The monumental building challenge
While you’re staying safe at home, why not take on a new challenge with the family? We look after places at eight World Heritage sites, which you can use as inspiration to create your own piece of history. Build your own version of a World Heritage site, a monument, or your favourite historic place.
You could create Stonehenge out of books, Hadrian’s Wall out of cushions or Giant’s Causeway out of chocolate buttons.
Keep the kids entertained and uncover the fascinating history and legends of these world-famous sites. We’d love to see what you’ve been making around the house so please share your monumental creations with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
This challenge has been designed so that it can be done in your house or garden, so please take part from the comfort of your own home.
What are you going to build?
The first thing you need to do is decide what you'd like to make. You could think about a place you’ve visited with your family on holiday, on a school trip, or maybe somewhere you’ve seen on TV. Maybe you learnt about an important site in a history lesson at school?
We look after places at eight World Heritage sites so you'll find lots of inspiration on our website too. Look through the gallery below to see if it gives you some ideas. There’s a wall that spans the width of England, mysterious stones that have been around for thousands of years, and the ruins of an ancient abbey.
World Heritage sites to inspire you
Legend has it, these stone blocks were part of a bridge the giant Finn McCool built to cross the sea to Scotland. Build your own stepping-stone bridge with cushions and cross your room without touching the floor.
Stonehenge Landscape, Wiltshire
Lots of people would have been needed to move the massive stone megaliths to build the prehistoric Stonehenge. You may want to try something a bit smaller in scale – perhaps make an edible version from biscuits.
Hadrian's Wall and Housesteads Fort, Northumberland
This impressive 73-mile long wall is almost 2,000 years old. It was built by the Romans to mark the edge of their empire. Why not try constructing your own wall out of chairs or Lego?
Now the largest monastic ruins in the country, this 12th-century abbey was built by monks wanting a quiet place to live. You could create your own hideaway from boxes or blankets.
Avebury is Britain’s largest prehistoric stone circle and originally had about 100 stones in it. Before the stones were added, there may have been a timber circle. You could build your own in the garden out of sticks.
The Jurassic Coast stretches 95 miles from Devon to Dorset. Full of fossils and striking rock formations, parts of the landscape are 185 million years old. Construct your own dramatic coastline from rocks and pebbles.
Lake District, Cumbria
The beautiful scenery of the Lake District is made up of a patchwork of fields, moors, mountains, rivers and lakes. See if you can create your own patchwork from different materials.
East Pool Mine, Cornwall
The chimneys of the 19th-century engine houses of the Cornish mining industry are very distinctive. See if you can reconstruct one. You could stack tin cans or old flowerpots to create the tower.
Bath Assembly Rooms, Somer
Bath’s 18th-century Assembly Rooms are very elaborate with plaster ceilings and chandeliers. If you want to test your decorating skills, why not give this one a go?
Levant Mine, Cornwall
A restored 1840s beam engine that runs on steam is at the heart of Levant Mine. Use your engineering skills to see what type of engine you can build.
What materials will you use?
Did you know that Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland is believed to have been formed more than 60 million years ago? Will your creation stand the test of time? Think carefully about what materials you'll use. There’s so much you can do with things you find in the house. You could use pillows, blankets, boxes or books.
Try draping blankets over chairs to make mountains or use towels to make the meandering shape of a river. If you're creating a monument or building, you could stack empty boxes or cut out shapes from paper and card. Use pegs or scarves to keep your building in one piece.
If you have a garden, there's lots of useful things you could look for outside. Try stones and sticks to create shapes and structures. Pinecones or leaves might be good for roof tiles or decorations.
Where will you build it?
If you're building something big like a den or pillow fort, you'll need to find a spacious spot in your house or garden. Can you find a cosy corner in the house for your creation or the perfect place in the garden?
Who is it for?
Will it be a decoration for your room or a present for someone special? You could surprise someone in your house with a creation just for them, or do more than one and set up a mini exhibition. Perhaps you could share a picture with friends and family to see if they can guess the landmark you’ve created.
How will you decorate it?
If you’re making something out of carboard or paper, why not add some decoration? Colour it in, paint it or stick on leaves and ribbons. If you're creating a landscape scene, don't forget to add in those extra finishing touches. Have you got any cuddly toys, dolls or animals that could be put around it?
Why stop at one?
If you've loved creating your masterpiece, don't just stop at one. Look through the gallery above again and see if you're inspired to do another one, two or even more. And once you've recreated all the World Heritage Sites you could move on to look at more of the houses, gardens and landscapes we care for.
Could you recreate the White Cliffs of Dover using your fridge, a lighthouse out of cake, or a house built from gingerbread? Whatever you make, don't forget to share your creations with us on social media.
Find lots of inspiration for activities to do as a family. You won't be short of things to do at home or in the garden.