Have fun whilst staying at home with our Yorkshire Attractions activity ideas!

This week it’s Shapes Week!

Have fun whilst staying at home with our Yorkshire Attractions activity ideas. Every week we’re bringing you activities that are themed around our attractions, to guarantee you will have plenty of fun and learn a lot whilst you stay at home.

This week, our theme is shapes! You can see lots of different shapes at our attractions, but whilst their doors are closed, get arty and experimental with our geometric activities. Perfect for home-schooling, or just for fun if you’re back in the classroom.

1. Strongest Shape Experiment

You will need: 3 pieces of paper of the same size, tape, stack of books

  1. Fold your 3 sheets of paper along their length to create three tall columns. Fold one in four to make a square, one in three to make a triangle and curve the final sheet of paper to make a circular column.
  2. Tape the edges to hold them in place. Make sure the ends are nice and straight so the columns can stand up on their own.
  3. Stand each column up and carefully place books one by one on top of each one. Use the same books, in the same order until the column collapses.
  4. Record how many books each column holds – the one that holds the most is the strongest!

The result: we found that the circular column is the strongest, this is because it doesn’t have any edges so the weight of the books is shared evenly by the circle. The square and triangle support the books on their edges and corners meaning they collapse.

2. Shape Mosaics

You will need: coloured paper, magazines or newspaper, plain paper, scissors, glue

  1. Cut out your mosaic tiles from the coloured paper, magazines or newspaper. You can cut out whichever shapes you want – but shapes with straight edges will be easier to match together. Cut out a variety of colours too.
  2. Create a picture with your mosaic tiles, you can create whichever kind of picture you want, use your imagination!
  3. Once you’re ready, glue your ‘tiles’ to your paper.

3. Square Bubble Experiment

Bubbles are usually round as they use a minimum amount of surface area needed to enclose the volume of air trapped inside. However, there is a way to create a square bubble!

You will need: washing up liquid and water, bucket or large container, 8 pipe cleaners, 12 straws, scissors.

  1. Fill your bucket with water and put in plenty of washing up liquid to make your bubble solution.
  2. Start to make your square bubble maker by bending and twisting your pipe cleaner to make a “corner shape”.
  3. Get an adult to help out shopping your straws in half – they need to be a little bit shorter than the edges of your cube.
  4. Slide your half straws over the lengths of your “corner shape”. Repeat 8 times until you have 8 corners.
  5. Assemble your cube by twisting the free edges of the pipe cleaners together.
  6. Submerge your bubble maker in the bubble solution and pull it out gently.
  7. Give it a little shake and a square bubble should form in the middle, attached to the edges by some pyramid- shaped bubbles!

See here for a visual aid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V7uEaxWh20

4. Marshmallow Sculpture

You will need: mini marshmallows, toothpicks or dried spaghetti, imagination!

  1. Make a simple shape like a square or triangle of your toothpicks/ driedspaghetti and marshmallows: use this as your base.
  2. Build your sculpture from your base – see how big you can make it!
  3. Can you make a dodecahedron, with 12 faces? Or a icosahedron, with 20 faces?

5. Cardboard Roll Stamps

You will need: several toilet roll tubes, paint, tray, paper

  1. Fold your cardboard tubes into shapes – you can make a square, triangle, heart, star, oval… use your imagination!
  2. Pop some paint of various colours onto a tray.
  3. Use your cardboard tubes as stamps on your paper – make a picture, or abstract pattern, whatever you want!

Top tip: for another project, why not use fabric paints and stamp on to fabric!

Get creative, have fun and most importantly stay safe!

Don’t forget to stay tuned for more exciting activities next week.

What’s new with some of our Yorkshire Attractions:

  • William’s Den: head to their brand new Kitchen Table Takeout website to order pizza, ice cream and more!
  • The Deep: you can now select The Deep as your Amazon Smile charity which means they will receive 0.5% of what you spend in commission. Find out more on their Facebook page
  • NCMME: check out their blog for exciting activities and behind the scenes stories.
  • Harewood House: did you miss their activities celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Bird Garden? No worries, head to their Facebook page for activities, videos and more. Remember to continue donating to their bird garden appeal!
  • Royal Armouries: take their survey to have your say about their stay at home content – and be in with the chance of winning a £30 amazon voucher.
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Park: their online e-gift store is OPEN with the ability to purchase e-gift vouchers such as annual passes, future day visits & VIP experiences!