Fun and Brain Food

Update 22nd April 2021

Derby Museums offer lots of exciting discovery and making activities online. See information below.

And take a look at the Royal Academy entry too, for free Saturday Sketch Club online sessions, for beginners and more experienced artists.

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Play and Learn online at Derby Museums

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Play & Learn

Derby Museums say: 'Whatever your age or ability there should be something here for you!'

Explore resources and activities using the links below.

Saturday Sketch Club

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The Royal Academy is offering free sketching classes on Saturdays for amateurs and experienced artists alike. To find out more and book a ticket, follow the link below.

Derby Book Festival Literature Quizzes

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Here is some some book-related entertainment from Derby Book Festival.

Click on the link below for the March quiz - and answers!

Have a look at the Derby Book Festival website too; there is a lot to enjoy and some 2021 dates for your diary.

Painted Pebbles

Pebble painted with the words 'Be kind'

6th July 2020

Nestling safely in the crook of a tree, a crevice in a wall or a rock, brightly painted pebbles surprise and delight passers by. They are fun to create; have a look at the link below.

Safety advice: When you paint your pebble be very careful to put it in a safe place where it can't cause a choking hazard for small children or animals: if you see a perfect spot, perhaps in a garden, ask the owner before you can place your pebble!

Painted pebble nestling in a tree

Draw a memory map of Quarndon

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9th May 2020

It would be great if you could take a photo of your completed map and send it to

This activity, created by the New York Centre for Architecture, asks you to...

'Close your eyes and imagine taking a walk from your home out into your block or neighborhood. What places or things stand out? Everyone experiences their neighborhood in their own personal way. Share yours by making a memory map that shows the places that make your neighborhood special to you.

Memory maps often mix drawings and words, and don't need to be accurate. Think about the sounds, colors, textures, and smells that are part of your experience as you walk around your neighborhood. Can you include these somehow? There is no "right way" to make a memory map. Your map should reflect you and your unique view of your neighborhood!'

Click here for the activity: