1st Friday Digital: Playful learning

April 1, 2020

After running First Fridays for 10 years at the studio, we’ve been taking stock and thinking about fresh ways to deliver them. During this season of social distancing, First Fridays will go digital.

For our first offering, we bring you our SELECTION OF PLAYFUL LEARNING – museums, heritage and arts resources. Whether you’re suddenly homeschooling your children, or looking for stimulating ways to entertain yourself during lockdown, we hope there’s something here for you.

Firstly, Google Arts and Culture has a wealth of DIGITAL MUSEUM TOURS and online exhibitions. Why not visit a museum on the other side of the planet? For example, MASP – Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand – contains over 8,000 works in various media from a wide range of periods and all over the world.
Website link: Google Arts and Culture

Closer to home, Firstsite in Colchester is launching ARTIST ACTIVITY PACKS with some of the UK’s best-known contemporary artists. The packs are free to download and no special materials are needed.
Website link: Firstsite

Down the coast from us, Hastings Contemporary is sharing CREATIVE MINDFULNESS RESOURCES for children and adults. All you need is a pencil or pen and something to draw on.

The Getty Museum artworks challenge invites you to RECREATE FAMOUS ARTWORKS using objects and people in your home. The creations people are sharing will bring a much-needed smile to your face.

Similarly, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has started #isolationcreations. This challenge on Twitter presents a different object from their collection each day and invites you to make and SHARE YOUR OWN CREATION inspired by it.
Twitter link: Ashmolean Museum

The Ashmo (as it’s known locally) also features in the first of a SERIES OF QUIZZES in the Guardian set by museums.
Website link: Guardian

If VIDEOGAMES are more your thing, check out the National Videogames Museum website, which has a great selection of activities for kids and big kids, such as CREATE YOUR OWN PIXELART CREATION. We’re big fans of play and this looks right up our street!
Website link: National Videogames Museum

If you’re after something more old-school, look no further than English Heritage’s guide to MAKING YOUR OWN CASTLE from household cardboard.

Our friends at God’s House Tower have a great range of at-home activities, including virtual exhibition tours, COLOURING SHEETS AND LUNCHTIME LECTURES. Something for everyone!
Website link: God’s House Tower

Based here in Thanet, Creative Distance Festival is showcasing filmed and LIVE-STREAMED THEATRICAL EVENTS to bring some joy. Viewers are invited to pay what they say, with all proceeds going to support the creative practitioners taking part.
Website link: Creative Distance

The Open Culture website is an absolute SMORGASBORD OF RESOURCES for adults and children, such as these drawing lessons with favourite artists and illustrators.
Website link: Open Culture

Elevenses with Lorraine is an adult and kid friendly daily dose of “FUN AND EXCERCISE, sing alongs and craziness” during quarantine.
Facebook link: Lorraine Bowen

Chatterpack has a host of links to HOME LEARNING RESOURCES including e-books, podcasts and word puzzles for kids who are off school.

Twinkl parent’s hub also has activities of all sorts, categorised by age.
Website link: Twinkl

And Homenauts is a website all about making the most of staying at home. Taking inspiration from ASTRONAUTS, SAILORS and ARCTIC EXPLORERS (who have to work in isolation), they have loads of positive free resources that promote an AWARENESS OF MENTAL HEALTH.
Website link: Homenauts




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