Easter Family Online Programme

While we’re all stuck at home, we don’t want anyone to miss out on being creative. Our programming team pulled together two weeks worth of family fun and creative challenges that you can enjoy in from comfort of your own home.

Each day of the Easter holidays we shared a new activity.

Now Easter’s been and gone and you’re sufficiently full of chocolate we still wanted you to be able to access these fun and free resources.

Grab all of the activity resources and worksheets below:

Happy Crafting, Stay Safe.

p.s. make sure to share pictures on our social media channels, we’d love to see what you create!

  • Tuesday 7 April - Creative Challenge: Dinomites

     

    Download all the dinosaur templates and instructions here: Creative Challenge: Dinomites

    What you need: Cardboard, scissors

    Instructions: Draw around your template onto cardboard. If you’re working on thick card, you might need to make your slot a little bit wider to fit both pieces together. You can colour, collage or paint onto your card shapes before assembling if you like.

    We’d love to see what you’ve made so remember to share your finished dinomites!

    #SCCreativeChallenge #EasterChallenge #Dinomania

  • Wednesday 8 April - Creative Challenge: Stained Glass Effect Easter Eggs

    Download all the instructions here: Creative Challenge Stained Glass Easter Egg

    What you need:

    Clear plastic (recycled packaging, plastic bag, A4 plastic wallet, sandwich bag, acetate)
    Coloured materials, ideally transparent or translucent (plastic bags, recycled packaging, tissue paper)
    Clear tape or glue
    Scissors

    Instructions:

    ⦁ Cut an oval from your clear plastic.
    ⦁ Gather different coloured materials, cut them into small pieces
    ⦁ Stick them to your oval in whatever design you choose. Ours also shows passers-by that we are staying home and staying safe with a beautiful rainbow design.
    ⦁ Display in your window using some clear tape

    We’d love to see what you’ve made so remember to share your finished stained glass eggs!

    #SCCreativeChallenge #EasterChallenge

  • Thursday 9 April - Creative Challenge: Dinosaur Mania

    Our dinosaurs are missing all the visitors to the Museum and can’t wait to see you all again. If you’re missing them why not try this dinosaur challenge to test your knowledge and get creative?

    Download the full quiz here: Creative Challenge Dinosaur Mania

    What you need: paper, a pencil or pen, colouring pencils. If you get stuck you can use the internet to search for the answers.

    Instructions: (if you can’t download the quiz worksheet above)

    1. It’s Easter and everyone is thinking about eggs! Can you draw a baby dinosaur hatching out of an egg?

    2. How many teeth did a T-Rex have? 60

    3. In our Winter Gardens we have a descendant of the dinosaurs which can still be found today. What type of animal is it? Crocodile, Rabbit, or Owl

    4. Scientists are starting to find evidence that dinosaurs might have been many different colours. If you designed a dinosaur what colours would you choose?

    5. Dinosaurs can have unusual names but which of these are real? Gasosaurus, Arthurdactylus, Supersaurus, Pantydraco
    We made Melsaurasaurus up!

    6. The Therizinasaurus had the longest claw of any dinosaur. How long could they be? 50cm, 100cm, 35cm, 150cm, or 200cm

    7. Which famous fossil hunter found her first dinosaur fossil when she was 12? Clue – she lived in Dorset. Mary Anning

    8. Which famous dinosaur came to visit Newcastle last year? Dippy the Diplodocus from the Natural History Museum in London

    9. How many horns does a triceratops have? 3

    10. Palaentologists find lots of fossils in the U.S.A. Some states even have a state fossil or a state dinosaur. Which has the Utahraptor as its state dinosaur? Utah

    11. Can you find all the hidden words in the dinosaur wordsearch?

    12. How many other words can you find in the word dinosaur?

    Here are some we found:

    Sun, Run, Air, Raid, Raids, Nor, Soar, Around, Aid, Our, Said, Round, Dias, Sound

    How many did you find?

