My kid LOVES How to Train Your Dragon. We watched it when he was just a few years old, then earlier this year we saw How To Train Your Dragon live show at the Honda Center. Then, last week we get a package with both Dragons: Riders of Berk DVDs in it! My kid is in heaven right now.
Before I let my kid watch the movies, I went through some basic Vikings info with him. Nothing wrong with a little education to go along with a movie, right? Once we finished going through the guide, I presented him with a printout of the image above telling him he earned his Dragons badge.
Kids’ Guide to Vikings
Vikings at Sea
Not all Vikings travel by dragon like they do in Berk! Vikings built great, big boats called longships for war. Each one could carry at least 60 men! Even though they were so large, Viking longships were designed to be speedy and could move through the water much faster than other boats.
Vikings from Denmark, Norway, and Sweden dress a lot like Vikings from Berk, but with more layers. To stay warm in the cold winters, Vikings wore clothes made of wool, animal skin, or linen and shoes made of thick leather or goatskin. In battle, they wore helmets made of leather or iron.
Vikings really knew how to make the most of their surroundings! Houses were built of stone, mud, and blocks of turf. They made thatched roofs from woven sticks covered in mud. Vikings probably wouldn’t let dragons sleep in their houses the way Toothless does!
The Vikings in Berk get to go to the Dragon Academy to learn about how to become better dragon trainers. Instead of going to school, real Viking kids stayed home to help their parents work. Even without school and books, children could learn about history through songs and stories passed down from the older members of the town.
The dragons in Berk eat fish, veggies, and bread given to them by their riders. Vikings ate similar foods, but also enjoyed meat from farm animals or wild animals that they would hunt. They drank out of wooden cups or drinking horns. Sometimes they had feasts for festivals that would last over a week!
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