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Children and Young Peoples Arts and Creativity

We know that there's a real need for fun, accessible prompts and things for families to do right now – and as such this weeks page focusses on creative activities and resources for children and young people.

Make Your Own Crab

We are delighted to share this great craft activity video from artist Keith Ashford, who has produced a fantastic series of creative tutorials for us over the past few months. This week Keith shows you how to make your very own crab out of household materials.

Moon Sand and Play-dough

Next we have a colourful infographic showing you how to make your very own moon sand and play-dough at home – proof that you really can make your own entertainment! Why not take the crab from Keith exercise and send it for a walk on an extra-terrestrial beach of your own making?

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Engage

This page comes ahead of the three weeks of Children's Art Week activities which Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, are running this summer, with the following themes being highlighted by that national campaign:

  • w/b 29th June – the natural world
  • w/b 6th July – connecting across generations
  • w/b 13th July – literacy and creative writing.

 Find out more about Engage at the link here.

Worcestershire County Libraries

Here is a great selection of specially-curated content from Worcestershire County Libraries, highlighting some of the great online learning materials and support which they have available. Visit the Digital Library Hub to explore further.

EARLY YEARS

Story time and Rhyme time videos are available on demand via Worcestershire Libraries You Tube channel – and live every Monday, Wednesday & Friday via @WorcestershireLibraries Facebook page.

STEAM

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) clubs now operating online are:

Lego Club

A new weekly Lego challenge is set every Tuesday, suitable for children aged 3-11 years. Join the Library Lego club Facebook group.

Coding & Computing Club

A fortnightly coding and computing club for 7-17 year olds and their families, exploring coding for all levels from beginner to advanced. Join the virtual coding and computing club Facebook group

Monthly Minecraft Challenges – Suitable for all ages and abilities. Join the monthly minecraft challenge Facebook club to learn more. Please note – users will need an existing Minecraft account to access and the game does have an online chat facility so parental guidance is advised for young users.

READING & LITERACY

Summer Reading Challenge – An annual reading challenge for children aged 4-11 years. This years challenge is being delivered online, launching nationally on Friday 5th June. The theme is Silly Squad and will be focusing on the enjoyment of reading for pleasure. Full details can be accessed from the national website

ONLINE FAMILY LEARNING COURSES

A variety of online courses are available to join free including ‘5 days of family fun online, ‘Book and Cook’ and ‘High School family crafts’– book your place here

HOME LEARNING SUPPORT

Free to access online research tools to support home learning:

Credo Research – A gateway to a wide range of trusted reference and research sources including 1300+ encyclopaedias and non-fiction titles, 500,000 images, 1900+ videos and animations.

  • Access Credo using your library membership details
  • Watch an online tutorial specifically aimed at parents supporting students at home during school closures.

Oxford University Press – To access these resources simply click on the links below and input WOR followed by your library card number:

Tea Time Top Tips – Online webinars mostly aimed at Sixth Form students delivered by Worcester University. Designed to showcase how to get the most of online referencing tools available from Worcestershire Libraries and Worcester University. Every Tuesday at 4pm – book online here