We provide active hands-on sessions which support the Foundation Curriculum and Early Years topics. All the themes link to the building and collections.
Groups will rotate around three or four different activities which last approximately 20-30 minutes each. Most of the sessions will be led by our learning assistants who all have enhanced DBS checks. Some trail and craft activities will be self-directed, but full instructions and materials will be provided.
If you have a theme or topic you would like us to support, please contact Arlene Monteith, Learning & Community Outreach Officer, on 01202 882533 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gingerbread Man
We tell the story of the Gingerbread Man in our Victorian kitchen and all along the garden path down to the river. Make gingerbread men in the Victorian kitchen and choose from a selection of art and craft activities.
A Victorian Christmas
Children can enjoy the festive decorations and a Christmas story at the museum, make Christmas biscuits in the Victorian kitchen and take part in Victorian Christmas-themed games and art and craft activities.
Stories and Rhymes
Traditional and contemporary stories and rhymes are used as the basis of these hands-on sessions. Each session will include a story and cooking in the Victorian kitchen. You may also choose from a range of games, and art and craft activities.
Percy the Pigeon Finds a Home
The Queen of Hearts
The Little Red Hen
Hickory Dickory Dock
Sing a Song of Sixpence
If you have a story or rhyme you would like us to make into a session, please contact Arlene Monteith, Learning & Community Outreach Officer to discuss the options.
Toys Old & New
Discover the stories of some of the old toys at the museum. Hold them in your hands and imagine what they would have been like when they were new. This session can also include storytelling, games or art and craft activities.
Topic and themed sessions
We can create tailor made sessions using the museum building, garden and collections. There are a wide variety of themes including:
Houses and Homes
Family and Friends
If you have another theme or topic you would like us to make into a session, please contact Arlene Monteith, Learning & Community Outreach Officer to discuss the options.
Resources & Costs
We have loans boxes available for you to borrow for two weeks on the following themes:
Toys Old & New
Domestic Objects Old & New
Childhood Through the Ages
If we have items available in the collections we may also be able to create loans boxes which link to your themes and topics.
From £3.50 per child according to programme. Accompanying adults are free. Some sessions will incur extra charges for materials or ingredients; these will be discussed at the time of booking.
Loans boxes are free of charge for two weeks before or after your visit, or £10 for two weeks if you do not visit.