May's 'Stay at Home' Activities

Try our fun activities to keep the family entertained during lockdown this month








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As lock down continues, we have worked hard to put together some exciting activities for you to enjoy together at home. Originally planned just for May half term and our 'Designer Week' (23 - 31 May 2020), we thought we would bring them to you a bit early so you have more time to enjoy them.

Listen to our resident designers Dottie and Dougie, who have all the details of how you can get involved with Designer Week.


Just like in the Museum, we have lots of design themed activities to keep you entertained this half term. There’s a design themed maze, a jigsaw to unscramble and some balloonatic science for you to try. You can even craft your own playing pieces and  challenge your family to our board game.
Find all of the activities on the tabs below – don’t forget to share your creations with us on social media using the hashtag #DesignerWeek.


May Maze


Designers Dougie and Dottie have lost their tools, they can’t design a car without them!

Help Dougie and Dottie find one of each of the tools below as you go through the maze and make it out the other side.

Click here to download the maze to your computer so you can print it out.



Board Game


It’s time to get creative! Download our board game and learn how to make your own pieces to play with below!

Click here to download the board game.

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Now follow the instructions below to make your pieces. Once you have have made your board and pieces all you will need is a dice and to download the rules which are at the bottom of the page. 



How to make the pieces for your board game


What you’ll need:

- 2 x toilet rolls or 1 kitchen roll (makes 4 pieces)

- Paint

- Paint Brush

- Tin Foil

- Coloured card/felt

- Buttons (or anything round!)

- Glue/Tape and Scissors

Ask an adult before you take any items and make sure you put something down on the table to ensure you don’t make a mess!

Be careful with the scissors and get an adult to help.

This is just a guide. Feel free to experiment and come up with your own creations!



1. Cut your toilet roll into 2 equal pieces, if you have a kitchen roll cut it into 4 equal pieces.

2. Cut two lines into the top of the toilet roll about an inch apart.

3. Fold this twice to create a windscreen and bonnet.

4. Neaten up the sides of the windscreen with scissors.

5. Cut off the bottom half of the toilet roll, make sure you leave enough space for wheels!

6. Use the cardboard you just cut off to cover the back and front of the car and stick this down from the inside using glue.

7. Paint your car whatever colour you would like.

8. Cut out 4 windows and a windscreen using foil and stick these onto your car.

9. Cut out 2 headlights using coloured card and stick these onto the front of your car.

10. Using glue or double-sided sticky tape stick 4 buttons onto the car, one on each of the corners.


Download the rules here. Now roll the dice and zoom around your racetrack themed board game.

Who will reach the finish line first? Watch out for the oil spills!



Have a go at one of our Jigsaws! The images comes from our amazing Archive.

Click on the links below to to take you to the jigsaw.



Click here to try a jigsaw of a real car design drawing!



Click here to try a jigsaw of some fantastic classic minis!

Balloonatics Science


Are you a balloonatic like Professor Pickle and Doctor Pumpkin? Try these brilliant balloon experiments to make your half term go with a bang!


Want more balloonatic science experiments? Then click here to download some further experiments to try at home - make sure you get a grown up to help! 

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