     

  • Friday 10 April - Creative Challenge: Easter Wreath

    Download the worksheet with instructions here: Creative Challenge Easter Wreath

    You will need: Egg box or card Sheet of thick card e.g. cereal box Paper – green if you have it but any colour will do
    Paint / felt tips / colouring pencils Scissors Glue or a stapler String or any kind of thread

    Optional: Sequins, glitter, pompoms, pipe cleaners… anything else you have to decorate Bowls or similar to draw around – two different sizes to make a ring

    Instructions:

    1. Make your wreath ring by drawing a large circle around a bowl or plate. Draw a smaller circle in the middle to make a donut shape. Make sure your inner circle is small enough so that the ring is broad enough to decorate well.

    2. Cut around the larger circle.

    3. Fold it in half so you can cut the middle circle out without damaging the outer one.

    4. Cut leaves out of paper and decorate them individually.

    5. If you have an egg box, separate the wells for the eggs and shape them to be flowers. If you don’t have an egg box, use some other card and cut petal shapes. You can bend them to make the curl outwards. Decorate them in bright colours

    6. Make a loop of string or thread and attach it to the top with a staple. You could also make a hole and thread it through.

    7. Arrange your petals and flowers around the wreath shape; staple or glue them down when you’re happy with the arrangement. 8. Hang up to decorate your home.

    We’d love to see what you’ve made so remember to share your finished wreaths!

    #SCCreativeChallenge #EasterChallenge

  • Saturday 11 April - Creative Challenge: Girl on Liner - Paper Doll Chain

    Creative Challenge: Make a paper doll chain of the girl on liner and her friends, dressed for a party on the ship.

    Download the worksheet with instructions here: Creative Challenge Girl on Liner

    You will need: A4 paper,  coloured pencils or colouring pens, scissors

    Girl on Liner is a painting by British artist Rose Wylie. The painting is part of the Arts Council Collection and was shown in the Received Wisdom exhibition at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. Rose Wylie is known for making large paintings, inspired by things she sees in films, news stories and magazine pin-ups.

    Instructions:

     

     

     

     

    Step 1 Take a piece of A4 paper(landscape) and fold it like a fan into six sections

    Step 2 Draw half of a figure on the top of the folded paper. Make sure the figure is pointing towards the joined edge of the paper and that the fan and arm touches the opposite edge of the paper (this is where the figures will join)

    Step 3 Cut out around the line


     

     

     

    Step 4 Unfold the paper. You should have 3 figures joined in a row by their hands. Each hand has a fan – you can cut out the spare ones so the figures have one each.


     

     

     

    Step 5 Decorate the figures with pencils or colouring pens – one can be the girl on a liner, the others are her friends, going to a party on the ship.

     

     

     

     

     

    Step 6 – extension activity Write the story of the girl on liner What is her name? Where is she travelling to? Who is she waiting for on the ship’s deck? Who are her friends? What happens next?

    Why not put your finished paper dolls on display on your window sill for everyone outside to enjoy?

    #SCCreativeChallenge #EasterChallenge

     

  • Sunday 12 April - Creative Challenge: Friendly Easter Treasure Hunt

     

    Join in for a very special Easter Treasure Hunt!

    We’ve written a story about five friends who take part in an Easter Treasure Hunt. Read the story and note down what each character finds as you go then add them up at the end. There’s a table for you to use to keep track. Colour in the pictures to complete the story.

    Download the full activity, story and instructions here – Creative Challenge Friendly Easter Treasure Hunt

    Good luck! We’d love to hear your final stories and recycled scenes so don’t forgot to share them with us on our social media channels!

    Answers below

    #SCCreativeChallenge #EasterChallenge

  • Monday 13 April - Creative Challenge: Spring Collage

    Download the worksheet with instructions here: Creative Challenge Spring Collage

    You will need: A4 paper/card, coloured pens, scissors, glue

    This picture is called Spring Colour Study No.19 is a painting by British artist Mary Webb. The painting is part of the Arts Council Collection and was shown in the Received Wisdom exhibition at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. Mary Webb makes large scale square abstract paintings using bright colours and simple shapes including squares, rectangles and triangles.

