Our top outdoor creative activities for the whole family this week
- 03 August 2020
To kick off the start of the summer holidays, we've selected our favourite creative outdoor activities perfect for the whole family to get involved in. We hope you enjoy creating, making and having fun!
We'd love to see your creations, so make sure you tag us on social media.
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1. Make music in the garden
FREE. From Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Recommended for ages: 5 - 11 years.
Bring the whole family outdoors and make music using things you find in the garden or park inspired by composer John Cage's Child of Tree.
2. Print with fruit and veg
FREE. From Leeds City Museum. Recommended for ages: 0 - 3 years.
Create interesting shapes and patterns using everyday food items.
Suitable for your little ones, this is easy, accessible and encourages creativity with simple household items. Teach your children about patterns found in nature and inspires them to explore what other shapes and patterns they can see all around them.
3. Share your insect adventures
FREE. From Invisible Dust. Recommended for ages: 8 - 16 years.
Award winning art science organisation Invisible Dust in partnership with South Cliff Gardens in Scarborough have created a new guide to Insect Exploring for children and young people aged 8+ - and they're running a nationwide competition to find the best images or videos of your findings!
Judged by a panel of artists, scientists and wildlife experts we’ll be giving away a special clip-on microscope to 5 favourite images. The Deadline for entries is midnight on the 18th September 2020 - what are you waiting for?
4. Printing with flowers
FREE. From Thelma Hulbert Gallery. Recommended for ages: 3 - 16 years.
Emma Molony is an artist designer living and working in East Devon. Using paints from her LOLA art kit, Emma makes simple plant prints.
Learn to make beautiful prints with plants and flowers from your local park or garden using just paper and some paint!
5. At Home with Nature
FREE. From Somerset Art Works. Suitable for the whole family!
Somerset Art Works has created a beautiful nature and creativity project for families and schools. During this time of social distancing, Somerset Art Works would love as many people as possible to take part in a collective, community activity so that we can feel connected while apart - whatever your age and wherever you live! Find out about insects, birds, fish, beetles and butterflies...
Aimed at schools and families, Somerset Art Works hopes that this project will encourage observation and learning about nature whilst developing design and creative skills. Find out more and have a go.
6. Yoga for kids
£8 per session / £25.00 for 3 week course. From Norden Farm Centre for the Arts. Recommended for ages: 5 - 11 years.
Have fun with these yoga sessions designed for primary school aged children. Explore lots of different yoga poses in a fun and gentle way. Using your imagination, you will look at how nature and wildlife inspires many yoga poses and exercises, lion breath for courage, tree pose for strength, cat pose for flexibility for example.
All you need is one yoga mat and one blanket each. Start exploring yoga in a fun, playful and relaxed way.
7. Fake a fossil
FREE. From Colchester + Ipswich Museums. Recommended for all ages.
With a little homemade salt dough, you can create your very own fossils! What will you preserve?
This is a great activity to do outdoors where children and adults can get creative and travel back in time together, with these step by step guide and materials from around the home.
8. Have a go at stamp making
FREE. From UH Arts. Recommended for ages: 5 - 16 years.
The perfect activity to do outdoors, find out how to make your own cardboard stamps and make beautiful designs.
See what you can do with different colours and patterns to create exciting print designs on paper or fabric. Explore different thickness of the paint that can give your design texture. After you could even decorate with pens and coloured markers or stitch with a needle and thread to make it more complex. But above all, have fun!
9. Make a butterfly and insect bench
FREE. From North Lincolnshire Museum. Recommended for ages: 5 - 10 years.
Butterflies and insects are fascinating and also very important because they assist in the pollination process, which gives us a lot of our food!
Winston Churchill loved butterflies so much that in 1946 he built a butterfly garden in the gardens of his county home in Chartwell, Kent. The garden has now been rebuilt by the National Trust.
10. Foliage Friends
FREE. From Ikon Gallery. Recommended for all ages.
Use leaves from the garden to create your own artwork. Follow Ikon Gallery's step by step instructions to create your own Foliage Friends from leaves.
Share your creations by tagging @ikongallery on social media.