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

This week it’s Movement 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 Movement! You may not be able to run around at our attractions, but while we’re waiting for them to reopen, get moving with our science experiments and arty activities. Perfect for home-schooling, or just for fun if you’re back in the classroom.

1. Pendulum Painting

You will need: paper or plastic cup, scissors, string, tape, 2 chairs, broom, large sheet of paper, paint, water, plastic sheeting or cloth

  1. Prep the workspace by covering the floor.
  2. Make your pendulum by poking a hole in the centre of the bottom of the cup. You’ll also need to put one hole on either side of the cup underneath the rim.
  3. Tie a piece of string through the two holes on either side of the cup, creating a handle. Place the handle over the broom, then place the broom horizontally across two chairs. Slide the cup to the middle of the broom.
  4. Experiment with your pendulum by popping a bit of water into the cup. This will allow you to test the movement and check your workspace is covered.
  5. Pop a piece of tape across the hole at the bottom of the cup, then fill your cup with a mix of washable paint and water (about 2 parts paint to one part water).
  6. Remove the tape and swing the cup to create your artwork – you can use more than one cup with different colours of paint if you wish.

Top tip – worried about making a mess? Make washable pavement paint with a mix of cornflour, water and washable paint, and make your artwork on the pavement!

2. Balloon Car

You will need: thin cardboard, tape, straw, balloon, elastic band, bottle lids (the same size), skewers

  1. Make your car’s body by cutting an hourglass shape out of cardboard.
  2. Place your balloon over the end of the straw and secure it with an elastic band.
  3. Tape your balloon and straw to the body of your car – the balloon should hang over one end, as should one end of the straw so you can blow it up.
  4. Make the wheels by making a hole in the middle of the bottle tops and putting them onto the skewer. Tape the end of the skewer so the wheels can’t slide off. Tape them to the bottom of the car’s body.
  5. Blow into the straw to inflate the balloon, then place your car on the floor and watch it go!

3. Spirograph

You will need: round cake tin, cardboard, wide rubber band, paper and pencil, tape

  1. Cut out a circle from cardboard one half the diameter of the cake tin.
  2. Place a rubber band around the edge of the cardboard disk (to provide traction).
  3. Tape a piece of paper to the bottom of the cake tin.
  4. Poke a hole in the cardboard. The closer the hole is to the edge of the cardboard disk, the longer and skinnier the shapes it makes will be.
  5. Put a pencil in the hole and trace the path of the hole as the cardboard disk rolls around the inside of the cake tin. Proceed slowly around the cake tin holding the pencil in one hand and using the other hand to roll the disk and prevent it from slipping. It will make a pattern called an ellipse!

4. Air-powered Propeller

You will need: Tape, straw, pin, pencil with rubber on the end, balloon

  1. Place your balloon over your straw and tape it in place. (If your straw is bendy, secure it over the opposite end to the bend). Bend the end of your straw to a 90-degree angle.
  2. Secure your straw to your pencil by pushing a pin through the straw into the rubber. The pin will need to be closer to the balloon end than the bent end to even out the weight.
  3. Blow up the balloon through the end of the straw.
  4. Let it go! As the balloon deflates, the straw will spin.

5. Homemade Flipbook

You will need: pencils, paper, paper clips, bulldog clip

  1. Cut out several small sheets of paper of the same size.
  2. Draw your first image – make it something quite simple that you can easily copy.
  3. Draw your second page, varying the image slightly from the first – to make this easier, you can paperclip the two pages in place and trace over the first image.
  4. Repeat step 3 for all subsequent pages – you can make as many as you want, but enough to create a good animation!
  5. Put your book together by putting the pages in order and clipping them together. To see the animation, flip the pages!

Get creative, have fun and most importantly stay safe!

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