Get creative and explore the wonders of technology, design, music and space using simple household items that you may have at home.
Making activities with Rosie Deacon
Powerhouse Creative Industries Resident Rosie Deacon has created a selection of activities for you to do at home over the Summer break. These fun activities are inspired by her Koala Train installation, the unfolding bushfire tragedy and the plight of our koalas.
MAKE A ROVER
Explore Mars and beyond with your own rover! Don’t have a printer? Draw your own terrain and trace the templates from the screen.
MAKE A CITY
What would be your dream city? Build your own using household items and the templates provided. Don’t have a printer? You can draw your own city templates or carefully trace the template from your screen.
MAKE YOUR OWN BODY PUZZLE
How many body parts can you identify? Follow the instructions and perform your own operation. Don’t’ have a printer? Trace the template from the screen.
Make a paper shaker
Can you hear that? Create a paper shaker and let your family guess what you filled it with from your pantry. Fold the square paper into a box as per the instructions. Fill them with what you have at home, like uncooked rice, lentils or chickpeas. Fold as many boxes as you want. Fill two with the same contents to create your own sound matching game.
Create a planet
At Sydney Observatory we love exploring space. Did you know that researchers keep discovering new planets outside of our own solar system? Create your own planet using this template. Colour in, cut it out pop up the figures and stick them on your planet to have your own 3D world. Don’t have a printer? Carefully trace the template from your screen.
Make a star projector
Do you like looking at the stars at night time? Check out our monthly southern sky guide for updates on which constellations and planets to spot best at the moment and make your own star projector at home using this template and simple household items. Don’t have a printer? Carefully trace the template from your screen.
Did you also know that you can find regular updates on Moon phases here? Happy Moon watching!
Make a paper city
How do you go to school? Do you walk? Do you take the bus or the train? Or do you ride your bicycle? At the Museums Discovery Centre, you can find many old trains, cars, bicycles or buses. Most of them were once used to transport people in Sydney. Use this template to colour them in, cut them out and pop them up to have your own little paper city. Don’t have a printer? Carefully trace the template on your screen.
Make a paper zine
Many objects that museums collect have been carefully designed to improve people’s life.
Get creative and start designing what you would like to see in a museum using this template. Fold it up to have your own mini paper zine. Don’t have a printer? Carefully trace the template from your screen.