The West Midlands Virtual Schools are delighted to bring you Connect & Create:
Connect & Create is a new online feature of our Artslink programme, which provides at-home arts & cultural activities specially selected and commissioned for care experienced children & young people. We know that the arts can present a hugely important opportunity for connection and creativity for care experienced CYP and their key adults during this isolating time, as well as helping to continue their learning.
So we hope you will dive in and give it a go – creative challenges, artist demonstrations, career pathways and a gallery to showcase some of the work produced. We’ll be updating activities regularly, so the site will grow in content, and you can sign up to receive updates.
Online Resources to Support Creativity and Discovery
- Tate Kids
Tate Kids will bring art to life for your children aged 4-13 with its exciting and interactive activities. Tate Kids supports aspects of the art curricula in the UK, but also has relevance to English, Design and Technology and ICT.
- The Imagination Tree
Ideas for creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
- Nature Detective
Ideas and activities from the Woodland Trust based on the natural environment. Can be carried out in the home but with inspiration from the garden and whilst exercising in local open spaces.
- Blue Peter Badges
Apply to earn a Blue Peter Badge or enter a competition to win one. Access to a stamp and post box required
- The Artful Parent
Lots of fun and creative ideas for art activities for all of the family.
- DK Find OutColourful and realistic illustrations support this compendium of interesting facts about a range of topics from nature to computing, space to music and more. Great for the inquisitive minded.
As well as teacher resources this site also provides ideas for indoor activities including cooking, arts and crafts, printable resources and much more.
- AC Education Youtube Channel
Vanessa from AC Education has produced a mini-series of arty ideas to do at home with children and young people to keep hands busy and minds calm.
- Dudley Performing Arts (DPA) have lots of free music lessons on the group’s YouTube channel.
- Bloom Creative Wellbeing
A kind and creative not-for-profit social enterprise, dedicated to supporting people and communities to grow and bloom through creativity, have tons of wonderful ideas. Cake making, squidgy rainbows and lots of paint!