Here I’ve gathered a few links to resources on the stone age.
- Show me Prehistory – links to online games and interactive content on prehistory produced by the UK’s museums and galleries, for children aged 4 to 11
- See You See Me Skara Brae – interactive, animated games and educational videos about the prehistoric site of Skara Brae in the Orkney Isles
- BBC Hands on History – Ancient Britain – take a journey back to ancient Britain with an animated day in the life of a stone age boy! Plus build your own stone circle and paint a story using cave art
- How to Live Like a Stone-Age Hunter by Anita Ganeri
- The Secrets of Stonehenge, by Mick Manning and Brita Granström
This is a factual picture book aimed at older children charting the history of Stonehenge. Starting from the Mesolithic nomadic hunter-gatherers, through the first farmers to Stonehenge as a modern tourist destination. It examines how the henge was built, how it changed over time and what it may have been used for. See full review
- DK Eyewitness Early People
This is part of series of books characterised by being very comprehensive, with big visual spreads focusing on objects and artefacts, and incorporating manageable chunks of text. The information is fairly detailed and dense so is more suitable for older children (DK recommends age 9-14) or as a great way for an adult to get to grips with a subject. This book covers human evolution, hunter-gatherers, neolithic agriculture, bronze and iron age and has world wide coverage.
It might suit a visual child with a love of objects at a younger age. Definitely one for use as a references book, because of the sheer level of detail and breadth of information.
- Stone Age (Sounds of the Past) Clint Twist, Nicki Palin
This is an unusual book – a novelty book with pop up and sounds. When we first got it I was worried that the sounds would impact on its readability, but actually it works really well! Open a double spread and you hear the sounds of a mammoth hunt, or neolithic farm. The sounds are a little over the top, with lots of things going on at once. (Book requires a 3 volt battery to make sounds.) But once the sound finishes playing it doesn’t repeat so you can explore the page and read the text that accompanies the pop-up pictures. Each double picture spread has lots of details to spot. And the next spread is an information page describing what you see in the pop-up pages. There is actually a surprising amount of information, and at a higher level than might be expected in a book with sounds and pop-up pictures! Covers origins in Africa, cave painters, mammoth hunters, neolithic farming and Stonehenge.
Avoid being a mammoth hunter! John Malam and David Antram
Part of a wonderfully bright, informative, humorous and engaging series of history books. The illustrations in this make it very accessible to younger readers and they flow well being read aloud. The use of illustrations, and captions pack the book with a far higher level of information than the layout and illustrations suggest. We will always checkout this series, as have found it really useful time and time again.
- Stone Age (Beginners) by Jerome Martin, Usborne Books
- Prehistoric Britain (History of Britain) by Alex Frith, Rachel Firth, Ian McNee
- My Best Book of Early People Margaret Hynes Kingfisher Books
- Who Were the First People (Usborne Starting Point History)
- Stone Age, Bone Age (Wonderwise) Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom An entertaining factual story book.
Although factual rather than fiction, this picture book actually makes a reasonable substitute if you can’t get hold of our recommended book Stone Age Boy. The illustrations are bold, with strong colours and shapes, and the illustrator’s signature feelings of movement and life. It uses our favourite factual book format. A big beautiful picture, with a well written, poetic main text on the page. Plus additional information to read or not. This makes it as readable as any fictional picture book, and a good first introduction to palaeolithic stone age.
- Hands-on History! Stone Age
Another book combining information and craft projects.
- Stone Age Sentinel (Newspaper History) Paul Dowswell and Fergus Fleming.
Usborne Newspaper style look at the stone age.
- The Stone Age News Fiona MacDonald
Alternative newspaper style book on the stone age.
- The Savage Stone Age (Horrible Histories) Terry Deary
- The Secret Cave: Discovering Lascaux by Emily Arnold McCully
True story of four boys who discover cave paintings in the Lascaux caves.
- Savage Stone Age Sticker Book (Horrible Histories) by Terry Deary, Martin Brown
- Cavemen Sticker Book (Young History Sticker Books) by Fiona Watt, Paul Nicholls
- KS2 Discover & Learn: History – Stone Age to Celts Study Book, Year 3 & 4 (for the New Curriculum) by CGP Books
- KS2 Discover & Learn: History – Stone Age to Celts Activity Book, Year 3 & 4 (New Curriculum): Year 3 & 4 Paperback by CGP Books
Children’s Historical Fiction – Stone Age – Booklist with recommendations and reviews of some of our favourite stone age historical fiction.
Videos and music
One of our favourite history TV programmes is Horrible Histories. Unfortunately it has tended to fall for the old stone age=stupid comedy line. More recently as the show has matured it has improved and there are a couple of good stone age/prehistory segments.
- HORRIBLE HISTORIES – The Stone Age Report with Bob Hale
- Horrible Histories – Stone Age Song
- Prehistoric (“Toxic” by Britney Spears) historyteachers
- The Story of Britain: Middle Stone Age (BBC Learning Zone animation)
- History Cookbook – A couple of palaeolithic video recipes, plus making fire and neolithic recipes. Plus picture galleries (series of picture plus simple text) on prehistoric life, food and health.
- Ray Mears Wild Food , TV series on DVD and Wild Food, Ray Mears – looks at Mesolithic British food, through comparisons with surviving hunter gatherer cultures.
- Museum of London: Prehistoric London (500,000BC to 43AD) resources
- English Heritage: Prehistory Teacher’s Kit
- The School Run: The Stone Age