Learning Together

A selection of websites, printables, project ideas, places to visit and other resources that come in very handy when you're learning together at home.

Wynyard Woodland Park, Thorpe Thewles - Stockton.


Wynyard Woodland Park has recently had some redevelopment work on it. The small round house display is no longer in the visitors center which has been transformed into a cafe and gift shop. The 'educational' aspect has been removed altogether from the main building and been transferred to an old railway carriage which is now their 'novel new classroom'. This was not open when we visited so I'm assuming it will only be available for booked group visits.

There is a car park, however on the day that we visited there were people parking down the narrow entrance road as the car park was full. This made it incredibly difficult for cars to get in and out. If you are lucky enough to be able to make it into the car park one of the first things you see is a fantastic woodpecker topiary.

Wynyard Woodland Park Woodpecker Topiary

The new children's play area is phenomenal. Set amongst the trees there is equipment suitable for differing age ranges, in fact it is the only park I've been too which has enough play equipment to keep all 5 of my children occupied at the same time (age range 18 months to 15 years at the time of writing this).

Jenn roping along  

There are the more traditional types of play equipment too.

beth swinging  Millie sliding 

Also within the park are the planetarium, orienteering course, sculpture trail, solar walk and the regular events that they put on at weekends and during the holidays. The day we went was the Go Wild! Trail on Hedgehogs and Moles. This consisted of a walk along the path of the old railway and a quiz sheet. You had to read the information sheets that were pinned up along the path, then spot the red dots with a question on it. By placing the correct letter on the sheets we were able to figure out what Mr Mole should feed Mr Hedgehog for dinner! Not awe inspiring for the older children but nice for the smaller ones. Thankfully the Solar Walk also takes place along the walkway so it would be possible to do both simultaneously, if your little ones have strong legs.

Castle Eden Walkway  

One of the things I love about Wynyard Woodland Park is how natural it is. It is set in woodland and farmland, and they have kept this natural environment around the play areas too. Beds of wildflowers are scattered around picnic benches at the side of the play areas and these attract butterflies and insects even while the children are playing there. The only downside to this were some giant wood wasps which decided to hang around some of the equipment.


Our overall view of the day (well couple of hours) was that it was not as great as Albert Park but the play area was AWESOME!

awesome slide  

For more information about Wynyard Woodland Park, including the history, webcams and events diary visit their website.

Posted by OneProudMomma at Wednesday, July 28, 2010 6:03 AM


Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough


When the Dorman Museum was first built in 1908 it housed a natural sciences collection. This has since expanded to include ethnographic, archaelogical and local history displays. Currently the museum is hosting an Ancient Egyptian exhibition which is due to end in November 2010.

Walk Like An Egyptian!

The Dorman Museum is one of my favourite local museums to take the children to. We travel by bus to Middlesbrough town centre and then walk along Linthorpe Road to the museum, which takes approximately 30 minutes with a stroller and a 4 year old in tow.

Looking Something Up!

The Dorman Museum is situated next to Albert Park which is very convenient when the weather is nice. We have developed a little habit of going around the museum in the morning, having a picnic in the park and then staying there to play for the afternoon.

The fossil collection

The Dorman Museum website contains 8 permanent collections which are arranged over two floors. All are accessible by strollers and wheelchairs. The museum has several hands on exhibits and activity stations which engage younger children and keep their interest.

Millie On The Loose In The Dorman Museum

The museum is currently free and is open 6 days a week (closed Mondays). There are printable resources and activity sheets on the website, plus a couple of themed WW2 games that can be played online.

Evacuee Game 

Plane Spotting 

Posted by OneProudMomma at Tuesday, July 27, 2010 6:36 AM


Albert Park, Middlesbrough


Albert Park in Middlesbrough is a Grade II listed park, entered in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. It was donated to the people of Middlesbrough in 1868 by Henry Bolckow, one of the founders of the local iron and steel industry.

