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Museum From Home

Looking for ideas or things to do? Our team have devised a variety of activities to help educate and entertain. Inspired by the collections across Colchester and Ipswich, from art to nature, archaeology to social history, we hope to bring the museum to you!

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Activity Library

Beagnoth Bites

Stuck for something to do this weekend? Why not try making some tasty Dark Age flapjacks with Beagnoth, Ipswich Museum’s resident Anglo-Saxon?

Edible Dinosaur poo

Ever wondered what Dinosaur poo tastes like…well this one is delicious!

Keep the kids busy with this simple (and maybe a little messy) foody craft. 

Ann Smiths 19th Century Icecream

Go back in time and make your own icecream the 19th century way – it’s super easy and rather delicious!

Stained Glass Biscuits

Follow our simple recipe to make these extra special biscuits.

We think you’ll agree, they taste delicious and look rather beautiful!

Teaching children from home? Then why not check out our free, downloadable resources.

Cannonball Truffles

Lay siege to your tastebuds with these rather delicious cannonball truffles. You can make them as they are, or get creative and add your favourite flavourings!

Pancake Animals

Bring a little extra joy to breakfast by transforming your pancakes into a variety of creatures!

Why not attempt your favourite animal from Colchester’s Natural History Museum or Ipswich Museum?

Make a Medieval Breastplate

Our Medieval man may have a shield and helmet, but he can’t go to battle without a breastplate!

Fear not! We can show you how to make one…

Medieval Quiz

How much do you know about medieval people? For example, could animals get into trouble or what did the children drink?

Take our short quiz and see what you can find out!

Build a Bird Feeder

Why not encourage some birds into your garden or balcony?

This simple guide will show you how to make a feeder using a few household objects.

Dried Flowers

Preserve the beauty of nature with this super simple activity.

You can add a splash of colour to your home or create a beautiful gift that can be popped in the post to a loved one!

Garden Wildlife Bingo

Nature lovers, we have just the game for you!

Explore your garden and see how many of these animals you can find.

Feed the Birds

Give nature a helping hand by making a high-energy bird feeder. It’s fun and easy to make, plus you can then enjoy watching all the visitors who come to use it!

 

Make Your Own Castle

It’s time to transform all that cardboard into something cool… such as your very own, mini Colchester Castle!

Make a Roman Shield

All new recruits to the Roman army need to look the part!

With some cardboard, a takeaway container and a few craft materials, we’ll show you how to make your own Roman shield.

Make a Roman Helmet

So you want to join the Roman army do you? Well you’ll need some equipment then!

This guide will show you how to make a Roman Soldier helmet using just cardboard and in a few simple stages.

Make a Roman Sword

We’ve already revealed how to make a Roman shield and helmet, now it’s time for a sword.

You’ll need this for the drill practice coming soon… Enemies beware!

 

Saving Anksi

What if the secret of our secure future lay in the forgotten past? A secret that only children knew about…

The Story Makers Company bring you their immersive drama and creative writing adventure for children ages 7-12 years! 

Animal A to Z

B is for… bear!

Can you think of an animal for each letter of the alphabet? Test yourself and get drawing!

Secret Messages

Calling all secret agents! We have a super-simple trick that will help you hide messages or conceal your drawings, ready for a big reveal!

 

Write Like a Roman

Using our handy alphabet, can you read some Roman graffiti?

Once you’ve got the hang of it, feel free to make your mark on our virtual wall!

DIY Zeotrope

Create your own animation 19th century style, with this simple guide to building a zeotrope!

Design a Dolls House

Be inspired by the Dolls Houses at Christchurch Mansion or Hollytrees Museum, and create your own!

Can you spot the cat napping in our one?

Recreate an Artwork

Visitor Services Assistant, Lottie took up the #GettyMuseumChallenge and staged a scene from the Hawstead Panels in Christchurch Mansion. Could you recreate an artwork using objects from around the house?

 

Milk Bottle Elephants

Turn an empty milk bottle into a colourful elephant or your very own Wool-I-Am.

No, really. Let us show you how…

 

Keeping People Safe

Our World War II activities focus on the lives of family members living on the ‘Home Front’ while Dad went off to war.

Can you help Grandad build a shelter to protect everyone?

Going Out To Work

Our World War II activities focus on the lives of family members living on the ‘Home Front’ while Dad went off to war.

Try communicating using Morse Code, like many young women learnt to do.

Life as an Evacuee

Our World War II activities focus on the lives of family members living on the ‘Home Front’ while Dad went off to war.

What do you think life would have been like for the children who were evacuated?

Feeding the Family

Our World War II activities focus on the lives of family members living on the ‘Home Front’ while Dad went off to war.

Mothers had to be creative with limited food supplies. What would you make with our list of rations?

