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Arts and creativity at home & at school

Art 

  • Artist Activity Packs from Firstsite: Visual arts activities and prompts created by well known arts practitioners. No specialist materials required. Download here.
  • New Art Gallery Walsall: Join in online with our children’s workshops and create works of art at home.  Find it here. 

Dance

  • Peut-Être Theatre Audio Moves: Podcasts that explore movement in different themes. Find them here.

Literature

  • Michael Rosen: A wide collection of Michael Rosen stories, poems and readings/breakdowns of other famous works. Find it here.

Multiple Arts Forms  

  • Birmingham Open Media: STEAM Virtual Learning for Kids with activities that look at Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Maths. Find them here.
  • Birmingham Hippodrome: A range of activities suitable for students with Special Educational Needs from early years to 16, including health and wellbeing, dance, theatre and more. Find them here.
  • Royal Opera House Create and Learn: Creative home learning – from the Royal Opera House, to your house! Explore the magical world of the theatre from home. All of our new resources are free to access and do not require you to login. Find it here. 
  • Scottee: A series of engaging craft and creation projects to encourage creative ownership, expression and storytelling. Find them here.
  • Shakespeare Week Kids’ Zone: Activities related to Shakespeare’s plays and his life. Find them here.
  • Teaching History with 100 Objects: Harnesses the power of objects to motivate young people’s interest in history and provides resources to inspire studying events and people in the past. Find it here.
  • Te Rito Toi: Support teachers who work with children when they first return to school following major traumatic or life changing events. Find it here.
  • The Spark Arts for Children: A Creative Learning Toolkit including the themes of nature, rhythm and recycling through music, drama, literacy, arts and crafts. Find it here.

Music

  • Arts Award at home with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group: Arts Award with BCMG is a set of resources for children completing their Discover or Explore Arts Award at Home. Find it here. 
  • BBC Ten Pieces: Interactive learning for a range of ages looking at different aspects of classical music. Find it here. 
  • BBC Teach – Bring the Noise: A range of music and movement activities to do at home. Find them here. 
  • Chrome Music Lab: Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments. Find them here.

Visual Art

  • Art Games: Instructions and ideas for easy arts and crafts projects. Find them here.
  • Be Head SmART: A board game based on famous paintings to help to understand the artwork and for young people to make their own creative responses. Find it here.
  • Ikon Learning Families: A range of creative activities to try in your home for 5 to 14 year old’s linking to the Ikon’s latest exhibition. Find it here.
  • Lapworth Museum of Geology: An opportunity for children to complete Arts Award Discover at home. Find it here.
  • Museums Worcestershire: Explore the Museums Worcestershire activities to create your own story, make your own museum at home, colour-in the museum and much more for primary aged children. Find them here.
  • Tate Kids: An array of fun and engaging activities, including making, games, quizzes and exploring the Tate collections. Find it here.

Art 

  • Artist Activity Packs from Firstsite: Visual arts activities and prompts created by well known arts practitioners. No specialist materials required. Download here.
  • New Art Gallery Walsall: Join in online with our children’s workshops and create works of art at home. Find it here. 

Dance

  • Peut-Être Theatre Audio Moves: Podcasts that explore movement in different themes. Find them here.

Digital

  • Scratch Programming: Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. Find it here.

Literature 

  • Book trust:  A range of activities from listening to book readings by authors to book related craft ideas. Find it here. 
  • Michael Rosen: A wide collection of Michael Rosen stories, poems and readings/breakdowns of other famous works. Find it here.

