Activities at Home


Get to know the Wakefield Museums & Castles collections, sites and stories from the comfort of your own home! 

Here you will find our range of downloadable activities for all the family to explore and enjoy:


Have fun, get creative, and be curious. Take a trip down memory lane or try something new. 

Thank you for nominating our activities for the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum From Home Award 2020.





Little ones - activities for under 7s





Spot the Difference, Learn to Write and other activities for Little Ones!
For families with children under 6

Mini Museum Explorers
Fun activities for families with Children aged 3-7

Fun for 5 and over


My Little Museum
Design your own museum - what will you display?

For families with children aged 5+
- nominated for the Family Friendly Museum From Home Award



Siege!  Create your own castle game.
For families with children aged 5+



Medieval Food
For families with children aged 6+


Arts Award Discover

Arts Award inspires young people to develop their interest and skills in art and leadership. It is governed by Trinity College London and delivered around the country by specially trained advisers, like our team at Wakefield Museums & Castles. Arts Award Discover is an introductory award, aimed at ages 5 and above, but is open to children and young people up to the age of 25. To achieve an Arts Award Discover, children and young people find out about artists or craftspeople, take part in arts activities and share what they do, learn and make.

Arts Award - The Photographs of David Gluck
Achieve your Arts Award Discover using this pack and your creativity
For ages 5+


Arts Award - The Photographs of Jack Hulme
Achieve your Arts Award Discover using this pack and your creativity
For ages 8+



For all the family


Ilbert's Castle Story Building Challenge
Work together with family and friends to invent fantastic stories set at Pontefract Castle.
For all ages! 



Pontefract Castle themed craft activity. 
Create your own bunting ready to celebrate Yorkshire Day on August 1st. 
For all ages!



Pontefract Castle themed activity sheets and models to print and use at home
For all ages!

Charles Waterton (animal) themed activity sheets and models to print and use at home
For all ages!
People from the Past - themed activity sheets and models to print at home
For all ages!


Facebook family crafts

Check out our two minute craft vlogs for fun, simple ways to be inspired by our collections.


Brighten up your home with a pretty paper vase inspired by our Castleford potteries collection. This 1930s jug was made by Clokie & Co and painted by Phyllis Exley, who worked there for 43 years. 


Our vintage sewing machines sparked this simple project- make your own etui to keep your needles in.


Make a mini version of our penny farthing bike and find out how to use a magnet to race it!
nominated for the Family Friendly Museum From Home Award


Or you could make an Iron Age chariot to race instead! Inspired by the chariot discovered at Ferry Fryston.


Be inspired by Pontefract Museum's Tanshelf pots and make your own salt dough stamp.


Put a smile on a friend's face with our liquorice allsort greeting card, celebrating Pontefract's most famous export.


Try a delicious treat adapted from Pontefract cookery writer, Elizabeth Moxon's Georgian recipe.


Design a comic book using our historic photographs to spark your creativity!


Let Ilbert the dragon show you how to make a nest like some of the animals at Pontefract Castle.




For big kids! 

Colour Our Collection - Jet Cross
Mindfulness colouring in for adults

Colour Our Collection - Miniature Sewing Machine
Mindfulness colouring in for adults

Colour Our Collection - Enamelled Wedgwood Plate
Mindfulness colouring in for adults


Colour Our Collection - Georgian Shoe
Mindfulness colouring in for adults

Colour Our Collection - Stone Head
Mindfulness colouring in for adults
Colour Our Collection - Medieval Tile
Mindfulness colouring in for adults

Walton Hall - home of Charles Waterton
Mindfulness colouring in for adults

Pontefract Castle Crossword - A history crossword for adults (and clever kids!)


Digital jigsaws inspired by our collections, sites and exhibitions


Reminiscence

Guidance for using image banks for reminiscence


Reminiscence image bank - 1950s and 1960s

Reminiscence image bank - 1970s and 1980s

Creative challenges


Join in with our weekly creative challenges on our social media channels. Be inspired by our collections to paint a masterpiece or pen a poem or story.




#WFMuseumsArtFun - Mondays - Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

#PonteCastleBeCreative - Tuesdays - Twitter @PonteCastle, Instagram

#WFMuseumsBeCreative - Wednesdays - TwitterFacebookInstagram



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