Viking Children Lucy Stubbs 8B

The viking children had a very different life to what children have today. They didn't go to school. On a regular day they would help their parents around their house and farm. By the age of 12 boys started intense weapon training and usually started fighting in raids by the age of 16. Children in the Viking times were not documented because they were of little importance. The girls would usually follow in their mothers footsteps, cooking and doing housework.

There wasnt a huge significance for children in the Viking times. Children were a huge importance though in houswork, like cooking or weaving, and could work in fields and workshops. The significance of children is to help their parents at home with chores.

In these times there were many diseases which they didn't have a cure or treatment for. Because o these deadly diseases, one in five Viking children died before their fifth birthday.

The children of this time didn't work all day. They usually played with wooden toys like dolls, soldiers or boardgames. They spent a great deal of time outside. In the summer they would play ball games and in the winter they would skate on the frozen lakes and rivers.

This is a wooden toy longboat which children would race and play with to show and build up competition for raids ad other things in adult life.
This is a wooden pan pipe which children usually played music with

One thing that can show Vikings didn't find children important is that if the new born was unwell they would send them out in the ocean where they would eventually die. However, they did give babies a Thor-hammer charm to protect them from evil.

This is a model of the Thor-hammer charm that they gave the new-born's to protect them from evil.

Boys would often take their father's name. So Loki the son of Tori became Loki Torison. One the other hand, girls would also take their fathers name but use daughtier t the end not son. So Bryhild the daughter of Tori becam Bryhild Toridaughtier.

Over all the life for an Viking child wasn't very pleasant and they didn't have much of a significance in the Viking life apart from doing their housework.

Bibliography:

Guy.J, 1998, Viking Life, snapping-turtle guide, UK

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/vikings/family_life/

https://mrbartlett.wordpress.com/2007/02/21/viking-children/

http://www.pearltrees.com/t/year-8-history/vikings/id17292533#item198119212

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