Whether you’re in lockdown 2.0 or simply stuck indoors on a rainy day, we’ve compiled a list of exciting art activities that your little ones can do at home.
At Dodo, we went and created some downloadable indoor activities that’ll unleash the inner-artist of the young and the young at heart. There are some colouring-in pages and a hidden treasure activity for you to try! If your little ones are still champing at the artistic bit, keep reading for more.
Online Art Play for Kids with Polyglot at Home
Polyglot has been making theatre for young audiences for just over 40 years. Both here and overseas, the company is known as a leader in making work for young people that is playful, collaborative and distinctive. While many places have been pushing out art-based activities for kids, Polyglot has spent decades making sure kids are placed at the centre of their daring art-making process: if anyone knows how to keep your little ones engaged and motivated, it’s this company. Since the first lockdown started, they have been publishing #Polyglotathome activities on their social media feeds and website. Polyglot has a packed video library full of imaginative animation, short films and fun activities to inspire your little ones. Better yet, it’s all free!
ACMI’s Amazing Digital Programming for All Ages
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image has long been a pioneer of digital programming. If you’ve never been there before, it’s part museum, part art gallery, part cinema, part education centre. They have a suite of free education programs for kids aged 8+, from how to make a stop-motion animation to what makes a great game, to education guides on their exhibitions. You can even build your own game! All resources are completely free and don’t forget to check out their other digital programming.
Melbourne Museum’s Virtual Exhibitions for Children
A long time family favourite, the Melbourne Museum has been home to many an afternoon of joyful discovery. Now your kids can go to the museum without leaving home. Legendary permanent collections like Dinosaur Walk, The Melbourne Story and Marine Life are now available as audio and virtual tours. Our pick is WILD, which features 750 animals from around the world. Hook up your laptop to your TV for an immersive experience for the young ones as you go through the 360° view of each exhibit.
Indoor Kid’s Crafting Activities by Access Art
A UK based arts organisation, Access Art has published programs and videos on drawing, crafting and even mindful activities. They’re all free, but you can join up for even more! It’s great to be reminded that great art can still be accessible even without the fancy art tools at your disposal. That’s what we love about these activities: they’re simple and easy to follow. All you need is a spark to get started. For those of us who are a little less comfortable facilitating our child’s art play, there’s also advice for parents and educators. We can all learn something!
Virtual Drama Classes for All Ages with St Martins Youth Arts Centre
Some of Australia’s most well-regarded actors and comedians have been through the doors at St Martins including Catherine McClements, Ben Mendelson, Jane Turner and Gina Riley (Kath & Kim). Smarties, as it’s affectionately known, runs an inclusive and unique program of performing arts workshops that are taught by practising artists who push the boundaries of form and are passionate about working with children. St Martins also produces award-winning theatre with young people. All of their programs for young people aged 5+ are now online until further notice. You can follow their Facebook page for updates on digital programming.
Monterey Bay’s Virtual Aquarium
Based on the Californian ocean-front in the USA, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is known for its dynamic exhibits. It’s also reimagining what it means to be an aquarium by inspiring ocean conservation in the young and old. They have more than 200 exhibits and more than 80,00 plants and animals! And now ten of the most popular ones are live 7 am to 7 pm Pacific Standard Time. There’s also narrated feedings every weekday. Now you can plonk the kids in front of the smart TV and call it educational. You’re welcome.
Watch, Make & Do: Things to Do with Your Kids on a Rainy Day
UK based company A-Line Art is an interactive art and theatre company that makes work for youngsters up to 12 years old. Their Watch, Make & Do series of videos are great fun with a DIY Playschool feel. From ‘How to Make a Paper City’ to ‘How to Juggle’, there is an engaging activity that will keep your family busy. Each webisode also comes with an activity template you can download to assist with the fun. Be sure to click around their website for other at-home things to do.
At Home Creativity for Kids with Heart and Soul
Award-winning creative arts company and charity, Heart and Soul, believes in the talents and power of people with learning disabilities. They’ve created an action-packed Heart and Soul at Home program that you can access and have recorded audio descriptions for each section of their website making accessibility that much easier. If your little ones are interested in creating music, make a beeline for their Lockdown Lab project for tutorials on all things you’ll need to know on producing and recording music at home. They also published Creative Packs as a fun, crafty way to document your time during the lockdown.
Monday Makes: Creative Activities for Kids to Do at Home
Dundee Contemporary Arts are one of the world’s most successful contemporary arts centres. They have been running #MondayMakes on their Instagram feed since April, so search the hashtag on Instagram or check out their feed. Each week one of their world-renowned artists creates an art experience for kids, like this spinning sculpture project. What we love about Monday Makes is that it’s simple and easy, but also fully supported by an array of resources and background information that you can expect from a world-beating curatorial team.