Easter holidays projects
Make a comic book
Sometimes we over burden children by expecting them to invent a story, plot, characters and dialogue from scratch. By using their real life as fuel, children can focus on the humour and storytelling. Children can make their own comic showing the life of their household. The Beano is a great source of inspiration. Its website contains lots of comic strip examples.
Record a life story
During this period of social distancing, many older people in our communities and families may be feeling particularly lonely. This project can help to keep children occupied in a meaningful way that benefits others too. Think of a relative or neighbour who may have an interesting story to tell about their life. Children can prepare questions in advance and call their chosen older person to hear their stories. They can write these up and send them to their interviewees or phone them up and read them to them.
Create a superhero alter-ego
This project can be small or large. On a smaller scale, set up an art session and draw a new superhero and write part of a film script or story.
On a larger scale children can design a new super hero costume. Does it have gadgets? Can they create these from junk at home?
Make a shadow puppet theatre
As a form of ancient storytelling, it is worthy of study in its own right, as well as being a rich way to develop children's skills in design and performance. Children can create their own stories, props and characters from scratch, or create their own reimaginings of classic fairy and folk tales.
Go on a virtual museum tour
Many great museums have some very designed virtual tours that children can enjoy. The British Museum and the Natural History Museum both have great interactivity through the Google Arts and Culture app.
More projects for Week 2
Rainbows of hope
Design rainbows and decorate your home or windows. This will spread across your neighbourhood.
Read as many books as you can this week and take photos of yourself reading in unusual places around your home and garden.
Make a musical instrument
Use containers and objects around your home to make a musical instrument. Write a song and accompany it with your instrument.
Make a friendship bracelet
Use loom bands or plait wool to make your friendship bracelet.
Make a den
Use blankets and cushions to make a den.
Make a saturated salt solution and add a thread of wool. Leave the end of the wool out of the solution. As the water evaporates watch the crystals grow up the thread.
Make play dough
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/3 of a cup of salt
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
Make your own Mathematical board game
Play it with your family
How would you get to the moon?
Find out about what an astronaut needs to get to the moon? Create lists and instructions. How long would it take you to get there? What would you eat? How would you sleep? What problems might you come across?
Famous Scientist Project
Choose a famous scientist. Find out what they are famous for and as many interesting facts as you can. Find out about what they invented or what scientific research they conducted. Create a fact file or project about your chosen scientist.
Famous Artist Project
Find out as much as you can about any famous artist. Look at their paintings and art work and create your own art work in the same style. Keep a scrap book of your art work.
Choose an animal
Is your animal endangered? Why? Create a project to teach somebody else all about your chosen animal.
Collect recipes and try cooking them.
How does a steam engine work?
Find out and write an explanation.
Grow some seeds. Take photos or keep a diagram diary.