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Learning at Black Country Living Museum

Quizzes & Challenges


Keep visiting these pages to find regular challenges including baking, building, crafting or simply living and dressing like they did in the 'olden' days!

Take up our latest challenge.....

Make a Shoe Friend

Children in WW1 did not have many toys to play with and those that they did were often made by themselves or by a family member.

Have a go at living and playing like a child from the 1940s and make your very own toy to play with.

Try making a shoe friend...take an old shoe and turn its sole and heel into a character. Make a face on the shoes heel and dress the shoe in old rags. See what characters you can create....a miner, a Victorian lady or your favourite super hero.


  • get an old shoe from a charity shop
  • draw a face with a black marker on the heel of the shoe
  • use drawing pins for the eyes and nose (adult supervision recommended)
  • use old rags to wrap around the shoe for clothing or old baby / doll clothes to dress it up in


Don't forget to send photos of you, your family and friends completing our fun activities and challenges.

Send your photos here

Please note if you are under 18 we will require an adult to complete this consent form on your behalf, otherwise we will not be able to publish the photos.



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Did you know?

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The museum owns over 740 laundry irons - which together weigh about the same as 9 newborn baby elephants.

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