Spring Thing


Big Activities with a Small Footprint!

This Easter we’ve created loads of eco-friendly activities to celebrate nature and change. From sunflower growing guides to felt-making and bee quizzes, we’ve packaged up everything you’ll need this holiday to keep your family entertained and get them outdoors!

Nature-themed at home activity packs

Reserve a FREE Spring Thing creative craft pack online for the family by clicking on the links below. You will be directed to our Eventbrite booking pages.

Delph Library
Oldham Library SOLD OUT
Crompton Library SOLD OUT
Lees Library SOLD OUT
Failsworth Library 

If you have reserved a pack online at one of our libraries, you will need to collect it from there from Tuesday 6th April until Saturday 1st May during the following opening times:

Oldham – Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Crompton, Failsworth, Lees – Monday-Saturday 10am-2pm
Delph – Tuesday & Thursday 2pm-5pm; Saturday 10am-1pm

Missed out on a pack? Scroll down for activities you can do with or without our pack!

Each pack includes:

•             Origami plant pot
•             Spring Thing Sunflowers: Planting activity
•             Let’s Make Felt Leaves
•             Mud painting
•             How to make paper flowers
•             Bee themed fun facts and puzzles
•             How to make an Egg Box Flower wreath
•             Clay bee modelling
•             Peter Rabbit indoor treasure trail
•             Storytime with Oldham Libraries
•             Discover Arts Award at Home

•             Craft and planting instructions
•             Planting compost in biodegradable bag
•             Sunflower seeds
•             Wool and eco bubble wrap for felting
•             PVA Glue
•             Air Dry Clay
•             Biodegradable cotton buds
•             Lolly-stick to label your seeds
•             A5 coloured card and paper
•             Bee themed activity sheet
•             Flower garland activity sheet
•             Peter Rabbit treasure trail
•             Discover Arts Award

Paper Flowers | Alison Cooper

Follow this step by step guide created by artist Alison Cooper. Craft some beautiful paper flowers inspired by the artwork Tradition by Bangladeshi artist Abdus Shakoor Shah which is part of Gallery Oldham’s art collection. All you’ll need are scissors, coloured paper, a pencil, ruler and glue.

Watch below, follow our simple how-to-guide webpage or download our step-by-step guide for some extra help.

Mud Painting | Fay Buchnan

Can you create a picture just using mud? It’s the perfect activity after the rain has brought lots of muddy puddles! We would love to see your artwork, please share with us your creations. Watch the film below or visit our Mud Painting webpage to follow our simple how-to-guide webpage or download our step-by-step instructions.

This early years adventure is inspired by an oil painting in Gallery Oldham’s collection called ‘Morning in a Wood’ by Harry WatsonIt beautifully captures the experience of playing in a forest, with the sunlight peeking through the trees.

Did you know that the gallery looks after hundreds of paintings many of them are inspired by nature? Why not visit the Art UK  website to see their artworks.

Felt Making

Here at Gallery Oldham we love nature. Join Isabel Pickup as she gets hands on and shows you how to make felt leaves. Watch the film (opens in new tab) or download our handy step-by-step guide.

Peter Rabbit Treasure Hunt

Peter Rabbit illustration showing him eating carrots.

Oldham Libraries are having fun with Peter Rabbit this Easter and have put together a treasure trail for you to hunt out all that chocolate. Take a trip with Peter to find the clues and come up with the secret name.

You can download the trail here:

Air Drying Clay Craft – Bee Pot

Join Gallery Oldham’s Dee to create this amazing air drying clay pot. Emboss it with patterns from things found around your home and sculpt your very own bee. A great half-an-hour entertainment to get your kids off their tablets and their imaginations fired up. Make sure you send us your pictures!

Go to our Bee Pot instructional webpage or download our simple guide.

Live Story Time ‘The Little Bee That Was Not Wanted’| Thursday 8 April, 10 am | Oldham Libraries Facebook Page

Illustration of bee

Join Michaela for her original tale about a little bee that is trying to find his place in the world. After much searching he finds out exactly how important he is.

Discover Art Award | Spring Thing

The Arts Award is a way for children and young people to explore the arts, artists and arts organisations in a fun and creative way. For this award you will explore all things Spring related! You will become an art detective and learn how to explore an artwork of your choosing, you will create lots of your own pieces of art and explore the work of your favourite artist or musician.

As part of Spring Thing we’re offering this Arts Award for free for the first 250 people to submit their log books. To find out more download our guides below or contact our Access & Interpretation Officer, EvaD Ould-Okojie: evad.ouldokojie@oldham.gov.uk 

Sowing Guide and Origami Planting Pot

Little girl watering plants and the words Spring Thing - get growing with Gallery Oldham - Simple & fun gardening activities for your kids.

Spring is a time to get outdoors and get growing. We’ve put together a simple guide for you to get stuck into. Our Natural History curator has put together her top-tips for growing the perfect Sunflower and we have created some eco-friendly planting pots that you can make out of old newspapers.

Buzzy Bee Quiz

We love bees at Gallery Oldham. You may have spotted that we have our very own hives which you can see on the first floor of the building. Test out your knowledge in our Buzzy Bee Quiz. You can download it here and print it off or you can visit our Buzzy Bee webpage.