Make and do activities - inspired by exhibitions and themes at the museum. 
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Pirate Fun

Pirate hat and patch

Make a pirate hat and eye patch 
Don’t just talk like a pirate, look like a pirate too! To help you get in the swashbuckling spirit, here’s a pirate hat and eye patch pattern to download and make.

Pirate party toppers

Make your own Pirate Party Topper 
Follow the instructions to create your own crafty cake toppers for a pirate party. Yarrr!

Pirate booty

Make your own Pirate Booty 
Create sparkly, shiny pirate's treasures for your own treasure hunt.

Pirate ship 

Make a pirate ship 
Build your own ship for scurvy pirates! Yarrrr!

pirate themed activities

Pirate-themed activities 
Ahoy, mateys! Play pirate word games, create a story and learn to draw a pirate ship.

pirate patch prints 

Patch-eyed pirate prints 
Ahoy there landlubbers, scurvy dogs and sprogs! Ye'll be lookin' like a dread pirate in this clobber!

Ocean Conservation

bottle fish

A bottle fish 
Printable instructions on how to make a fish out of a plastic bottle - to keep the bottle out of the sea.

thong starfish

A thong starfish
Do you have some old thongs you don't wear anymore? Re-use and recycle them! Printable instructions with templates on how to create a starfish from old thongs.

rope octopus

A rope and net octopus
Instructions on how to make your own sculptural octopus using recycled fishing net and rope.

rope coral

Rope-wrapped corals
How beautiful are coral reefs? Use these easy printable instructions to make your own sculptural rope-wrapped corals.

ocean postcard 

Ocean conservation postcard
Share your love of the ocean and marine life by making your own postcard using our easy template! 

ocean commotion

Ocean Commotion
Colour-in some things you might find on the Great Barrier Reef. Simply print out the template and let your creativity flow!

ocean superhero 

Ocean Superhero
Invent your own ocean superhero to protect the oceans and marine life!

Wearable: Dress ups and Pretend play

Templates and instructions for making wearable crafts - masks, hats and accessories

whale and krill finger puppets

Whale and krill finger puppets
Use felt to create these adorable finger puppet gloves for toddlers.

viking boat

Viking boat
Re-use a cardboard boxes to make a fearsome viking boat, helmet and sword!

search and rescue hat

Search-and-rescue hat
Light up a child's day with this hat made from cellophane and materials from around the home.

Pirate hat and patch

Make a pirate hat and eye patch
Don’t just talk like a pirate, look like a pirate too! To help you get in the swashbuckling spirit, here’s a pirate hat and eye patch pattern to download and make.

deep-sea diver costume

Make an easy deep sea diver costume
How to create your own simple diver’s helmet for dress-ups and pretend play.

Huggable: Softies and Fabric Play

Do you have bits of fabric or other things lying around the house? Upcycle them by making one of these fun toys. Easy downloadable templates and instructions for cushions, soft animals and more.

narwhal plushie

Whale soft toy
Up-cycle felt and old clothes to create a huggable, version of the most fascinating whale species, the narwhal.

penguin plushie

Penguin soft toy
Use scrap fabric to make cuddly versions of Antarctica's most adorable inhabitants.

felted viking rug

Viking felt rug
Get sudsy as you make a wet-felted rug customised with fabric scraps, cuts-outs and ribbon.

painted polar pillows

Make painted polar pillows
Create some magical painted polar pillow crafts to decorate your own room!

steampunk soctopus

Make a no-sew Steampunk Soctopus Softie
Sock-it-to-me! Hands-down the easiest soft sculpture craft you could make.

Sculptable: Paper crafts and 3-Dimensional fun

Templates and instructions for paper ships and all kinds of sculptural creations.

Pirate party toppers 

Make your own Pirate Party Topper 
Follow the instructions to create your own crafty cake toppers for a pirate party. Yarrr!

