Discover all there is to know about the mysterious Lewis chessmen.

Lewis Chessmen activities

The Lewis Chessmen live in the National Museum of Scotland. You can find out more about who they are and where they came from here.

Make your own Lewis chessmen

Make your own chessmen [PDF 122KB]

Make your own Lewis chessman King and Queen.

Colour in the Lewis chessmen

Lewis Chessmen colouring sheet [PDF 73KB]

Colour in the famous Lewis Chessmen from the National Museum of Scotland.


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