Creative activities to try at home
- 31st March 2020
- Posted by: Ami Lowman
- Category: Get Involved
We decided to start sharing Creative Activities for you to try at home when Lockdown was first introduced in the U.k., We wanted to help provide inspiration of creative ways to fill your days…
From March – June we posted weekly activities which you can see below. As the summer progressed and we returned to work we took a pause from posting and instead focussed on Craft Kits (creating and distributing bespoke craft kits for community groups)
We will continue to update the listings below as and when, with online activities organised by other artists / organisations which you can have a go at! If you’d like us to share your activity please email us and share the details!
We have always been passionate about craft and creative activities of all kinds and hopefully as you’ve made it this far you are too! But in case you (or a friend / family member / colleague) needs a little persuasion, we’ve listed some facts below that will make you realise why #CraftMatters…
So why something creative?
Regardless of whether you consider yourself artistically talented or not, a spark of creativity lies within us all, and the good news is that tapping into that spark gives you access to a variety of important health benefits, which in turn means happier people and a better home/work/school atmosphere!
Engaging in a creative activity will not only develop your skills but a great deal of satisfaction is derived from the sense of achievement that surrounds creating something yourself. This in turn has a positive impact on your self esteem! Did you know that a boost in self esteem can have a profound effect; motivating individuals to tackle activities and challenges in other areas of their life that they may not have previously considered possible? Amazing huh?
Taking part in creative activities together as a family also provides the opportunity for connecting with one another. Increased social connection leads to an improved sense of well being and belonging and will have a positive impact on everyone involved! The primary purpose of any artistic activity is to relax and have fun so this is why it’s a brilliant activity to try at during lockdown, when everyone is missing / mourning their normal life structure / friends / routine.
And whilst you can of course do all these activities on your own, why not try a group ‘make session’ with family at home or friends via social media etc? When engaging in and enjoying a creative activity as a group, the brain releases feel good endorphins and simultaneously the heart rate and hormone levels are stabilised leaving you feeling calm and content. It also helps keep the brain fit through cognitive stimulation as it utilises a part of the brain that isn’t necessarily used during your usual daily routine at work/school.
So…. Let’s create…
Hopefully by now you’re feeling utterly inspired and chomping at the bit to start making so check out the list of activities listed below. Some are our own suggested activities (inspired by general craft or our current projects; A Woman’s Space, Textile Transformation or Reach Out) We’ve also included some Young Designers Inspired Activities and others will be links to online tutorials by others that we think you might enjoy…
Click on the descriptions below, which also happen to be links, to open a more detailed blog post explaining the activity in-depth with photos, step by step guides, materials checklist and a video tutorial!
Don’t forget we would LOVE to see what you create and add it to our Lockdown Creations Gallery, so make sure you share your creations with us! You can email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can share online and tag us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!
Please note that some of these activities are date/time specific (details will be given where appropriate) others aren’t and can be access at any time.
Making Space would like to formally thank the Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund who have supported this work and our aim to inspire people at home and share creative resources with our local community.