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Creative activities for children during lockdown

Updated 20 July 2020 with lots of fun new things to do!

We know its hard to come up with new and exciting things to do to keep kids busy over this time, especially during the lockdown! So we’ve come up with a HOME-approved guide to some great activities and homeschooling resources to keep kids of all ages getting creative and having fun. See below for resources for film, dance, drama, visual art, museums collections and more!

We’ll update this page as on a regular basis so make sure you keep checking in!

Parents, carers and teachers, Manchester Museum have got you covered! They know the next few weeks will be very different, so if you’re home-schooling or want fun activities for the family check out and download their resources from their mobile site.

Z-arts: Story Drawing Club

Z-arts have teamed up with the Story Drawing Club, Discover Story Centre, Read Manchester and Stagecoach to bring families from across Manchester a wonderful new creative programme to inspire the next generation of story writers and illustrators. They’ve put a host of drawing tutorials online – you can see them all and have a go yourself by clicking here.

The Octagon: Storymakers Online

The Octagon are creating a series of online storymaker sessions. These accessible read-a-long and sing-a-long stories are told by an actor bringing original tales such as The Gingerbread Man and The Ugly Duckling to life. Make sure you download the activity sheet for each story too!

Visit’s Manchester’s round-up of education resources for kids

Visit Manchester have pulled together some of the best home-education inspired content, perfect for a digital day in with the kids.

Science Museum Group Learning Resources

While school groups can’t go to visit our friends at the Science and Industry Museum just yet, the Science Museum Group – of which they are a part – do have lots of great learning resources online, with handy instruction PDFs and videos. Most use items you can find around the house, too.  And if you missed their annual making festival, Makefest, there’s a blog post with lots of Makefest challenges to try at home.

National Trust

Start your nature adventure with National Trust’s ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’. This downloadable handy guide helps children to make the most out of our limited time outdoors during in lockdown. ‘From stargazing to crawling through mud looking for animal clues, we have something for every young explorer.’


IntoFilm provide support to help young people aged 5 to 19 to experience film creatively. Recently they announced their 50 film guides for all ages, to get kids to learn and think about film.

They also have their Review 100 competition, which encourages kids to submit a review online to be in with a chance to win a £20 amazon voucher. There is loads of amazing stuff on their website that is fun while also educational! A win-win for parents.


Firstsite artist activity packs 1, 2 and now 3!

Stay inspired with Firstsite’s artist created activity packs, featuring contributions from UK artists including Grayson Perry, Antony Gormley, Sarah Lucas, Gillian Wearing, Idris Khan, Lucy Gunning, Richard Wentworth, Cornelia Parker, Jeremy Deller, Gee Vaucher, Vanley Burke, Mark Wallinger and more. Get your free Art is Where the Home Is activity packs by just completing a short online form then download!

Firstsite also have other crafty activities to do with bits and pieces you find at home including, drawing, collage and finger knitting.


The Book TrustFun at home with authors and illustrators

The Book Trust has put together a fabulous page about all of the resources you can use to get your kids into reading, arts and drawing. It is broken down into age ranges, so you crack on with something that works for your little ones. Tips include draw-along videos, downloadable worksheets and draw a story masterclasses for kids.

Drama SourceDrama Resources

Drama Resource has all the tips and tricks to keep the drama king or queen in your life happy, even if they are missing their drama lessons. There are articles on writing for drama, tips on learning lines and videos about devising theatre.

Discover Art with Tate Kids

Tate Kids is full of fun games, interactive quizzes and videos about art and creativity. Our highlights include ‘Draw a Fairy Tale’ and video ‘5 Women Artists’ Stories’. The website is fun and colourful and bound to engage kids of all ages.

BBC Bitesize 

Our friends over at Salford Quays are really hitting it out of the park, with amazing content to keep kids busy and learning. From 20th April, they begin Bitesize Daily, their online lessons for children ages five to 14.

This new extensive offering will include online daily lessons, including daily guides for a host of subjects and daily programmes, which are 20 minute programmes to set up students and parents with a plan for each day’s study.


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