    What is abstract art? Abstract art uses the visual language of form, shape, colour and line.

    The creative challenge?

    Make your own abstract artwork inspired by spring and the painting Spring Colour Study No. 19 by artist Mary Webb.

    Step 1. This artwork is called Spring Colour Study. 19. The Tartist has thought about spring and used colours and simple shapes to represent her ideas. Can you think of 5 colours that best represent spring? Can you think of 4 or 5 shapes that represent spring? Clue: think of the shapes of Easter animals, raindrops, sun, rainbows, eggs and flowers.

    Step 2. Using a sheet of A4 paper or card draw your 4 or 5 shapes on the paper (try and make the shapes quite big and bold). Now colour them in with your five chosen colours.

    Step 3. Cut out different rectangle, square and triangle shapes from your drawings, using scissors. Aim for about 8 – 10 cut outs. You can leave white paper in your cut outs

    Step 4. Cut a square piece of paper or card from an A4 sheet (Mary Webb’s artworks are always square). Clue: to get an exact square fold over the edge of the paper to make a triangle in the corner and cut the excess paper (rectangle) off. Unfold and you have a square!

    Step 5. Arrange the shapes on the square paper/card in an interesting way – they can overlap or stick over the edge (you can cut any overhanging bits off at the end).

    Step 6. Step 6 Glue the pieces on to the background square. This technique is called collage. Your Spring abstract collage is complete! Why not stick it in a sunny window for others to enjoy?

  • Tuesday 14 April - Creative Challenge: Fish for Fun

     

    Download the worksheet with instructions here: Creative Challenge Fish for Fun

    You will need: Card – from packaging, or thick paper / Scissors / Basic drawing supplies

    Instructions:

    Draw a fish shape on a piece of card and cut it out. Ours (in instructions above) is 15cm but they can be any size. Use it as a template and draw round it several times on the card. Cut them out and number them on the blank side. We have 16 activity ideas, do as many as you want, or as many as fit on your piece of card.

    Playing the game: Each fish has a number that matches to an activity. Arrange the fish with the numbers down and mix them up. Take turns to choose a fish – turn it over and complete the challenge. It’s then the turn of the person to the left. This isn’t a game that can be won, which is why it’s called Fish for Fun!

    1. Everyone draw the person next to you
    2. Everyone make the sound of a fish
    3. Everyone play hide and seek – you are it
    4. Everyone stand on one leg – the last one to put both feet on dry land wins Everyone move like a fish
    5. Everyone move like a fish
    6. Pretend to swim in a stormy sea
    7. Pretend you are a jungle animal
    8. Sing your favourite song together
    9. Everyone draw a picture of home
    10. Everyone pretend you’re a bird flying
    11. Imagine you are in a band together playing your favourite instruments
    12. Pretend you are a roaring monster
    13. Everyone pat your head and rub your tummy
    14. Count backwards from 20
    15. Everyone draw a seaside theme – make sure there’s a fish in it!
    16. Take turns to hum a tune and let everyone guess what it is
  • Wednesday 15 April - Creative Challenge: Koi Fish

    Download templates here: Creative Challenge Koi Carp Pool

    Once you’ve made your koi carp fish, why not add some string and hang them up in a window for everyone to enjoy?

     

  • Wednesday 15 April - Maths Challenge: Cornflake Conundrum

     

    To go alongside our Creative Challenges our programming team have come up with this (tasty) Maths Challenge for you and your kids to take part in while you’re homeschooling.

    Work your way through the Cornflake Conundrum maths questions, then make some tasty treats as a family!

