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  • Participants at a Hey Clay! event. Photo by Iona Wolff

Hands-on making activities for home school, from Early Years to Key Stage 5

We have all you need for homeschooling craft activities

With schools closed across the UK as the result of COVID-19, it looks like the classes will be taking place on the kitchen table for a while yet. Despite the circumstances, creativity is flourishing. We've put together a set of resources to keep children and young people making at home.

With materials and space at a premium for lots of families, the activities require minimal resources. Activities from Early Years through to Key Stage 2 are designed for adults and children to do together; those for Key Stage 3 and above can be done by pupils independently.

Share what you make with Crafts Council on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using #EverydayMaking and #GetCreativeAtHome. To share with us anonymously, email pictures to participation@craftscouncil.org.uk. We will share a selection of our favourites regularly.

Thanks to all the teachers who we spoke to in order to create these resources and our continuing gratitude to Craft Education Supporter Cox London.

 

Age 3-5 (Early Years)

Under the Sea Collage Adventure

Voyage into the deep and make an underwater collage using scraps of card and paper. Tear, cut, stick, tell stories and learn about shapes.

Drawing Ourselves

Make a drawing of yourself and then add colour and texture using printing and rubbings.

Age 5-7 (Key Stage 1)

Nonsense Object Challenge

Nonsense Object Moodboard

Be inspired by ceramicist Richard Slee and make an amazing imaginary object from recycled materials. Extra points if it’s really silly.

Seasonal Sculptures

Seasonal Sculpture Moodboard

Create a sculpture inspired by your favourite season.

Age 7-11 (Key Stage 2)

Shibori Tie Dyeing

Shibori Moodboard

Learn about Shibori tie dye, a Japanese technique for dyeing fabric. Dye recycled fabric bright yellow using just kitchen ingredients! 

History through Craft

History through Craft Moodboard

Create your own historical costume using recylced materials.

Age 11-14 (Key Stage 3)

No-Sew Clothes

No Sew Clothes Moodeboard

Be inspired by fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto to make your own no-sew piece of clothing—just by folding, pleating and pinning.

Discovering Bauhaus

Discovering Bauhaus Moodboard

Explore the Bauhaus movement and challenge yourself to recreate one of Josef Albers’ geometric paper sculptures. 

Age 14-16 (Key Stage 4)

Art and Design

Texture

Texture Artist Profiles

Texture Moodboard

Experiment with texture in your art, craft and design work. You’ll create a series of samples that will help build your understanding of texture, try new things and add to your portfolio. 

Creative Collaboration

Creative Collaboration Moodboard

Take inspiration from artists, designers, photographers and craftspeople who have produced work together to produce your own collaboration with a friend.

Design and Technology

Design for Good

Design for Good Moodboard 

Explore design thinking and creative problem solving using materials and equipment found in your home. Your response could include graphic design, textiles design and / or product design.

Age 16-18 (Key Stage 5)

Art and Design

Space, Place, and People

Space, Place, and People Artist Profiles

Space, Place, and People Moodboard

How does your environment make you feel? In this project you’ll explore the relationship between space and emotion.  

Design and Technology

Disruptive Design

Disruptive Design Moodboard

Use design as a force for positive change by disrupting and redesigning existing systems or products to solve social challenges around accessibility and inequality.  

Make Your Own Materials

We've put together some handy recipes for craft materials you can cook up at home: 

Homemade Glue

DIY Chalk

Alternative Paints

Just-as-good-as-clay Salt Dough Recipe

Information for Teachers

After consultation with our teacher networks, we’ve designed these resources so that they can be printed and sent to homes without internet access, or accessed on a phone or tablet. We will be sharing more content over the next few weeks, so please check back to stay up-to-date. 

We’d love to see what your pupils make! Please encourage those with access to social media to share pictures with on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using #EverydayMaking and #GetCreativeAtHome. We will share our favourites regularly. To share with us anonymously, email pictures to participation@craftscouncil.org.uk. 

Join our Craft Educators group over on Facebook for more news, events and resources. 

Other Resources

Our Craft Club activity tutorials cover a range of materials, from paper craft shoes to mixed media paintbrushes. You can access all our resources for schools via our Artsmark page, including weaver Agnis Smallwood showing you how to weave on a cardboard loom

British Ceramics Biennial are inviting you to #ClayAtHome with their online tutorials and videos and ceramicist Sarah Core is posting clay parcels for people to use at home

For craft resources with a science and engineering focus, check out Fixperts and Little Inventors.  

The National Society for Art and Design Education (NSEAD) is sharing a weekly roundup of resources as are the brilliant Gomersal Primary Art Blog. There's also @isolationartschool and @emma_scottchild over on Instagram, and Makng Space has drawn together a great range of craft and textiles resources.  

Tapestry will be publishing weekly activity ideas for parents with children under 5 and the Froebel Trust has early years activity guides including outdoor exploration and playing with clay. Sound Connections have some great Early Years musical instrument craft tutorials if the house is feeling a bit quiet!

14-19 year olds can join free online workshops from Creative Dimensions--from puppet making to eco-fashion upcycling.

We know that for many families, finding craft supplies and adequate space for making will be a challenge. Make Bank offer free art supplies kits—you’ll just need your child’s art teacher to help them apply. Access Art has shared some great advice about making a creative space for children along with their practical activity ideas. 

 

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