Pirate booty

Make your own Pirate Booty 
Create sparkly, shiny pirate's treasures for your own treasure hunt.

turtle shadow puppet

Turtle shadow puppet
Print out and make your own adorable turtle shadow puppet

antarctic snowglobe

Make your own Antarctic snow globe
Make then shake your own beautiful snow globe with these easy instructions.

bottle fish

A bottle fish
Printable instructions on how to make a fish out of a plastic bottle - to keep the bottle out of the sea.

thong starfish

A thong starfish
Do you have some old thongs you don't wear anymore? Re-use and recycle them! Printable instructions with templates on how to create a starfish from old thongs.

rope octopus

A rope and net octopus
Instructions on how to make your own sculptural octopus using recycled fishing net and rope.

rope coral

Rope-wrapped corals
How beautiful are coral reefs? Use these easy printable instructions to make your own sculptural rope-wrapped corals.

viking longship

Make a viking ship
Make your own viking long ship - simply print out this template and follow the instructions.

lighthouse story shadow puppets

Create lighthouse story shadow puppets
Shadow puppets are a cinch to make and a whole lot of fun to use.

Pirate ship

Make a pirate ship
Build your own ship for scurvy pirates! Yarrrr!

periscope

Make a periscope
Are you a bit of a sticky beak? You'll love this craft project! Make your own periscope with this easy template.

bat bunting

Make a bat bunting
You'll go batty when you decorate with this fun bat bunting! Simply print out the template and follow the instructions.

terrarium

Make a terrarium
Bring the outdoors inside! Terrariums are great fun to make with children.

cardboard camera

Make a cardboard camera 
Craft your own toy camera

animal snap

Make your own game of snap
Follow the instructions to create a fun game of animal snap

Edible: Recipes and decorated delicious things

Templates and instructions for crafty sweet treats. Yum!

viking and reindeer gingerbread

Viking gingerbreads
Shape dough made from your favourite gingerbread recipe to edible Vikings, ships and reindeer.

Print and Pasteable: Stamps, Stencils, Collage and Colouring

Printable activity booklets, templates and instructions for collage and printmaking activities

Roman Activities

centurion helmet

Make your own Centurion's helmet

roman diorama

Make your own Roman diorama drama

Stars and Songlines

celestial themed activities

4 pages of celestial themed activities
Take an adventure across the seas, under the stars and around the world with these fun activities.

Classic and Wooden Boat Festival Craft

boat-themed activities

4 pages of boat-themed activities
With loads of beautiful boats outside the museum as your inspiration, learn to draw a yacht, colour in some boats and follow the maze.

popcorn cone

Paper popcorn cone
Craft a paper cone for tasty popcorn treats - the old fashioned way!

pop-up card

Pop-up card
Follow the instructions to create your own nautical-themed pop-up card. Perfect for birthdays or just for fun!

pirate activities

Pirate themed activities
Play pirate word games, create a story and learn to draw a pirate ship, yarrr!

penguin fishing game

Make your own penguin fishing game
Make like a penguin and play with your own fishy figures! Simply print out the template and follow the instructions. 


ocean postcard

Ocean conservation postcard
Share your love of the ocean and marine life by making your own postcard using our easy template! 


ocean commotion

Ocean Commotion
Colour in some things you might find on the Great Barrier Reef. Simply print out the template and let your creativity flow!

draw a turtle

Draw a turtle & find-a-word
Follow these simple instructions to print out and draw a green turtle and find-a-word puzzle!

ocean maze

Follow the ocean maze
Puzzle fun - help the sea creatures find their way to the reef

ocean superhero

Ocean Superhero
Invent your own ocean superhero to protect the oceans and marine life!


carrot submarine

A carrot submarine
In this activity you’ll get to the root of how submarines work.


potato printing

Potato print blocks
Inspired by Indian wooden block printing, use simple house-hold materials to stamp beautiful patterns.


foam whale stamps

Foam whale stamps
Make easy stamps using craft foam cut in the image of your favourite whales.


propaganda posters

Propaganda posters for the home
Put persuasion to work on the home front with fun collages for kids of any age.


mother's day card

DIY Mother's Day card
Use our cute mother-and-chick penguin graphic to print a beautiful card with a special message.


pirate patch prints

Patch-eyed pirate prints
Ahoy there landlubbers, scurvydogs and sprogs!