Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Stonehenge is a very famous stone circle on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, UK, built during the Stone Age. A HENGE is a prehistoric monument in a circle shape made of stone or wooden upright pieces. Stonehenge was built in stages. The first henge was built around 5,000 years ago and the stone circle was erected in the late Neolithic period around 2500 BC.

There are four videos to choose from to learn about Stonehenge.

The first one is better for younger kids, the second two will appeal to older kids and the final one is a 360 degree view of Stonehenge. Feel free to watch one, or all of them!!

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to test your understanding by taking the quiz!

High school students or any student who wants to dig deeper, continue your study with the advanced learning project located at the end of this learning block!

Deeper Dives

Now choose an Activity

Make SPONGEhenge!

Make your own model of Stonehenge out of…sponges!! Genius!

For this activity you will need:

  • 2 large sponges
  • Craft knife – remember to ask an adult first.
  • All purpose glue
  • Black, white and green paint
  • A square piece of cardboard as your base

When you’ve made Spongehenge remember to include it in your portfolio!

Make Your Own Mini Stongehenge Night light!

For this activity you will need:

  • Glass Jar/Glass
  • Air-drying clay
  • Multi-purpose filler (ask a grown up! They use it for filling holes in walls)
  • Spatula/filling knife
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil

You could put a battery powered candle in your glass and have it as a night light for your room

When you’ve made your night light remember to include it in your portfolio!

Paint a Silhouette Picture of Stonehenge

For this activity you will need:

  • Acrylic paints
  • Variety of good quality paint brushes
  • Canvas/Paper

When you’ve created your silhouette remember to include it in your portfolio!

Projects

Stongehenge & The Summer Solstice

For more than 4000 years Stonehenge has acted like a giant sundial, marking the longest day of the year – the summer solstice, and the shortest – the winter solstice.

This video explains the importance of Stonehenge and the summer solstice. It shows how the stones have been purposely positioned and what significance that might have had when it was built.

It also tells you about a fantastic website where you can watch the sky over Stonehenge at any time of the day or night meaning you can experience summer or winter solstice at Stonehenge from the comfort of your own sofa! Be sure to check out the extra link to Stonehenge Skyscape!

When you have watched it why not have a go at creating your own sundial to tell the time. The second video explains how to make a simple sundial at home.

You will need:

  • Paper plate
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • The sun!

Remember to take some photos of your sundial at different times of the day and record them in your portfolio!

Books About Stonehenge

Click on a book to buy it from Amazon. Or, you can ask for them at your local library.

Stone Age Boy Read Aloud 

Advanced Project

Choose at least one.

Sell The Stones!

Stonehenge has passed through many owners’ hands in its 5000 year history. In 1915 it was bought at an auction by a rich man called Cecil Chubb for £6,600. In today’s terms that’s about £600,000 or $800,000 USD. After two years he donated it to the public with the stipulation that people would easily be able to visit the site.

Today Stonehenge is managed by the charity English Heritage, which cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and places.

For this project you need to think about how to ‘sell the stones’! That is how to ‘market’ them, make visitors want to visit them.

To plan your marketing campaign you need to think about:

  • WHO you’re trying to get to visit – families with young children/retired people/couples/families with teenagers, etc.
  • WHY your chosen audience will want to visit. What will interest them?
  • HOW you’re going to communicate with your audience. What’s the best way of reaching them? Social media, email, posters, leaflets, website, press release? You will also want to consider the ‘voice’ you use to address your audience. For example, if you’re targeting young families you might choose to use fun language and colourful photos.
  • WHAT – Now go ahead and create your what. A marketing plan!

* Watch the video about marketing

*Have a look at the English Heritage website to get some ideas of how to market a place like Stonehenge.

You can present your marketing plan in a written or typed document, or you could record a video! Remember to include it in your portfolio.

NOw Let’s Have some fun!

Stonehenge