There is a PDF file on the Middlesbrough Council website which contains a very short history trail, pointing out 6 items of historic value in the park.

The park is host to many activities including green bowls, roller skating rink, swan peddle boats, seperate childrens and teenagers play areas, tennis courts, orienteering trail and KMX bikes.

Rope Climbing Frame

There are also plenty of grassy areas of playing games and picnic benches for lunch. One of the picnic spots had a range of wooden animals for the children to play on, even the big kids couldn't resist mucking around on them!

Clowning Around

We decided to visit on a special "Try It" which they were running at the beginning of the summer holidays. A £1 ticket gave the children unlimited access to bowling, tennis, KMX bikes and orienteering for the entire day (10am - 6pm, the time the activities run). Although we passed on the orienteering, having decided that a little pair of legs would find it too much after everything else, we managed to partake in the other sports. Without a doubt the favourite pasttime was the KMX bikes, which all the children have now decided they want for Christmas!

KMX bikes at Albert Park  

There are at least two bowling greens at the park, the public green and the club green. For the public green you can just wear your normal flat shoes and they provide the equipment.

Karl bowling  

Rackets and balls are also provided for the those people wishing to take part in the tennis.

Tennis anyone?  

The park also has toilets, vending machines and baby changing facilities, with an ice-cream cart turning up during the warmer weather. Be prepared to spend quite a while down there - we managed 6 hours and the children still didn't want to leave!

Posted by OneProudMomma at Tuesday, July 27, 2010 5:31 AM


Free Online Puzzle Generator


Puzzlemaker is a free puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. Create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more — using your own word lists. This is a useful tool as it can be used to help reinforce keywords for any subject.


Posted by OneProudMomma at Wednesday, July 21, 2010 7:05 AM


The Train Trail


The Train Trail is 10 uniquely different attractions set within the North East of England. Some of the attractions are free, others are not. When it was first introduced you were given a "passport" which was stamped at each of the attractions when you visited them, at the end of the trail you received a reward. Unfortunately I do not know if they are still doing this.

The ten attractions are the Stephenson Museum, Monkwearmouth Station Museum, Beamish, Tanfield Railway, Weardale Museum, Museum Of Hartlepool, Locomotion, Kirkleatham Museum, Darlington Railway Centre & Museum and Preston Hall.

There is an education pack which you can download from the Education Groups link, as well as activity sheets.

Visit The Train Trail Website By Clicking Here

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, July 18, 2010 7:51 AM


The British Museum Ancient Egypt Website


The British Museum Ancient Egypt website is interactive and covers Egyptian life, geography, Gods & Godesses, mummification, Pharaoh, pyramids, temples, time, trade & writing.

There are different online activities in each section including

  1. Senet a board game that requires two people (but one computer)
  2. The Jeweller Of Memphis is a map reading puzzle game, where you have to enter coordinates to search for materials required by the head jeweller
  3. In Lost and Found you have to help Jane find her way out of the museum by waking up the god and godesses and bringing them items in return for their help
  4. Journey through The Underworld by selecting three spells from The Book Of The Dead
  5. Identify four objects in Ask The Experts by selecting the image that matches the description on your card
  6. Count the offerings in Temple Tally but don't forget to go to study the numbers in scribe school first!
  7. In Shuffling Time you have to arrange the 6 objects in the order they were made
  8. Tools Of The Trade requires you to match up an image of a tool with the appropriate description.
  9. Making Sense is an activity in which you have to read a story in heiroglyphs and select the correct glyph to finish the sentence on each page.

There is also a Staff Room section which is supposed to help you get more out of the site too.

Posted by OneProudMomma at Monday, May 17, 2010 11:15 AM
Edited on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 8:47 AM


Understanding Slavery


"How could slavery have survived so long in American history? Our challenge with this site was to put American slavery into global context, and to explore the ways that it permeated American social and economic institutions. The result: a hybrid role play/interactive reference site that challenges the student to stop a slave auction, and then lets them explore the perspectives of the many people who had a stake in the institution."

