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  1. Shadow Puppetry

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    Gran’s Journey to The Moon

    It’s amazing what you can create with cardboard, a light and an old bed sheet….Frolicked Outdoor Theatre reveals how to make your own shadow puppet.

    Gran has made a little shadow puppet show for you and has revealed her behind the scenes secrets to how she made the puppets and how she set up the shadow puppet theatre/screen at the bottom of the stairs.

    What you’ll need

    · Card (the back of a cereal packet is perfect)

    · A marker pen

    · A sharp pencil

    · A lump of plastersine or sticky tac

    · A pair of scissors

    · Some split pins (3 for Gran’s show)

    What you’ll need for to perform a shadow puppet show:

    · An old sheet

    · A place to put your sheet (pull it tight across a door frame, a couple of chairs or between the legs on a big table)

    · A lamp

    · Some masking tape

    · All your set and puppets


    What to do

    Draw your own characters onto card (or print out Gran’s characters and cut them out from card). Create moving parts with separate puppet pieces and some split pins, set up a sheet and a lamp (with some masking tape) in your house and give your family a treat…

    Drawing of set up with lamp, Gran, sheet stairs and puppets.

    Here is Gran demonstrating how to use a shadow puppet against a screen.

    To make your own version of Gran’s shadow puppet show, complete with shadow puppets, follow the instructions below.


    Step by Step Guide

    1. Download Gran’s shadow puppets (Shadow Puppets 1 and ShadowPuppets 2) and print them or draw your own puppets or sets onto card. The thickness of the card from a cereal packet is perfect. Gran used similar white card for hers in the video.

    Template of puppets eing cut out with scissors.

    2. If you’re drawing your own characters, think carefully about where and how you want them to move and remember to add tabs on so you can hold them!

    Cut carefully around all the edges with scissors

    Making window in rocket ship

    3. You can also make holes or flaps in your puppets and sets that can reveal things during your show… think about what surprises you might want to include…

    Piercing holes in puppets for moving parts.

    4. To cut out holes in your puppets, or make the holes for the split pins (to make moving puppet parts), you’ll need a piece of plasticine or sticky tac and a sharp pencil. Put your puppet on the plasticine and push the pencil through the card, either on the ‘x’ (on Gran’s puppets) or where you want the moving parts to be on your puppets.

    Inserting split pins to join card where pieces move.

    5. Push a split pin through the two pieces of card to complete your flaps or puppet moving parts and open the metal bits on the back of the pin to secure the pieces together (on Gran’s puppets, these are the hatches for the rocketship and the moon, and Gran’s moving arm and walking stick).

    Finished shadow puppet of Gran.

    Here is a finished shadow puppet of Gran.

    Here are all the finished set and puppet pieces for Gran’s show.

    Here is Gran using the puppets as part of her show and here is how the shadow show looks from the front. Stick pieces of set directly to the sheet with masking tape.

    Here is how Gran set up her show across the bottom of her stairs.

    REMEMBER to turn the lights off in the room except for your lamp. Add music and sound effects….have fun.

    Can you perform Gran’s Journey to the Moon or can you take your audience on a journey of your own making?

  2. Jam Jar Tealight holders

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    These simple tealight holders use only a few materials to help Light Up your Lockdown! This activity is suitable for ages 3+ with adult supervision.

    Three jam jar tea lights on display arranged on a table with books.

    You will need:

    • Clean jam jars
    • Tissue paper
    • Glue
    • A plastic bag or covering for your work surface
    • Battery operated tea light
    • Optional – Scissors & Non battery operated tea light

    (If you are using a pair of scissors and a non-battery operated tea light please have adult supervision)

    How to create your Jam Jar Tealight

    1) Set up your area ready for making, wear old clothes in case you get messy

    2) Clean your jam jars or all sticky labels, leave to dry

    3) Cut or tear your tissue paper for your design

    4) Using your finger, a brush or glue spreader put a light coating of glue onto the outside of your jam jars

    5) Gently attach your tissue paper onto the glass using your fingers.

    6) Wait until all of the glue on your jam jar is dry, this may take a few hours

    7) Turn your battery operated tea light on and pop it inside of your jam jar to watch it glow.

    If you are using a tealight which requires a flame, please be careful to never leave it unattended or near small children or pets.

    Completed Jam Jar tea-lights lit up on table with books.

    Go back to our Light Up Lockdown webpage and take part in some more Light Up Lockdown activities. If you’d like to share your tea-light, why not submit it to our Oldham Lockdown Museum.

  3. Light Up Lockdown

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    Horaah! It’s Half-term Holiday. Gallery Oldham, Arts Development and Oldham Libraries have got lots in store for you this February. We’re getting ready for Light Up Lockdown, a week-long celebration of creativity and light scheduled to run from Saturday 13th February to Sunday 21st February 2021.

    There are no more zoom lessons, so let’s have some fun getting creative instead!

    We’re unable to host Illuminate this year but we’re determined to bring some love and light to a long, dark and tough winter which will mark the end to our #GoCosy campaign. Why not join in? Visit our Light Up Lockdown webpage there’s something for everyone:

    We’d love you to post pictures of your creations which we’ll add to the Oldham Lockdown Museum.

