Back to school! Our top pick of creative activities to fit around schoolwork this week

9/7/2020 12:55:09 PM
Back to school! Our top pick of creative activities to fit around schoolwork this week
Fantasic For Families
  • Southbank Centre

We can hardly believe it's already 'back to school' time! But that doesn't mean the creativity at home has to end, so we've put together our top pick of activities for kids and families that you can fit around schoolwork during the first week back at school. 

As always we'd love to see your creations and hear about what you've taken part in, so make sure you tag us on social media.

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1. Turn out the lights and wish upon a star...


Stella, from Filskit Theatre CompanyFREE. From Filskit Theatre Company. Recommended for ages: 3 - 8 years.

Stella is a Star Engineer. From her home on the Moon she keeps the stars shining bright for when we need them most, to make a wish or find our way back home. 

But down on Earth things are changing. The world is becoming bright, busy and people aren’t looking up. The stars are burning out and it’s up to Stella to save them, but she can’t do it alone. In this online version of the show, 'Stella', listen to Ivy tell the story of her amazing new friend and how sometimes it is important to turn out the lights and wish upon a star. 

Turn off the lights and wish upon a star...

2. Get to know museum collections from home

Wakefield Museums and CastlesFREE. From Wakefield Museums & Castles. Recommended for all ages.

Get to know the Wakefield Museums & Castles collections, sites and stories from the comfort of your own home! 

They have put together a range of downloadable activities for all the family to explore and enjoy for all age ranges. Have fun, get creative, and be curious.

Take a trip down memory lane or try something new. 

3. Get creative at home with Edinburgh Art Festival 

WOW Orange from Edinburgh Art FestivalFREE. From Edinburgh Art Festival. Recommended for ages: 5 - 11 years.

Artist and educator Naomi Garriock’s WOW ORANGE art pack invites young people, their family/carer or teachers to focus on colour, patterns and shapes from the natural world and drawing as a way of exploring therapeutic and meditative creative processes. The WOW ORANGE art pack is part of Children’s Art Week 2020 - a UK-wide programme run by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education.  WOW Orange is part of Edinburgh Art Festival's series of free DIY Art creativity kits.

it is a simple activity that uses materials at hand to focus on ideas around natural pattern, shape and colour, creating time for calm and the refocusing of thoughts through colour meditation. 

Get creative...

4. The Dinosaurs are coming...

The Dinosaurs are comingFREE. From Southbank Centre. Recommended for ages: 3 - 7 years. 

Back in February the Southbank Centre welcomed the weird and wonderful dinosaurs of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoohere as part of the Imagine Children’s Festival. Inspired by this they have pulled together some of the most roarsome dinosaur themed creative activities and art, for children and families, that you can enjoy at home.

What are you waiting for?

5. Enjoy Freedom Festival 2020 at home


Freedom Festival 2020FREE. Friday 4 September - Monday 6 September. From Freedom Festival Arts Trust. Recommended for all the family!

A festival where audiences expect the unexpected, Hull’s annual Freedom Festival will bring a flavour of its international arts festival direct to homes this September, responding to these unprecedented times with a programme broadcast digitally and via the BBC during what would have been the festival weekend.

From Friday 4 until Sunday 6 September audiences can turn on, tune in and enjoy a curated programme of world-class art and culture from the comfort of their homes.  Expect robot selfies, timely debates in the Re-Set Lab and bedtime stories the kids will remember for years.

Expect robot selfies, bedtime stories the kids will remember for years and a chance to malarkey around in the re-set lab. 

 Check out our activity libraryphysical event listings and online-event listings for even more ways to get creative at home.

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