The Celts are a collection of Indo-European people identified by their use of the Celtic language and other cultural similarities. Historically Celtic groups included the Gauls, Britons, Gaels, Celtiberians and their offshoots. Today the term Celtic generally refers to the languages and cultures of Ireland, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Scotland, Wales and Brittany. These are the regions where the four major Celtic languages are still spoken to some extent today.

Historically the Celts were the most powerful people in central and northern Europe from around 750 BC to 12 BC. There were many groups and tribes speaking a vaguely common language. The Celtics are often called Iron Age Celts because they found out how to make iron tools and weapons. The Celts lived all across Europe during the Iron Age. The Iron Age Celts of Europe and Britain were very superstitious. Druids were Celtic priests that would predict the future by interpreting nature. The Celts believed in many gods and goddesses. Celtic soldiers believed that capturing someone soul gave you powerful magic so they collected the heads of their enemies killed in battles, often nailing the skulls over the doors of their homes.Celts built huge heavily defended communities called hill forts, building on top of large hills. The largest Iron Age hill fort in Britain today is Maiden Castle in Dorset.Today there are still many Celts living in Wales, Cornwall, Scotland, Isle of Man and Ireland.

Celtic Games and Activities:

Games ancient Celts played with balls

Native games of Ireland

Iron Age Celts Lesson Plans

How Celtic Warriors embalmed heads of enemies

Celtic art projects for kids

The Celts for Kids

Irish Fairy Tales

The Mabinogion Stories & Myths

Celtic Crafts for Kids

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