Home Learning: Creative Ideas
Camden Spark: Online Creative Learning Activities for Schools and Families
This ever-growing, curated list highlights the wonderful array of online creative activities and resources that are available from our Camden Spark partners, for the classroom and for use at home.
Why not listen to Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindle, a wonderfully unexpected, unconventional take on traditional fairy tales which is best suited to older readers / listeners.
More than 70 videos of his online art lessons created during the last lockdown are still available on his website.
It you are up for it and the idea of some home science appeals, you could also try making a cabbage indicator (though do get them to wear old clothes; I know from bitter experience how hard it is to get red cabbage dye out of clothing!)
Natural History Museum Virtual Tours
The Natural History Museum has some great virtual tours that might keep them busy for a while.
British Library - Discovering Children's Books
Explore centuries of stories, poems and illustrations with Discovering Children's Books. For children, teachers and book-lovers of all ages
House of Illustration - Free family Resources
A range of completely free resources to educate, entertain and inspire kids at home.
British Museum - Sessions and Resources
A number of classroom resources which can be used at school or home, organised by Key Stage and then cultural area
The Tate Kids website has loads of ideas for art at home, as well as fun games and quizzes. Here are some great ones to get you started, but make sure you spend some time exploring the website yourself.
More than 70 videos of his online art lessons
Play Like Mum - Junk Modelling
This website has lots of good ideas for junk modelling, where you can create new 3D objects out of things found around the house that would normally go straight into the recycling.
Contemporary visual arts organisation Firstsite have made an activity pack in collaboration with lots of UK artists including Antony Gormley.
'Art is where the home is' has loads of fantastic ideas from different artists about how to get creative at home. Importantly, there are no special materials needed!
Drawing activities related to your reading
My favourite character: Draw a picture of your favourite character from your book and label their important features.
Wanted poster: Draw a ‘wanted’ poster for the 'bad' character in your reading book. Make sure you make it clear what they are wanted for, and what the reward for turning them in is!
Draw a comic strip: Choose 8 key events from your book and draw a comic-book strip about them. Remember to use speech bubbles to show what’s happening! A comic strip template can be downloaded here