Tag Archive: family fun

  1. Air Drying Clay Crafts – Bee Pot

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    If you have never used Air Drying Clay before this is the perfect chance! It is a great material to create 2D and 3D artworks from beads to games, we love using air drying clay with all age groups.

    Watch our wonderful video and follow our instructions to help you make a number of beautiful artworks.

    We recommend you wear old clothes when doing this activity and you may need an adult to help.

    You will need:


    – Packet of Air Drying Clay
    – A mixture of old materials, zips, forks, knives, leaves, twigs etc.
    – Old fabric or a piece of grease proof paper
    – A piece of tape
    – PVA glue
    – Old Clothes
    – Something to wipe and clean your hands with once you have finished

    Instructions:

    1. Make sure your area is clean to work in, put your old clothes on and place the piece of fabric on your work surface.

    2. Collect your tools together and open your clay. You may need scissors to open your packet.

    3. Split your clay in half and put one half back into the packet, this will keep it fresh.
      In your hands roll the clay to form a ball.

    4. Pinch a chunk of clay from your big ball and place it to one side. This will be your bee so make sure there is enough to model from.
    5. With your larger ball use something to roll it into a flat pancake shape. This can be as big or small as you like. You can use a rolling pin, bottle, pen/pencil or a glass to roll.

      Remember the larger you roll it out the thinner and more delicate the clay will get.

    6. Use different materials to make imprints into the clay, this could be natural items like leaves, twigs and flowers or items you have at home.

    7. Using your fingers gently press and pinch the clay around the edges to make a rim around the dish.

    8. Now move on to your extra piece of clay, roll it into a ball and tear two pieces off – this will be for your head, wings and eyes.

    9. With your largest piece start to mould this into the Bee’s body, once you’re happy with the shape place it gently on to your base.

    10. Take one of your spare pieces of clay and split it again into two.

    11. Roll one piece into your Bee’s head and gently attach it to the body and base.

    12. Split the remaining half equally and roll them into small balls for the eyes – then attach them by gently pushing them onto your Bee head. 

    13. If you have any leftover clay from the eyes you can roll a thin worm shape to create stripes for you bee.

    14. With your final piece of clay split that into two sections. Each section will become a bee wing, pull, pinch and shape your bee wings, attach them by gently pushing them into your bee body.

    15. Leave your clay to dry for 24 hours and then decorate your pot however you like. Once dried you can add a thin layer of PVA glue to coat your decorations.  

      * If your clay is getting a little dry then try squeezing your clay to renew it.
       The heat from your hands will help to soften it.

    Go back to our Spring Thing webpage for more inspirational ideas!

  2. Sunflower: Growing Guide

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    Natural History curator Patricia Francis provides her top tips for growing the perfect sunflower in this simple to follow growing guide.

    Sow your seeds between March and May. 

    You will need: 

    Origami plant pot
    • Put the compost in to your pot to about 2.5 cm from the top. 
    • Sow two seeds together in each pot. 
    • Cover the seeds lightly with 1 cm of compost. 
    • Firm gently. 
    • Write ‘sunflower’ on your lollipop stick and place it at the edge of your pot. 
    • Put your pots onto a tray – an old food container would be fine for this. 
    • Keep the compost moist, be very careful not to over water! 
    • Place on a windowsill but not in direct sunlight 
    Large sunflower against a fence.
    • Look for the seedlings in showing in 14 to 21 days. 
    • Remove the weaker of the two seedlings in each pot. 
    • As your sunflower grows you will need to pot on into bigger containers or into your garden, if you have used a paper pot you can just plant the whole thing 
    • Choose a sunny place, sunflowers like the sun! 
    • Remember to keep watering! 
    • You can place a stick in the compost or soil alongside the stem to support your sunflower as it grows taller. 

    Expect flowers in June to September. After the flowers fade you will be left with a seed head full of seeds. Leave this as a feast for your garden birds! 
     

    An image of sunflower seed heads

    Make sure you check out some other family-fun activities to get messy this Easter holiday. Visit our Spring Thing webpage for more suggestions of what to do.

  3. Origami Plant Pot

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    Spring Thing logo with white writing on a green background with a white flower.

    Big activities with a small footprint.

    Recycle your old newspaper and learn or practise your origami skills by making this simple and very useful origami plant pot! You don’t need any glue or tape. The pots can be put into the ground and the newspaper breaks down over time. The plants roots will grow through the newspaper. 

    You will need:

    • Newspaper

    How to make your Origami Plant Pot

    Newspaper laid out open on table.
    1. Get a standard size piece of newspaper and turn it so the long side is facing you. (If you are using large newspaper, rip in half).  
    Newspaper folded along centre crease.

    2. Fold the piece in half from left to right.

    Newspaper folded in quarters.

