Kids Activities

Create a special rugby jersey inspired by your family and friends. This fun activity for kids draws on the themes of family and connection present in Yuriyal Eric Bridgeman’s current exhibition Yal.

Explore colour and light with this activity for kids inspired by Ilan El’s Colours of Light exhibition.

Play with colour, experiment with light and be creative. Can you make your very own colourful creation? This fun activity will teach us how to make a stained-glass window from paper and cellophane, adding beautiful colour to your room. 

Inspired by Designers on your Doorstep and the theme of home. Create a fun Terrazzo coaster, this small functional domestic object can brighten up any space in your home.

This year’s Design Fringe focuses on the theme of “home”. The home can be an endless source of inspiration for design. Create an organic origami lamp shade for your house. Learn the art of folding paper using simple origami techniques. Follow this step by step activity to make your own origami lamp shade.

Create a miniature still life painting inspired by Natasha Bieniek’s exhibition Halcyon. Natasha’s paintings employ meticulous detail and express her deep appreciation for gardens. Set up your picnic in your favourite outdoor surrounding, focus in on a detail and capture this through a still life painting. You can always take a photo and work from this too.

If you could live anywhere, where would that be? What does your perfect home look like? Is your perfect home by the sea or in the mountains? Everything is possible in this activity! Linden New Art have produced this activity inspired by the Design Fringe theme of ‘home’.

Create a small a series of ink paintings inspired by Carolyn Menzies exhibition Of Slender Means. Find some objects in your Home and use these as paint brushes to make marks, exploring movement, texture, volume and materiality.

Inspired by Natasha Bieniek’s picturesque landscape scenes of nature. Create your own miniature tranquil landscape or dream garden diorama.

Can you make a monster or superhero from paper? Think about a kind of monster or superhero who does only good things in your world. We are going to make a monster or superhero from paper, and we’re going to make it in under 10 minutes.

Inspired by Anna Révész exhibition that explores movement through a series of black and white photographs and three sculptural works, Create a balancing sculpture that explores movement and form.  Capture this using a camera, playing with light and composition to create depth and dimensions with shadows or just using natural light.

Create your own miniature painting inspired by artist Natasha Bieniek and her deep appreciation for gardens and green spaces.

Create the perfect magic trick with the Banana Buster.
Surprise your audience with this seamless magic trick.

Learn to create the perfect balancing act.

By making a simple and fun balancing scale sculpture. Uniquely designed from resourceful materials found around your home. Experiment with weighing scales created with various shapes, sizes and colours, to find that ideal equilibrium.

Create a colourful Hourglass to measure moments of time. Will it pass quickly or very slowly?    

Fun and a little bit of a challenge, create a Roman Arch or Keystone bridge. Throughout time the ingenuity of the keystone concept demonstrates structural strength and dates back as far as the Romans!

Bring a little unexpected colourful surprise into someone else’s day by creating a rainbow pop-up card to send in the mail. Of course, you can replace the rainbow with a pop-up image of your choice.

With your finger, draw a letter, number or shape on your child’s back. They have to guess what you have drawn.

Fimo is a polymer clay, or modelling clay, that hardens when baked in the oven. It is perfect for making a family friendly feast.

All you need for this activity are some small pebbles and some paint. This idea comes from artist and designer Bec Orpin, whose works was featured in Innovators 2, in 2013 at Linden, curated by Tai Snaith. This, and many more lovely activities appear in Orpin’s DIY craft book Sunshine Spaces.

An oldy but a goody – use your bedside lamp and your imagination to bring these little shape shifting shadows to life.

Tessellations are the covering of a surface using one or more geometric shapes, called tiles, with no overlaps and no gaps. They are an interesting way in which to create beautiful patterns and have fun learning about shapes.

Art Coloring Book is an experiment by Google. Colour your way through the palettes of famous paintings.

This activity encourages consideration of how animals might view the world. Which animal will you be today? An eagle? A hammerhead shark? A chameleon? Think about all of the different features of your chosen animal’s habitat… you never know what you might spot on your adventures!

Make your own upcycled tea light lanterns inspired by Winter Solstice night sky – the longest night of the year – which occurred on the 21st of June 2020.

Inspired by our 2019 exhibition Brodie Ellis, Heavy Launch, this exhibition explored the idea of space travel and the resources and energy needed to launch a rocket. This activity allows kids, and enthusiastic adults, to make a rocket of their own and to learn more about propulsion, rocket design, and the transformation of energy.

Artist Jonathan Kim’s work considers the importance between objects and the environment they inhabit, while asking the viewer to contemplate their own relationship with the material world. As winter begins to arrive and we all start rugging up inside, we invite you to take the time to consider the materials and space in which you inhabit.

Linden New Art has joined East Gippsland Art Gallery to connect our stay-at-home communities through the art of letters.
Kids are invited to become a pen pal by sending a meaningful message to someone who has to stay home just like you.

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