Understanding Slavery 

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, May 16, 2010 5:41 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 8:44 AM


Where in the world and What in the world is Money?


"So you think you know what money is? It's those little round coins and paper bills printed by the government with someone's face on one side, right? What if money isn't a coin or a banknote or even a credit card? They may be common now. But not everyone in the world has used these forms of money for very long at all. Throughout history and around the globe, many different things have served as money. Play this game to find out just what money has been. You'll need to keep your wits about you if you want to get home. . . ."

Where in the world and What in the world is money?  

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, May 16, 2010 5:39 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 8:44 AM


What I Did for My Summer Vacation - Montana Historical Society


"What Did You Do For Your Summer Vacation?

Hop a plane to see Grandma in Florida? Drive all the way to the Grand Canyon with your family? Chat online with your friends all over the world?

Travel back in time and across the Treasure State to experience a summer vacation before you could do any of those things. Going by train was the fastest way to get there, driving was a grueling adventure, and the telephone was high-tech.

You'll experience the past through artifacts from the Montana Historical Society's collections. We'll tell you about their past, but we won't tell you what to think about them — that's your story to tell us!"

What I Did for My Summer Vacation 

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, May 16, 2010 5:27 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 8:44 AM


The Dakota Experience


Dakota Experience - Creating Communities, The Frontier 

"Euro-Americans came to the plains with baggage. Beyond the valuables packed in wagons were the values in their heads and hearts. Prairie novelist Ole Rolvaag presented this idea in his image of an immigrant trunk. Out of it came a way of life from the old country.

The Great Plains offered an open place to start anew, though few left old ways behind. From 1860 to 1880, the northern plains welcomed newcomers wishing to replant and grow diverse values. Missionaries carried their gospel, hoping to replace tribal ways with Christianity. Others sought and found chances to take part in local or territorial government. Still others looked for wealth, some in the mines of the Black Hills.

Explore the interactives and topics in this section to learn more about how people created communities on the frontier."

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, May 16, 2010 5:21 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 8:46 AM


Harvest Of History


"The history of New York State agriculture is the story of our collective past. Harvest of History makes this story come alive. Explore the Village to find out where your food comes from, how and where it grows, and compare life in 1845 with our modern world. Then produce your own movie with the Village Videomaker. Our interdisciplinary curriculum for fourth-grade teachers explores how agriculture has been, and still is, an integral part of our lives in New York State."

Harvest Of History 

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, May 16, 2010 5:19 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 9:14 AM


Great Chicago Stories Interactive History Map


"This series of stories for elementary and high school students bring Chicago's history alive through experiences of fictional but typical kids living in Chicago over the last century. A companion to each story is an interactive map that shows high-resolution photographs of the locations described in the story, both at the time of the story's setting and the present. Using Yahoo! Maps within the activity, users can explore the story's neighborhood and see where it is in relation to their own home or school. Artifacts from the collections of the Chicago History Museum connect the objects of everyday life to the people who might have used them."

Great Chicago Stories Interactive History Map 

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, May 16, 2010 5:18 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 9:14 AM


America By Air


America By Air 

"Explore the history of commercial air travel in this online companion to National Air And Space Museum's new exhibit. Navigate your way along an early airmail route. Make a newsreel about the first around-the-world flight by scheduled airlines. See if you would have qualified to be a stewardess in the 1950s. And much more! "

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, May 16, 2010 5:17 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 9:17 AM


Betwixt Folly And Fate - 3D Historical Role Playing Game


Betwixt Folly and Fate is an immersive 3-D role playing game that places players in 1774 Williamsburg as one of four characters: Chloe, an enslaved house servant; Henry, a free black carpenter; Mary, a midwife's assistant or George, a young gentleman.

In each role, players face the challenges of daily life in early America while learning about the social classes and customs of the time. For example, Henry, a free black carpenter, must find enough work as a journeyman to pay his mother's rent. As Henry seeks carpentry work and other tasks that come his way, the player learns about facets of ordinary eighteenth-century life as well as the opportunities and constraints facing a free black tradesman in 1774.

