With schools shutting down across the UK as the result of COVID-19, it looks like the kitchen table will take place of the classroom for the time being. Whether you’ve already got your timetable drafted or are taking a more relaxed approach, we’ve pulled together our top resources to help you get making with your kids at home.
First stop are our Craft Club activity tutorials. If you’ve not got a lot in the way of materials, you can make your own yarn from old t-shirts, go old-school and shrink down some crisp packets, and craft some paper shoes. Or why not cover your science for the day by making a cardboard automaton? Win!
With museums and galleries closed, now is a great time to explore collections online. Check out our collection of contemporary craft, or Tate and New York’s Museum of Modern Art have great resources to help older pupils (GCSE and above) dive into art. My Learning brings together resources from museums across the UK.
Our friends at Fixperts have free resources for the next generation of designers and engineers, and there's plenty of inspiration over at Little Inventors too. Or get out your lab coat and get stuck into Materiom’s recipe book to find out what materials you can make from an avocado stone (really!).
You’ll be able to find learning resources on all subjects via Tes, lots of them free of charge. The National Society for Art and Design Education (NSEAD) is sharing a weekly roundup of resources and the brilliant Gomersal Primary Art Blog will be posting daily updates to help you get creative at home. There's also @isolationartschool over on Instagram, sharing some great artist--they've also teamed up with Cass Art to offer free resource packs for low income families.
You can also join in with Create to Connect—two weeks of fun, creative challenges to do at home from 64 Million Artists and Nonsuch Studios is sharing a daily creative challenge, with seperate newsletters for adults and children. Fun Palaces are also doing their bit to help us connect creatively. 14-19 year olds can join free online workshops from Creative Dimensions--from puppet making to eco-fashion upcycling.
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!
If materials are a challenge then Make Bank offer free art supplies kits—you’d just need your child’s art teacher to help them apply.
We'd love to see what your family makes while you're at home--share your pictures with us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using #ShareAMake #EverydayMaking #TodayImMaking and #GetCreativeatHome, or join our Everyday Making Facebook group.
And when your children head back to school, remember to keep making and support our campaign to keep craft in the classroom.