The Beaney in Canterbury suggests educational activities and things for children to do in lockdown

Kent's museums and galleries are great places to explore and a popular option during any normal half term break.

But with attractions closed under lockdown restrictions visits in person are on hold.

The Beaney is currently closed to visitors because of lockdown restrictions
The Beaney is currently closed to visitors because of lockdown restrictions

The Beaney in Canterbury, which is ordinarily free to enter and so therefore a popular place with families looking for something to do during a school holiday, has posted a suggested list of activities children could try from home to keep them entertained.

Tapping into one of the area's most famous residents, who has his own spot within the town centre museum, one of the suggested activities is to try and recreate your very own shop window just like the one that children's television character Bagpuss used to live in.

Could you design a shop window for Bagpuss? Picture credit: The Beaney, Canterbury
Could you design a shop window for Bagpuss? Picture credit: The Beaney, Canterbury

In a nod to the city's medieval history youngsters are also encouraged to try and recreate their own pilgrimage using objects around the home whilst artefacts uncovered during excavations inspires another of The Beaney's activities which is jewellery making.

Based on The Beaney's own Anglo Saxon treasures, families are encouraged to come up with designs to craft their very own Anglo Saxon jewellery.

Could your children take on the role of museum curator?
Could your children take on the role of museum curator?

Whilst for children who enjoy some imaginary play there is the chance to take on the role of museum creator and build a 'collection of curious artefacts' using items found at home - whilst a journey back in time to Ancient Egypt might encourage children to learn more about Egyptian history and make their own mummy!

Anglo Saxon jewellery design is amongst the list of suggested activities
Anglo Saxon jewellery design is amongst the list of suggested activities

To view the full list of suggested activities, ideal for enjoying at home during half term, please click here.

For more suggestions of things to do with the children during half term in Kent please click here.

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