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Family Activities

Here at Durham University Library and Collections we are working to bring our collections to you whilst our venues are closed.

Here are some simple craft activities to try at home. You don't need any special equipment or materials, just paper, pens, scissors and a glue stick. You can print the templates, or you can just make your own.

These activities are generally suitable for children aged 5 - 11 years with the help of a grown-up. So, get your glue sticks ready and enjoy!

Why not share your work with us by taking a photo and sharing it on social media? You can find us on:

Facebook at: Oriental Museum Durham University

Twitter: @dumuseums


Calling Young Poets!

What do philosophy and poetry have in common? How can poetry and philosophy help us to address climate change and think about the global emergency of COVID-19? Rooted in the work of Mary Midgley, our illustrated worksheets explore how philosophical thinking can help us to reflect on the pandemic, climate change, society and friendship. If you’re inspired, become a Midgley Young Poet and send us a poem to be added to the Midgley Archive in Durham University.

Young Poets

Buddha's Birthday

Find out about Buddha's Birthday, the most important day in the Buddhist calendar and make a mandala.

Dazzling Dragons

Make a Chinese paper chain dragon and find out why dragons are important in Chinese culture.

Beautiful Blossom

Find out about Japanese cherry blossom and make a cherry blossom picture.

Lovely Lanterns

Make a Chinese paper lantern.

Celebrate Japanese Children's Day

Celebrate Japanese Children's Day and make a cool carp banner, or even a family of them.

Celebrating Pride

Celebrate Durham Pride, find out why an ancient Chinese emperor cut the sleeve off his silk robe and decorate your own Chinese robe.

Celebrating Eid Al-Fitr

Celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim festival marking the end of Ramadan and make a glittery moon and star decoration.

Powerful Pyramids

Find out how the Pharaohs of Egypt were buried and make a pyramid.

Hooray for Hanuman

Find out about Hanuman, the Hindu monkey king and make a monkey puppet.

Terrific Tangrams

The Chinese are famous for their tangram puzzles. Make your own and try it with your family.

Beautiful Boats

See our spectacular dhow boat and then try making, and floating, your own.

Mighty Maces

Maces were used in Ancient Egypt as signs of power. Make your very own stick of power!

VE Day Celebrations

The Durham Light Infantry fought in many wars over the years, including the Second World War, and 8th May this year marks 75 years since it ended. Parties were held across Britain to celebrate the news, with bunting and flags brightening up street parties. Make your own to celebrate!


Every June the LGBTQ+ community celebrates Pride in a number of different ways. Make your own rainbow decorations to show your support.

Be Inspired

See the amazing work created by other families to inspire your own crafts!

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