Make a Puppet Theatre
As part of our #VirtualVictorians exhibition, available to view on our What’s On page we have some activities up our sleeve for you. Take a look at our YouTube How to video to make you own Puppet Theatre, the printables you’ll need can be downloaded below:
Make Peg Dolly People
In another of our videos we show you how to make peg dolls. These would have been similar to those played with by Victorian children whose parents were not wealthy enough to afford the expensive porcelain dolls, like the one in our exhibition. You can find wooden pegs with ‘bead heads’ online or in craft/hardware shops and then decorate them with marker pens or fabric and other materials, depending on what you have to hand.
Take a look at our YouTube video here.
British Science Week 2021
This year we were unable to hold our award-winning science day at the museum however, we do have lots of free and fun activities to download for all the family to enjoy. And even though it’s no longer Science week these activities would make for perfect rainy afternoon Easter activities with minimal materials needed!
This year’s British Science Week theme was INNOVATING FOR THE FUTURE, you can find their activity packs here:
Did you know that the Victorians were innovators? To coincide with our #VirtualVictorians exhibition (available to view virtually now!), we have a number of Victorian themed activities and links below, including making optical toys and sending secret coded messages!
- Optical toys and inventions fact sheet
- What is a thaumatrope fact sheet
- How to make a thaumatrope: Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8sDyuErLc4
- How to make a zoetrope: Video: Make a zoetrope – CBBC – BBC Instructions: Art ninja zoetrope instructions
- The Stroop Effect: The Stroop Effect – Colour vs. Words
- Scientists and Inventors: Scientists & Inventors Fact sheet Scientists and Inventors Word search
- Old vs. New Technology: Old vs. New Technology activity sheet
- Victorian inventions & discoveries: Victorian inventions and discoveries activity sheet
- Morse Code: The Morse Code Fact sheet The Morse code activity sheet
- Spark Transmitter Demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2F9eh_36I0g
- How to make a yoghurt pot telephone: activity-sheets-victorians-2-578219
We hope you have fun using these resources and feel inspired to innovate! Why not send us photos of your creations, we would love to see them!
Virtual Museum Resources and Activities
We hope these resources provide you with activities to while away a few hours when the museum isn’t open and explore the countryside you might think you know well with our self-guided walk of Borough Hill.
Self-Guided Walk in the Countryside of Daventry
Borough Hill in Daventry is an English Heritage protected site managed by Daventry District Council. Explore the site more via this wonderful story map created by CLASP and Museum of London Archaeology.
Some of the artefacts excavated from the hill are in the museum collection and you can view then via our virtual museum tour.
Download the self-guided walk below and explore the geology, nature and history including the English Civil War history of this beautiful location.
(Note: During the Covid-19 pandemic please take Government advice and guidelines about social distancing into consideration. This walk has been trialled and was safe to walk at the time of publishing but Daventry Town Council and Museum take no responsibility for those choosing to complete this walk).
Battle of Naseby
Design your own Flag just like the General of a Civil War army would have done.
Colour in some Civil War Soldiers – remember Parliamentarians wore plainer clothes than the more decorative and flamboyant Royalists.
Some of the sheets are Word docs that can be downloaded and completed without need to print.
Virtual Tour and Treasure Hunt around Daventry Town
Our Virtual Treasure Hunt of Daventry Town Centre using Google Maps can be downloaded here Fun Virtual Treasure Hunt of Daventry Town Centre Apr 2020. There’s no need to print it out, download it and save to your desk top before using the hyperlinks (otherwise you’ll lose the quiz pages when the links take you to the map) you can write your answers down on a piece of paper or in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to check your answers!