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ChYpPS activities

Thanks to everyone who joined in with our online activities over the summer holidays. We were sorry we couldn’t see you all in person as we would usually do.

Look out for us out and about after school, in King’s Hedges on Tuesdays, Cherry Hinton on Wednesdays, and Chesterton on Thursdays. We’ll be talking to children and playing with them on the parks in ways that let us keep an appropriate distance.

Online, we are advertising a free 4-week drawing project for children aged 7 or older. Let us know if you would like to get involved – we need your name and age, and a contact number and email address. Send us an email or private Facebook message, or ask your parent to do so for you.

October half-term holiday activities

Our fun-packed programme will leave no time for boredom during the half-term holiday. We have teamed up with University of Cambridge Museums to deliver a wide variety of activities!

Sessions run from Monday 26 to Friday 30 October. Some sessions will be pre-recorded videos, and others you can join online.

Booking is not required unless otherwise stated. To reserve your place on a session, email us or send us a private message on Facebook.

Due to coronavirus restrictions we might need to move outdoor sessions if lots of people join. Times might change subject to the weather.

Monday 26 October

  • 1pm: Shadow puppets. Watch our Facebook video on how to make spooky shadow puppets to create stories to entertain the family.
  • 4pm: Rocks and fossils for children aged 7 and older with the Sedgwick Museum – booking required. Get your questions ready for palaeontologist Rob Theodore as he shares his favourite rocks and fossils from the museum! All spaces on this activity have now been reserved.

Tuesday 27 October

  • 1 to 2.30pm: King’s Hedges neighbourhood play. Join us for socially distanced games on and around Nuns Way recreation ground.
  • 4pm: Spooky drawing workshop for children aged 7 and older – booking required. Step-by-step drawing with Andrea. All spaces on this activity have now been reserved.

Wednesday 28 October

  • 10am: What animal is that? for children aged 8 to 12 with the Museum of Zoology – booking required. From enormous whales to tiny flies, explore the museum from your home. Give your team clues to guess some of the animals you see in this fun, interactive game. All spaces on this activity have now been reserved.
  • 1 to 2.30pm: Cherry Hinton neighbourhood play. Join us for socially distanced games on and around Cherry Hinton recreation ground.

Thursday 29 October

  • 4pm: Keeping warm and cosy for children aged 7 to 11 with the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology – booking required. Join us for a look at objects from across the world which show us how we can stay warm and cosy. All spaces on this activity have now been reserved.

Friday 30 October

  • 1pm: Story time with Maddy. Listen to our autumnal story “Fletcher and the Falling leaves”.
  • 4pm: Microscopes for children aged 7 to 11 with the Whipple Museum – booking required. Join us to learn about microscopes and try some simple experiments. All spaces on this activity have now been reserved.

Summer activities

We took our PlayDaze summer activities online this summer, as we weren’t able to deliver the programme in a way that was safe for all. We provided arts and crafts, quizzes, discos and more to keep children busy.

We have collected all the videos of our online summer activities in a playlist on our YouTube channel, so you can catch up on any you missed.

The University of Cambridge Museums, Amey, Tech Studio and the King’s Hedges Family Support Project joined us to present some of the sessions.

Week 1: 27 to 31 July

Monday 27 July

  • 3pm: Under-8’s disco. Joinable session – booking required

Wednesday 29 July

Thursday 30 July

Friday 31 July

  • 10am: Owl arts and crafts for under-5s. Online video – watch the owl arts and crafts video
  • 3pm: University of Cambridge Museums. Learn about a scientific object and try some simple experiments with the Whipple Museum! Joinable session – booking required

Week 2: 3 to 7 August

Monday 3 August

  • 11am: Recycling is for the birds. Learn how you can help nature and do your bit for the environment by making a bird feeder from a plastic drinks bottle with Amey. Joinable session – booking required.
  • 3pm: Step-by-step drawing workshop with Andrea. Joinable session – booking required

Tuesday 4 August

  • 10am: Kettles Yard ‘twirling mobile’ art activity with University of Cambridge Museums. Watch moving shadows from Kettles Yard gallery then make a masterpiece. Online video – booking not required
  • 4pm: Coding with Tech Studio. Joinable session – booking required. Book by emailing info@tech-studio.co.uk

Wednesday 5 August

Thursday 6 August

  • 10am: Sedgwick Museum gravel hunters with University of Cambridge Museums. Join us as we hunt for fossils in gravel and see what you can discover! Online video – booking not required
  • 3pm: Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Find out about some of the amazing pots in the museum’s collection – what can you actually create from a simple lump of clay? Joinable session – booking required
  • 4pm: Coding with Tech Studio. Joinable session – booking required. Book by emailing info@tech-studio.co.uk

Friday 7 August

Week 3: 10 to 14 August

Monday 10 August

  • 11am: Cutting your waste with Amey. Join us and we will show you how to make unwanted newspapers into flashy swords. Joinable session – booking required
  • 3pm: ChYpPS Taskmaster! Join Caroline the ‘taskmaster’ for some fun challenges! Joinable session – booking required

Tuesday 11 August

  • 10am: Kettles Yard ‘shape poems’ activity with University of Cambridge Museums. Did you know words can be art too? Discover shape poems from Kettles Yard art gallery and make your own inspired by what’s around you. Online video – booking not required

Wednesday 12 August

Thursday 13 August

  • 10am: Fitzwilliam Museum floral sun prints with University of Cambridge Museums. Take a look at some floral paintings in the Fitzwilliam and learn how to make your own artistic creation. Online video – booking not required
  • 3pm: University of Cambridge Museums. Find out about some of the amazing pots in the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology collection. What can you create from a simple lump of clay? Joinable session – booking required

Friday 14 August

  • 10am: Waving hands craft for under-5s. Join us with a special guest from Cambridgeshire Child and Family Centres. Online video – booking not required
  • 3pm: University of Cambridge Museums. Come and learn about a scientific object and try out some simple experiments with the Whipple Museum. Joinable session – booking required

Week 4: 17 to 21 August

Monday 17 August

  • 11am: Trumpet the recycling cause with Amey! Join us in the making of these enduring elephants from plastic milk bottles. Joinable session – booking required
    • Milk bottle elephant instructions
  • 3pm: Harry Potter quiz – are you a superfan? Joinable session – booking required

Tuesday 18 August

  • 10am: Kettles Yard ‘friendship prints’ activity with University of Cambridge Museums. Make your own friendship prints using simple materials. Take inspiration from symbols of friendship in art work from Kettles Yard gallery, and design patterns and shapes to post to a friend. Online video- booking not required

Wednesday 19 August

Thursday 20 August

  • 3pm: Classical archaeology with the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Come learn about ancient Greece! Joinable session – booking required

Friday 21 August

  • 10am: Finger puppet craft for under-5s. Join us with a special guest from the King’s Hedges family support project. Online video – booking not required
  • 3pm: University of Cambridge Museums. Come and learn about a scientific object and try out some simple experiments with the Whipple Museum. Joinable session – booking required

Week 5: 24 to 28 August

Monday 24 August

  • 11am: Recycling plane and simple! We will take to the skies and make planes from waste paper. Joinable session – booking required
  • 3pm: Drawing workshop – step-by-step drawing with Steph. Joinable session – booking required

Wednesday 26 August

Thursday 27 August

Friday 28 August

Week 6: 1 and 2 September

Tuesday 1 September

Wednesday 2 September