As players pursue their characters' goals, they explore a large portion of eighteenth-century Williamsburg, Virginia, roaming the streets and meeting people in shops, taverns, the Courthouse, and private homes. The town is populated with dozens of characters, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry. Players may also bargain for goods with shopkeepers and try their hand at several colonial games.

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, May 16, 2010 5:15 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 9:16 AM


George Washington's World For Kids


George Washington's World For Kids 

"For a stiff-lipped Founder of the United States, George Washington led an awfully exciting life. Soldier, farmer, statesman...he was even famous for his love of dancing. On this site, discover the real Washington at home and at war. Explore a 3D Mount Vernon in search of artifacts that reveal the many facets of the man. Meet the people who lived and worked on his estate. Play the harpsichord so he can dance with his beloved Martha. And serve as gun captain at Washington's greatest moment of military achievement, the siege of Yorktown. Washington's World has it all—everything, that is, except for a cherry tree."

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, May 16, 2010 5:12 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 9:14 AM


Texas Independence


"In the winter of 1836, Texas were involved in a life or death struggle for freedom from Mexico. As they fought on the battlefield, they also sent representatives from every municipality to a constitutional convention in the small town of Washington. In two tense weeks, these Texans declared independence and created a constitutional republic based on the democratic principles they all held dear.

The Texas Independence Web site offers a rich variety of activities and resources about these historic events, from dramatic animations to timeline and storytelling interactives to primary source documents and lesson plans. The centerpiece of the site is "In Washington Town," a Web-based 3D game in which players explore a virtual recreation of Washington in March 1836. Over the course of the game, players meet key figures in the independence movement while discovering why ordinary Texans came to support this risky path."

Texas Independence 

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, May 16, 2010 5:11 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 8:47 AM


U-505 Submarine


"At the height of World War II, the U.S. Navy captured a German U-boat submarine prowling off the waters of Africa. The American efforts to capture the U-505, and the German struggle to prevail instead, illuminate the human experience of duty, courage, and survival during wartime. This site features two games and an interactive timeline about that fateful day:"

U-505 Submarine include

  • Find the U-505: As an American sailor, use cutting-edge (for 1944) technologies to track down the U-boat.
  • Command the U-505: As skipper of the U-505, use your wits to attack the Americans and evade capture.
  • Capture! An interactive timeline featuring oral histories by the men who where there.
Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, May 16, 2010 5:00 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 8:45 AM


Jefferson's West Web Adventure (Demo)


This electronic field trip sends you on a mission joining the Lewis & Clark expedition to explore the west lands of the continent in search of a water route to the Pacific Ocean. President Jefferson also want's to learn about the nature and cultures you encounter along the way so you will need to collect rocks, plants and animals from the lands you cross.

Jefferson's West Web Adventure 

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, May 16, 2010 4:06 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 9:13 AM


Ancient Egypt at the Brooklyn Museum of Art


The Booklyn Museum of Art hosts an interactive online experience featuring over 1000 Ancient Egyptian objects featured in their Egypt Reborn : Art For Eternity exhibit. The pages provide information and activities about Egyptian art & culture.

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, May 16, 2010 3:03 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 9:16 AM


The Renaissance Collection


"The Renaissance Connection is the Allentown Art Museum's interactive educational web site. With the simple click of a mouse button, travel 500 years into the past to discover many Renaissance innovations revealed through the Allentown Art Museum's Samuel H. Kress Collection of European art.

Be a patron of the arts. Design your own innovation. Investigate Renaissance artworks in depth. Discover how past innovations inform life today. And more, all enhanced with quirky visuals, irreverent humor, and engaging interactivity that reveal the ways that Renaissance life and culture resemble our own."

The Renaissance Collection 

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, May 16, 2010 2:56 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 8:46 AM