Art, Craft & Cooking


Exciting activities for kids from the Tate Gallery website. Videos, activities and unusual art ideas - chocolate painting anyone...?

Review by Rosanna Elliott for the Eastern Daily Press: "Get messy in the kitchen and get together to cook some tasty treats. Use items from your cupboard to make yummy iced biscuits, or add the ingredients to your shopping list and get the kids to cook tea (fajitas are a winner in our house!)."

Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. If you post your art to social media, be sure to hashtag it with #MoLunchDoodles!


For a bit of variety check out my cooking challenges. Suitable for children from tots to teens.

The lovely Tracey and Jaime from Make Mee Studio are running sewing challenges each week during lockdown.

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If you're not going anywhere this weekend then check out the Young Artists Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. 100 artworks chosen from those submitted this year by young people across the country. This is a truly stunning exhibition showcasing young talent and the thoughts, dreams and concerns of the next generation. All free to see and online. You can even vote for your favourite for the People's Choice Award - but be warned, it's a difficult choice!


The Poet Laureate, Cressida Cowell has an exciting Creativity Summer Camp this week with top authors, poets and illustrators contributing sessions. Lots to have a go at including writing tips, illustration lessons, poetry and performance workshop and story sharing from around the world. All free and a different theme each day - maybe make this your #unexpectedhomeschool creativity week!


Originally set up to support students in her own school, Dilys' blog highlights a different artist each week along with activities designed to inspire pupils' responses. There is interesting and concise information about each artist and the activities are carefully planned without a lot of equipment to ensure accessibility to all children. Her site includes lots of examples of her pupils' work alongside plenty of images from the artist to really give you a flavour of the unique aspects of their work.