    FREE Craft Materials – Light Up Lockdown Bags

    These bags have now SOLD OUT. Thanks to everyone who has reserved one.

    Light Up Lockdown bags include craft supplies and instructions to make some of our half-term activities. Our packs are FREE but are limited and bookable via Eventbrite. Collection is available from all the district libraries currently operating click and collect.

    Light Up Lockdown bags include the following :

    • Poster paints
    • Paint brush
    • Masking tape
    • Glue
    • Card
    • Split pins
    • Coloured tissue paper
    • Origami paper
    • Blue tack
    • Activity instructions
    • Story book

    We’re able to offer 300 bags via Oldham libraries. Click the library of your choice and book your bag through Eventbrite (opens in separate tab):

    • Oldham  Open Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm
    • Lees  Open Mon – Fri 10am – 2pm and Sat 10am -1pm
    • Delph  Open for Click and Collect only Tues and Thurs 2 – 5pm and Sat 10am -1pm
    • Failsworth Mon – Fri 10am–2pm and Sat 10am–1pm
    • Crompton Mon – Fri 10am–2pm and Sat 10am–1pm

    Please note that Light Up Lockdown bags will only be ready for collection from Monday 8 February.

  4. Super Saturday – Creative Family Fun Online

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    Gallery Oldham is full of fun, creative and exciting activities for children & families of all ages. From our digital early years sessions to our online Super Saturdays there’s always something to join in with.

    Super Saturdays Super Saturday collage have gone digital until further notice.

    Join our fantastic selection of artists for a mixture of craft activities, painting, drawing and creative fun for all the family every Saturday.

    All Super Saturday activities can be downloaded from our kids and families page and are FREE.

    #GalleryOldham @GalleryOldham

  5. Super Saturday – Creative Family Fun Online

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    Gallery Oldham is full of fun, creative and exciting activities for children & families of all ages. From our digital early years sessions to our online Super Saturdays there’s always something to join in with.

    Super Saturdays Super Saturday collage have gone digital until further notice.

    Join our fantastic selection of artists for a mixture of craft activities, painting, drawing and creative fun for all the family every Saturday.

    All Super Saturday activities can be downloaded from our kids and families page and are FREE.

    #GalleryOldham @GalleryOldham

  6. Super Saturday – Creative Family Fun Online

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    Gallery Oldham is full of fun, creative and exciting activities for children & families of all ages. From our digital early years sessions to our online Super Saturdays there’s always something to join in with.

    Super Saturdays Super Saturday collage have gone digital until further notice.

    Join our fantastic selection of artists for a mixture of craft activities, painting, drawing and creative fun for all the family every Saturday.

    All Super Saturday activities can be downloaded from our kids and families page and are FREE.

    #GalleryOldham @GalleryOldham

  7. Holiday At Home: Tiny Tourist Guide

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    Thanks for joining us for our latest #HolidayAtHome adventure. This week we’re joined by artist Isobel Pickup. Be inspired by the history and nature of Oldham’s fantastic parks and create your own unique “tiny tourist” guide book to show all the best spots. Here are some ideas of some of the borough’s other beautiful destinations:

    We’ll guide you through making a booklet and filling it with your own comic style creations. Just watch the film to make your own tiny tourist guide book:

    If you’ve missed our other Holiday At Home activities, click here for more fun crafty ideas to do during the summer. We’ll be sharing a new activity every Saturday throughout August.

  8. Holiday At Home: Postcards from Oldham

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    To kick off our Holiday At Home activities we’re creating Postcards from Oldham with freelance artist Fay Buchanan.

    Long before texting and WhatsApp, postcards were a fun and cheap way of sending messages to family and friends.  Once a year, mill towns across Lancashire would close for a week or two whilst the workers headed to the seaside for their holidays.

    Holidaymakers would buy colourful and sometimes cheeky postcards to send back home, showing pictures and photographs of seaside towns such as Blackpool and Southport – and those unable to get away and were ‘Holidaying at Home’ would sometimes send postcards back, showing the smoky chimneys and mills of Oldham!

    We would like you to create and send us your own “Holiday at Home’ postcard inspired by Oldham. Simply design a picture for the front, add a message on the back, and upload your masterpiece here so it can be included in our ‘Lockdown Museum’ exhibition.

    Take a look at our short film to find out more and get some ideas and inspiration…

  9. Super Saturday – Creative Family Fun Online

    Comments Off on Super Saturday – Creative Family Fun Online

    Gallery Oldham is full of fun, creative and exciting activities for children & families of all ages. From our digital early years sessions to our online Super Saturdays there’s always something to join in with.

    Super Saturdays Super Saturday collage have gone digital until further notice.

    Join our fantastic selection of artists for a mixture of craft activities, painting, drawing and creative fun for all the family every Saturday.

    All Super Saturday activities can be downloaded from our kids and families page and are FREE.

    #GalleryOldham @GalleryOldham