Category: Crafts and activities

Learn ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ in Old English

cartoon image of a spider

Learn how to recite the children’s nursery rhyme in Old English. Our storyteller takes you through the hand actions in modern English then through an Old English translation one line at a time.

Almost all the words should sound very similar to those we use today – except the word for spider!

Crafts and Activities

In this part of the website, we would like to suggest some crafts or activities you can try to find out more about the Anglo-Saxons.

We also have a set of “Cutha’s Chronicles”, a series of short comics about a boy called Cutha and his daily life.

You can see the list of activities in the menu on the right and we will be producing new items regularly so do come back to see what has been added.

Making Christmas Cards

We have lots of ideas for making some Christmas Cards with an Old English theme!

You can find translations of some traditional Christmas Carols to use as verses in your cards.

Alternatively, here are some seasonal words and shorter greetings that you might like to copy and add to your cards:

For Christmas we have:

  • Cristmæsse
  • Ġēol
  • Midwinter

For New Year we have:

  • Niwe gear

For merry/happy/joyful we have:

  • bliðe
  • wynsum
  • ēadiġ
  • ġesaliġ
  • wynsumliċ
  • blissiġ
  • glæd
  • lustbǣre

Below are some greetings in the insular script you could add to the inside of the card.

We also suggest some pictures that are free for you to download and use on your cards.

Anglos-Saxon cross shaft at Hackness Church
Cross Shaft – Hackness Church
Anglo-Saxon style carving at West Stow
Carving – West Stow
Window and dedication cross at Hovingham Church
Window and dedication cross – Hovingham Church

Cutha’s Chronicles

Cutha and his twin sister Cyne live on a typical Anglo-Saxon farm, and tell us about their lives.

The chronicles are written for younger readers, or they may be used by Primary School teachers as a starting-point for a study of the Anglo-Saxon period.

You can download copies of Cutha’s Chonicles by clicking on the links below.

Dragons, in which Cutha and Cyne tell us about all the different types of dragons

Warriors, in which Cutha tells us about how the men have to go away to fight for their lord

Months of the year, in which Cutha and Cyne tell us about the things they do during January-May

More months of the year, in which Cutha and Cyne tell us about the things they do during August-December

Life during winter, in which Cutha and Cyne tell us about life during the coldest part of the year

Making a flute, in which Cutha shows us how he made his flute

Where we live, in which Cutha and Cyne tell us about their home

Beating the bounds, in which Cutha learns about the boundaries of his family’s land

A visit to the market, in which Cytha and Cyne visit a market town with their uncle

Paying the rent, in which the earl comes to collect his rent

More about paying the rent, in which we find out more about how the Anglo-Saxons paid rent

Growing food, in which Cutha and Cyne tell us about the food they grow and animals they keep on the farm

Preserving food, in which Cytha and Cyne tell us how they stop food from going rotten

Looking after the pigs, in which Cutha and Cyne tell us about taking the pigs to the woods in Autumn

Making bread, in which we learn how to make bread, and find a recipe

Making cloth, in which Cutha and Cyne explain how cloth is made to make their clothes

Cutha’s Chronicles were written by Karl Wittwer and illustrated by Paul Finlow-Bates for Wiðowinde, the magazine for members of Đa Engliscan Gesiðas (The English Companions).

Cutha’s Chronicles may be freely copied entirely for educational purposes, but illustrations and text may not be extracted, separated, or reproduced for commercial gain.