    Download the challenge worksheet here: Maths Challenge Cornflake Conundrum

    Answers below:

    You get the cornflakes from the cupboard. The full box had 1 kilogram of cornflakes inside. How much is this in grams? 1000g

    The box is already open and half the cornflakes have been eaten. How many grams are left in the box? 500g

    You have found the rest of a chocolate bar that you used last time you baked but there is only 70g left. You will have to take some chocolate from one of your Easter eggs to make up the 100g total you need for your recipe.

    How much Easter egg chocolate do you need to weigh out? 30g

    One Easter egg weighs 140g. How much Easter egg chocolate is left in the box? 110g

    You’d like to make two batches of cornflake cakes. How much of each ingredient will you need to weigh out?

    200g cornflakes

    200g chocolate

    100g butter

    6 tablespoons of golden syrup

    Do you have enough ingredients to make two batches of cornflake cakes?

    YES

    How many grams are left of cornflakes 300g and Easter egg chocolate 10g?

    Did you get them all right!? 😀

  • Thursday 16 April - Creative Challenge: Rainbow Beads

    Download the worksheet with instructions here: Creative Challenge Rainbow Beads 

    You will need:
    Scrap paper with some colour on. Look through magazines, junk mail, newspapers, wrapping paper
    Scissors
    Clear tape
    Something to wrap the paper around, such as a pencil
    String, thread or wire

  • Friday 17 April - Creative Challenge: Dino Diorama

    Creative Challenge: Use lots of imagination and create a Dino Diorama for your own dinosaurs inspired by the Winter Gardens.

    Download the full instructions in the worksheet here: Creative Challenge Dino Diorama

    What you need: Paper, colouring pencils or pens or paint ,scissors, glue, large box eg. cereal box/ shoe box/ Easter egg box, bit of card.

    Other things you could use: magazines, wool, pipe cleaners, cotton wool, tissue paper, egg boxes

    Tip: Before you start look up pictures of what the landscape looked like when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

    Instructions: 

    Step 1: Take a piece of paper (you may need to use more than one sheet) and draw your background or draw straight onto the box whichever you find easiest.

    Step 2: Stick the drawing into the box

    Step 3: Now draw trees, rocks and plants onto your card. Leave a tab at the bottom you can fold under. You can make 3D models just remember to leave a tab to fold under. Make them in lots of different sizes.

    Step 4: Cut them out fold the tab under and stick them in place. If you have made lots of different sizes remember to put the littlest at the back and the biggest at the front.

    Step 5: You could use tissue paper for trees and plants, add rocks made from egg boxes, blue card or wool for a river or a lake and many other things. Use lots of imagination.

    Step 6: Add your dinosaurs to their new home!

    Top tip: If you don’t yet have your own dinosaurs then check out our first Dinomites challenge to see how to make some!

  • Saturday 18 April - Creative Challenge: Rainbow Rocks

    There are two options for this; decorate real rocks from your garden or make your own using paper mâché. Whichever one you do, display them in your window so that people know you’re staying safe by staying home.

    Download the worksheet with instructions here: Creative Challenge Rainbow Rocks

    If you have real rocks….

    You will need: Paint or felt tips

    Instructions: Simply paint on a colourful rainbow design like ours below! Display them in your yard, garden or window sill so others can see them.

    OR

    If you want to make your own rocks…

    You will need:
    Newspaper or scrap paper such as old magazines, junk mail, used envelopes, tin foil. You’ll need some that isn’t glossy for the outside.
    Tape or elastic bands
    PVA glue *see below for alternatives
    Paint brush
    Paint

    1. Screw up old paper or foil into balls about the size of a fist or tennis ball. Use up any shiny or glossy paper for this part, save any newspaper and nonshiny bits for step 3. Keep one side flat for the base.

    2. Tape it in place or wrap elastic bands round to keep the shape.

    3. Rip your scrap paper into small pieces. Newspaper is best but everyday writing paper or printer paper or envelopes work too.

    4. Make a watered down PVA by adding a little water and mixing it together. It needs to be quite runny so it’s easy to paint on and will dry quickly. Recycled plastic packaging makes a good mixing bowl, or an old jar. (Make small amounts and top it up as you need to).