    3. Fold it again from the bottom to the top so it makes a quarter size. 

    Newspaper folded in eighths.

    4. Fold this in half again from left to right. 

    Demonstrating new fold, the bottom right corner up to the middle along the spine. It will create a triangle shape.

    5. Now fold the bottom right corner (the yellow ‘X’ as shown in image 4) up to the middle along the spine. It will create a triangle shape. The yellow line at the bottom in image 4 should now be in the centre. 

    Demonstrating new fold, the bottom right corner up to the middle along the spine. It will create a triangle shape.

    6. Flip over to the other side and repeat the same thing. 

    Flip over to the other side and repeat the fold, the bottom right corner up to the middle along the spine. It will create a triangle shape.
    Demonstration to open the wings of newspaper to make a triangular shape.

    7. Open the wings up to make a triangular shape as shown. Do this on both sides. 

    8. Fold both wings into the crease in the centre. 

    9. Fold the wings in again. 

    10. Now flip it over and repeat. It should look like this when you are done. 

    11. Fold the top flap down and crease them well. Do this on both sides. 

    12. Open your pot and square the bottom so it can sit well. 

    Finished origami plant pot made from newspaper.
    Finished origami plant pot.

    13. Ta da! Your finished origami plant pot should look something like this! 

    You have the option to fold the top two flaps inside, once soil has been added it will hold them in place. 

    You can also make multiple pots and connect them by dropping the top flap into the adjoining pot to make a row of four or six. 

    Now that you have made your origami planting pot, have a go growing some sunflowers. Take a look at our simple growing guide webpage.

  4. Peter Rabbit Treasure Trail – 1

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    Join Oldham Libraries this Easter for a Peter Rabbit Treasure Trail as part of our Spring Thing activities. Hunt for the clues and crack the code.

    Each Rabbit has a letter. Search for the clues and match the letters with the pictures. When you have found all the letters, put them in the right order to find the name of one of Peter Rabbits siblings.

    Write your answer:

  5. Spring Thing

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    Hurrah! It’s the Easter Holidays – as well as lots of chocolate and a break from school – there’s more to look forward to. Gallery Oldham, Arts Development and Oldham Libraries have got lots in store for you this holiday with Spring Thing. We’re getting ready to get outdoors, trying some new crafts and will be bringing you big activities with a small footprint from Friday 2nd April to Sunday 18th April 2021.

    Get your wellies on and let’s have some fun outside!

    • Paper Flowers with artist, Alison Cooper.
    • Live Storytime ‘The Little Bee That Was Not Wanted’ and Peter Rabbit trail with Oldham Libraries.
    • Origami Plant Pots and Sunflower Growing Guide with Natural History Curator, Patricia Francis.
    • Buzzy Bee Quiz
    • Mud Painting with Fay Buchanan.
    • Felt Making with artist, Isobel Pickup.
    • Discover Arts Award

    Take a look at all our activities on our Spring Thing webpage.

    FREE Craft & Growing Materials – Spring Thing Kits

    Spring Thing kits include craft and plant supplies and instructions to make and grow some of our Easter 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.

    Spring Thing kits include the following :

    • 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
    • Craft and planting instructions

    We’re able to offer 1000 kits via Oldham libraries. Click the library of your choice and book your kit 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 Spring Thing kits will only be ready for collection from Tuesday 6 April 2021.

  6. 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.

  7. 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…

  8. Lantern Making: Illuminate Family Activity

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    Take Part in Illuminate 2020.

    Family Lantern Making – make a lantern and join the Illuminate Parade on Friday 21 February 2020 at 6pm.

    Your chance to make a lantern -Saturday 8th & 15th and Thursday 20th February, 10 – 4pm

    Gallery Oldham, FREE, book your place via eventbrite

    To find out more call 0161 770 3070.

     

  9. Lantern Making: Illuminate Family Activity

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    Take Part in Illuminate 2020.

    Family Lantern Making – make a lantern and join the Illuminate Parade on Friday 21 February 2020 at 6pm.

    Your chance to make a lantern -Saturday 8th & 15th and Thursday 20th February, 10 – 4pm

    Gallery Oldham, FREE, book your place via eventbrite

    To find out more call 0161 770 3070.

     

  10. Lantern Making: Illuminate Family Activity

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    Take Part in Illuminate 2020.

    Family Lantern Making – make a lantern and join the Illuminate Parade on Friday 21 February 2020 at 6pm.

    Your chance to make a lantern -Saturday 8th & 15th and Thursday 20th February, 10 – 4pm

    Gallery Oldham, FREE, book your place via eventbrite

    To find out more call 0161 770 3070.

     

  11. October Half-term: Free Fun

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    Wondering what to do with the kids this October half-term to keep them busy? Why not come along to our free fun activities?