Vikings - Everyday Life
Hnefatafl was a Viking board game similar to chess or draughts.

Vikings - Everyday Life

Viking, or Norse, culture is a significant part of KS2 history and this is the second of four quizzes on the subject. Specifically it looks at what everyday life was like for ordinary Vikings living at the time.

Norse culture had many similarities to the world today. Everyday life for ordinary Vikings included playing games, listening to music or poetry, and taking part in sports. They also enjoyed crafts such as woodcarving and metal work. Their bowls and plates were made of wood rather than metal, which was saved for more expensive items such as jewellery or weapons. They drank something called mead, a drink made with honey, and they ate a good deal of fish, sheep and bread.

What games did Vikings play? What did they use to build their homes? Take this quiz to test your knowledge of ordinary, everyday life in Norse culture.

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  1. What was hnefatafl?
    A hnefatafl was a board game similar to chess or draughts
  2. What was the name of the places where Vikings traded?
    The markets sold things from far away. Archaeologists looking at a Viking marketplace in York found the shell of a sea snail that lives in the Red Sea, thousands of miles from York
  3. Which of these crafts could Vikings do?
    The Vikings were not primitive barbarians, as some people might think
  4. Why did Viking traders carry a small weigh scale?
    Coins of the time were made of gold or silver and their value was in their weight
  5. Which material was NOT used to build a Viking home?
    The Vikings would use wood, stone or turf depending on what was available locally
  6. How did the Vikings preserve their meat?
    Many foods are still smoked today in order to preserve them, like kippers or bacon
  7. What was the Thing?
    Vikings would wear their best clothes for the Thing
  8. How did Viking children learn about the past?
    Books were very rare and expensive at the time. Most stories were passed down in spoken form
  9. Where did most Vikings live?
    It was the lack of farmland that led to the Vikings settling in foreign countries
  10. How did the Vikings colour their clothes?
    Lichen, woad and walnut were among the dyes used

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