Make a dancing Woolly Mammoth

Follow Assistant Collections and Learning Curator, Sam, as he shows you how to make a dancing Wool-I-Am, inspired by everyone’s favourite Ipswich Museum resident!

Act Like Animals!

There are lots of animals on display in the Natural History Gallery in Colchester or at Ipswich Museum. Let’s bring them to life and have some fun!

Make Your Own Rainbow Peacock

Decorate our peacocks plumage however you like and show your support for the NHS!

Hand Animals

Try our cheeky cheat that will help you create a variety of animals, simply by drawing around your hands!

What other shapes/ creatures can you make?

Anglo Saxon Riddles

Anglo-Saxons loved riddles. Can you work out the solutions to these ones?

Check your answers by translating the futhorc runes!

The Science of Archaeology Wordsearch

Can you find the hidden words related to archaeology?

Be warned – this wordsearch is not for the faint-hearted!

Fake A Fossil

With a little homemade salt dough, you can create your very own fossils! What will you preserve?

A Home For Your Collection

Do you have a collection but nothing to store it in? We can show you how to keep your precious objects safe with a simple origami box.

 

Cupcake Butterflies

Ever think you could create beautiful butterflies from stuff found in your kitchen and bathroom cupboards? 

Paper Chain Snake

With a little coloured paper, you’re just a few steps away from creating your own bendy snake!

Animal Pairs

A print-at-home pairs game, inspired by different creatures from the natural world and illustrated by one of our team!

Miniature Garden

Why not get creative and make your own Chelsea Flower Show at home?

They might be very small, but miniature gardens can be a whole lot of fun to create!

 

Victorian Wordsearch

Queen Victoria reigned from 20 June 1837 until 22 January 1901.

Can you find our hidden words linked to Victorian life?

Cardboard Cannon

Wondering what to do with all those toilet rolls…?

Let us show you how to make your very own hand cannon and skittles, then let battle commence!

Fossil Wordsearch

From Ammonite to Trilobite, go on on a hunt for our fossil-related words and maybe find a few you didn’t know before!

Make Christchurch Mansion

Using our template as a guide, and with some scrap cardboard rescued from the recycling bin, why not create a miniature Tudor Mansion? 

Loo Roll Butterflies

A simple toilet roll gets a makeover and emerges as a beautiful butterfly with this craft activity.

Use whatever you have at home to create a one-of-a-kind creature.

 

Romans Activity Sheet

We’ve partnered up with the Children’s University! To celebrate we have an assortment of fun-filled activities for you to try, from making a mosaic to deciphering Caesar’s cypher!

Buttons + Bottle Tops

Rescue those random bottle tops and jar lids heading for the bin and bring them to life! 

We have a few different examples to get you started but, after that, anything goes!

Boudica Hand Puppet

We’ve taken inspiration from Roman historian, Cassius Dio, and designed a hand puppet of Boudica, the famous Iron Age Queen.

Window Eye-Spy

Wherever you live, the natural world isn’t far away. Look out of your window and see if you can spot these animals.

Print making

Take a vegetable or a sponge and turn it into a stamp. You’ll be able to make your very own wall paper or gift wrap!

Make Your Own Bookmark

Never lose your place again with our super easy, DIY bookmark activity.

You can personalise your creation with any design you like!

Split Pin Figures

With the help of a few split pins, why not transform an old cereal box into your very own character?

Add a straw or garden cane and you’ve got yourself a puppet!

Historical Bunnies

Wondering what to do with all those toilet roll tubes? We think they’re perfect for making bunny rabbits (obviously).

This guide will show you how to make a historical bunny using some card and a lick of paint!

Bunny Bowlers

Test your throwing and maths skills with this Easter-themed, target game that can be played indoors or outdoors!

Grab a ping pong ball (or make one out of tin foil), print off the templates and get colouring.

Easter chick

With Easter on its way, why not have a go at making a cute Easter chick?

We’ll show you how to transform an egg box into a chick, complete with a little nest!

Easter Egg Hunt

Search for something slightly different this Easter with our museum-inspired eggs.

Print off, cut out and hide, then let the fun the begin!

Wordsearch

Can you find the hidden words in our Roman, Castle and Natural World themed puzzles?

You might come across a few you didn’t know…

Cheat's Stained Glass

Join our #StainedGlassSunday campaign by creating your own from materials you might have lying around at home.

Why not feature your favourite Colchester landmark, historical figure or even an event!

Colour me in

From Roman soldiers to birds, these drawings are calling out for some colour!

Get recycling and print your favourite on some scrap A4 paper.

Venues

Colchester Museums

With a unique mix of fascinating displays, the latest technology and hands-on activities, there is lots for your family to explore and discover across Colchester Museums’ three sites.

Ipswich Museums

Covering thousands of years of both human and natural history, there is so much to for families to discover across Ipswich Museums’ three venues.

Where will your adventure start?