    5. Paint your PVA mixture onto the first rock and cover it with the pieces of paper. Just do one layer for now. Paint over the joins to help the pieces stay stuck down. If you’ve made a few rocks repeat this step for all of them now and leave them to dry.

    6. Add more layers of paper. Make sure your paper pieces overlap the ones underneath so you don’t have any gaps as these will create weak points. Leave each layer to dry in between. Aim to do at least three layers if you can.

    7. Leave your rocks to dry overnight.

    8. Paint your rocks with a base colour to cover up the print from your newspaper then leave them to dry.

    9. Decorate your rocks with rainbow designs.

    *You can use wall paper paste but follow the safety instructions carefully as it may contain fungicide. You can also make your own glue using equal parts flour and water. Add a bit of salt to stop it from going mouldy!

  • Sunday 19 April - Creative Challenge: The Prophecy by David Medalla

    The Challenge: Create a self-portrait which symbolizes a prophecy about life in Sunderland after COVID 19.

    Suitable for ages 10 +

    * Note for parents and carers – see end of worksheet

    Materials: A4 / A3 paper, cardboard, newspaper or whatever you have available. Pastels, paint, pens, markers, crayons, colouring pencils

    Download the full worksheet here: Creative Challenge A Prophecy

    (David Medalla , A Prophecy, 1989, oil on canvas)

    The Prophecy by David Medalla is a big painting (210cm by 310cm!) which was created using oil paints. It shows a prophecy and many objects and symbols that have significant meaning to the artist and his positive vision of the future.

    The words  in the painting – Je vois le temps a venir – mean ‘I see the time to come’ and the scene is set under the Grande Arche, a monument to people and humanity that opened in Paris on 14 July 1989.

    The phoenix in the bottom right section of the painting represents rebirth and the symbols held by the dangling figure are the letters alpha and omega in the Greek alphabet. They represent the beginning and the end. What do you think the train tracks represent?

    The whole scene is a celebration of a positive future and the coming together of people, languages and symbols from different cultures.

    The Challenge? Use this painting to inspire your own self portrait which symbolizes a prophecy about what you hope Sunderland is like after the COVID-19 virus. What objects and symbols would you include? How will you represent your thoughts and feelings in your artwork?

    Step 1. Take a piece of scrap paper and write down 3 words or phrases that represent you. It could be about your talents – sporty, bookworm, gymnast, artist – or it could be a description of your personality – kind, friendly, loud, quiet or it could be about something else entirely – sister, animal lover, dreamer…

    Step 2 Now write down objects or symbols that could represent these words. For example; Animal lover – RSPCA logo, photo of your cat…
    Bookworm – a book, a bookmark, kindle logo, harry potter, Roald Dahl images….
    Food lover – pizza, biscuits, fruit, cup of tea, a menu, cutlery…..

    Step 3. Repeat the above process but this time choose 3 words about the future. What do you want the future to be? What do you want people to be in the future?How will we celebrate when this is over? Now draw up a list of objects that could represent these words.

    Step 4. Draw a picture of yourself in the centre of your artwork. This can be as simple or as detailed as you want: It could be a simple silhouette.

    Step 5. Draw a large yellow sun shape around you and include a written prophecy of what you hope for the future. In the artwork this is written in French. You could use google translate to find out how to write yours in French if you have access to the internet.

    Step 6. Draw your 3 objects that represent your personality and your 3 objects that represent your hopes for the future.

    Step 7. Now add as much colour or detail as you want and don’t forget to post up your results online.

    Note for parents and carers: Thinking about the coronavirus and the future could be difficult for some children. They may be worried or anxious about the things they are seeing and hearing and the situation may be affecting your family personally. It can be helpful for them to talk about their feelings with you. For help and support with talking about coronavirus with children you can find advice on these links:

    https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus 
    https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/talking-to-children

    https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/coronavirus-how-talk-child.html