Multiple Arts Forms  

  • Artslink West Midlands Virtual Schools: Find plenty of creative challenges and activities specially selected and commissioned for children and young people in care here.
  • Birmingham Open Media: STEAM Virtual Learning for Kids with activities that look at Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Maths. Find them here.
  • Birmingham Hippodrome: A range of activities suitable for students with Special Educational Needs from early years to 16, including health and wellbeing, dance, theatre and more. Find them here.
  • Imperial War Museum: Lots of engaging historical information and related activities presented in a ‘friendly’ way for a range of interests and abilities. Find it here.  
  • News Reporter Club: Make a radio news show from home! A fantastic creative, storytelling project delivered through a five-day activity pack. Find it here.
  • Rage Arts: Discover The Nutcracker through two activity packs bursting with activities from music to cooking to literacy, suitable for primary aged children. Find them here.
  • Royal Opera House Create and Learn: Creative home learning – from the Royal Opera House, to your house! Explore the magical world of the theatre from home. All of our new resources are free to access and do not require you to login. Find it here. 
  • Scottee: A series of engaging craft and creation projects to encourage creative ownership, expression and storytelling. Find them here.
  • Shakespeare Week Kids’ Zone: Activities related to Shakespeare’s plays and his life. Find them here.
  • Teaching History with 100 Objects: Harnesses the power of objects to motivate young people’s interest in history and provides resources to inspire studying events and people in the past. Find it here.
  • Te Rito Toi: Support teachers who work with children when they first return to school following major traumatic or life changing events. Find it here.
  • The Spark Arts for Children: A Creative Learning Toolkit including the themes of nature, rhythm and recycling through music, drama, literacy, arts and crafts. Find it here.

Music

  • Arts Award at home with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group: Arts Award with BCMG is a set of resources for children completing their Discover or Explore Arts Award at Home. Find it here. 
  • BBC Ten Pieces: Interactive learning for a range of ages looking at different aspects of classical music. Find it here. 
  • BCMG Creating Music at Home: This resource includes composing activities for children and young people that they can do at home with or without instruments. Find it here. 
  • Chrome Music Lab: Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments. Find them here.

Theatre

  • Pentabus Theatre: A collection of Pentabus’s theatre productions with interview’s, VOX POPs and insights into the making of productions. Find them here
  • Royal Shakespeare Company: A wide collection of Shakespeare’s plays explained broken down into accessible guides for young people. Find them here. 

Visual Art

  • Art Games: Instructions and ideas for easy arts and crafts projects. Find them here.
  • Ikon Learning Families: A range of creative activities to try in your home for 5 to 14 year old’s linking to the Ikon’s latest exhibition. Find it here.
  • Lapworth Museum of Geology: An opportunity for children to complete Arts Award Discover at home. Find it here.
  • Museums Worcestershire: Explore the Museums Worcestershire activities to create your own story, make your own museum at home, colour-in the museum and much more for primary aged children. Find them here.
  • RSA: A wonderful insight into the work of three regional visual artists, with the opportunity to engage with the work through ’emotional learning cards’ and video. Find them here.
  • Smithsonian: Explore the Smithsonian collection through guides, activities, virtual tours. Find it here.
  • Tate Kids: An array of fun and engaging activities, including making, games, quizzes and exploring the Tate collections. Find it here.

Digital

  • Scratch Programming: Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. Find it here.

History

  • Big History Project: A journey through nearly 14 billion years of history. Find it here.  

Literature

  • Michael Rosen: A wide collection of Michael Rosen stories, poems and readings/breakdowns of other famous works. Find it here.
  • National Literacy Trust: A wide range of interactive literacy, illustration and storytelling activities for 0 to 12 year olds to enjoy, create and engage with at home. Find it here. 

Multiple Art Forms

  • Artslink West Midlands Virtual Schools: Find plenty of creative challenges and activities specially selected and commissioned for children and young people in care here.
  • Birmingham Hippodrome: A range of activities suitable for students with Special Educational Needs from early years to 16, including health and wellbeing, dance, theatre and more. Find them here.
  • Birmingham Open Media: STEAM Virtual Learning for Kids with activities that look at Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Maths. Find them here.
  • Google Arts and Culture: A wide range of resources, exhibition and gallery tours and activities from across the world. Includes a range of arts genres. Find it here. 
  • Imperial War Museum: Lots of engaging historical information and related activities presented in a ‘friendly’ way for a range of interests and abilities. Find it here.  
  • News Reporter Club: Make a radio news show from home! A fantastic creative, storytelling project delivered through a five-day activity pack. Find it here.
  • Teaching History with 100 Objects: Harnesses the power of objects to motivate young people’s interest in history and provides resources to inspire studying events and people in the past. Find it here.

Music 

  • BCMG Creating Music at Home: This resource includes composing activities for children and young people that they can do at home with or without instruments. Find it here. 
  • Coding: music coding for children with a Raspberry PI. Find it here. 

