and religion of the Ancient Egyptians, the Vikings, and the early saints of Ireland by following the clues in our wordsearches.
Ancient Egypt Wordsearch
Learn about the many different gods from Ancient Egypt and the animals they are connected to.
The Vikings Wordsearch
Read about some of the gods from Norse (Viking) Mythology and see if you can find them in the wordsearch
Early Medieval Ireland Wordsearch
Find out more about some of Ireland’s early saints and the objects connected to them. See if you can find all of their names in our wordsearch.
Christmas Activity: Riddles in the Museum
Download this activity sheet and see if you can solve the riddles and match them to the objects on display in 'The Treasury Exhibition’ at the Museum. Once you have solved the riddles, see if you can find the names of these objects in the wordsearch. To help you on your quest, you can use the 3D Virtual Viewer of 'The Treasury Exhibition’ available from the Museum’s website.
'Riddles in the Museum' Activity Sheet
'Riddles in the Museum' Solutions Page
Valhallaween! - Viking Raven Mask Craft
For Halloween, create your own Raven Mask. In Norse Mythology, Hugin and Munin are a pair of ravens that fly all around the world and bring back information to the Viking god Odin. Download each of the three PDFs to find out more about Hugin and Munin, a template to create your mask, and instructions to show you how to make it.
Information Sheet - Hugin and Munin
Template - Viking Raven Mask
Instructions - Viking Raven Mask
Valhallaween! - Viking Horrible Helmets Craft
Did you know that the Vikings never had horns on their helmets? Download our Horrible Helmet craft and make your own Viking Helmet and find out more about helmets in the Viking Age.
Information Sheet - Horrible Helmets
Template - Viking Helmet Nose Guard
Instructions - Viking Horrible Helmet