Theatre

  • Pentabus Theatre: A collection of Pentabus’s theatre productions with interview’s, VOX POPs and insights into the making of productions. Find them here
  • Royal Shakespeare Company: A wide collection of Shakespeare’s plays explained broken down into accessible guides for young people. Find them here. 
  • Vamos Theatre: For anyone interested in mask find plenty of resources inspired by work of Vamos Theatre here.

Visual Art

  • Ikon Learning Families: A range of creative activities to try in your home for 5 to 14 year old’s linking to the Ikon’s latest exhibition. Find it here.
  • National Portrait Gallery: A series of interviews with portrait artists and sitters from the National Portrait Gallery. Find them here.
  • RSA: A wonderful insight into the work of three regional visual artists, with the opportunity to engage with the work through ’emotional learning cards’ and video. Find them here.
  • Smithsonian: Explore the Smithsonian collection through guides, activities, virtual tours. Find it here.
  • Tate Kids: An array of fun and engaging activities, including making, games, quizzes and exploring the Tate collections. Find it here.
  • The British Museum: Travel through time to discover artefacts and objects from the British Museum here.

Digital

  • Scratch Programming: Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. Find it here.

Literature

  • Michael Rosen: A wide collection of Michael Rosen stories, poems and readings/breakdowns of other famous works. Find it here.

Multiple Art Forms

  • Artslink West Midlands Virtual Schools: Find plenty of creative challenges and activities specially selected and commissioned for children and young people in care here.
  • Birmingham Hippodrome: A range of activities suitable for students with Special Educational Needs from early years to 16, including health and wellbeing, dance, theatre and more. Find them here.
  • Birmingham Open Media: STEAM Virtual Learning for Kids with activities that look at Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Maths. Find them here.
  • Google Arts and Culture: A wide range of resources, exhibition and gallery tours and activities from across the world. Includes a range of arts genres. Find it here. 
  • Imperial War Museum: Lots of engaging historical information and related activites presented in a ‘friendly’ way for a range of interests and abilities. Find it here.  

Theatre

  • Pentabus Theatre: A collection of Pentabus’s theatre productions with interview’s, VOX POPs and insights into the making of productions. Find them here
  • Royal Shakespeare Company: A wide collection of Shakespeare’s plays explained broken down into accessible guides for young people. Find them here. 
  • Vamos Theatre: For anyone interested in mask find plenty of resources inspired by work of Vamos Theatre here.

Visual Art

  • National Portrait Gallery: A series of interviews with portrait artists and sitters from the National Portrait Gallery. Find them here.
  • RSA: A wonderful insight into the work of three regional visual artists, with the opportunity to engage with the work through ’emotional learning cards’ and video. Find them here.
  • The British Museum: Travel through time to discover artefacts and objects from the British Museum here.

General Arts & Education 

  • Artslink Virtual Schools: arts & culture activities and experiences to do at home – art, music, dance, drama, creative literacy, digital arts and more – specially commissioned and selected for care experienced children & young people and the people they live with. Find it here. 
  • British Council School Resources: Searchable classroom resources and structured education packs that cover a wide range of cultural and arts subjects. Find them here.
  • Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Tour: Take a tour inside Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, explore the exhibitions and download works of art here. 
  • Discover Creative Careers: Careers information and opportunities for young people from creative organisations in one explorable directory. Find it here. 

Dance

  • Ascension Dance – creativity at home: Activities in choreography and dance with videos and pdfs. Find them here.

Film 

  • Into Film: activities related to films and film clubs, suitable for all ages. Find it here. 

Literature

  • British Library Discovering Children’s Books: Explore centuries of stories, poems and illustrations with Discovering Children’s Books. Create your own illustrations, stories, books and much more here.

Music

  • Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Learning Resources: A range of engaging and searchable music resources for young people and the adults that they work with. Find them here. 
  • Sing up: Singing for all age groups. Find it here.

Theatre

  • National Theatre: Access to NT productions, must be accessed through your school. Find it here.

Visual Art

  • Guggenheim, Bilbao: A virtual tour of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Find it here. 
  • J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles: Getty offers many free digital resources for exploration, study, and research, including online art, books, videos, and podcasts here. Find it here. 
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: A virtual tour of the Rijksmuseum. Find it here.