Mansfield Museum activities

Mansfield Museum are providing some educational activities to help entertain and engage children.

These activities will be updated weekly.


Wassily Kandinsky was one of the most important 20th Century artists. He was a major figure in modern art and painted some of the first modern abstract works. He felt that he could express feelings and music through colours and shapes in his paintings.

Have a go at creating your own piece of art in the style of Kandinsky.

Kandinsky activity sheet

Example of Kandinsky design.

Make a robot

If you have visited Mansfield Museum, you will probably have met our robot called Ed. He is made using recycled materials and loves to help people learn more about recycling.

Create your own robot using recycled materials from around your home.

Make a robot activity sheet

Make a robot image

Greek Head Wreath

Greek laurel wreaths were once given to a victorious winner. Why not make a head wreath and be a winner in whatever you choose.

Greek Head Wreath activity sheet

Photo of a Greek wreath headband

Andrew Goldsworthy

Goldsworthy is a British artist and sculptor who creates huge pieces of land art in the environment, using all natural objects such as pebbles, twigs, branches, pine cones, mud, leaves and petals. Many of his creations are made solely by using his bare hands, teeth and any “natural” tools that he happens to find.

His art is often temporary, so photography plays a key role in his artwork – capturing the art, before it decays, falls apart or floats away.

Why not have a go at creating your own natural art in your garden or local green space. Here are some ideas to help you.

Activity sheet

Andrew Goldsworthy image

Make a litter bug

Create your own Litter Bug using recycled materials. You could make a family of them.

Litter bug instructions

Photo of the completed litter bug

Making a bug hotel

Building a bug hotel for the garden is a fun project to do with the family. Building homemade bug hotels provide a welcome refuge to beneficial insects, which we could not have fruits and vegetables without. It is a great way to recycle plastic bottles or tin cans.

Bug hotel instructions


Photo of the completed bug hotel

Wellbeing activity grid

When you go out for your daily exercise, try and see how many of these different items you can spot.

You could take a pen or pencil with you, to keep track of how many you spot using the grid below.

Wellbeing Wednesday grid

Museum nature walk photos

Make your own catapult

A catapult is a type of machine used as a weapon to throw rocks or other things, that would cause damage to something else.

Often, catapults were set on higher ground or on castle towers to let them shoot further. They shot rocks to break castle walls, or pitch or hot tar to set the target on fire.

Follow these instructions to make your own catapult, but be careful where you aim it!

Make your own catapult instructions

Roman catapult image

Toys and games bingo

Let’s have some fun playing with different toys and games.

Each day play with one of the different types of toys and games shown on the activity sheet, then cross them off the grid.

Toys and games bingo

Games bingo activity sheet

Egyptian necklaces

This is a fun project to make if you are learning about Egyptian life.

You will need: Paper plate, Scissors, Poster paint or felt pens, paint brushes, stick on gems/sweetie wrappers are optional.

Egyptian necklaces activity

Egyptian necklace activity image

Sending a hug

If you know someone who needs a hug at the moment, why not send them one in the post. Here are some lovely ideas to create your own hug which we are sure would be appreciated.

Sending a hug instructions

Send a hug tutorial image

Museum of me

We would like you to contribute to our online exhibition over the next few months.

Please see our instruction sheet for further information

Museum of me instructions

Outside of Mansfield Museum

Habitats bird box

A habitat is a natural home or environment which an animal lives in. You can encourage birds into your garden by making a bird box for them to nest in.

You will need: an empty cardboard juice/milk carton, scissors, selection of paints, paintbrushes, a lolly stick (or something similar), a sticky label or white paper, PVA glue or varnish, coloured paper/tissue paper is optional, string or ribbon.

Follow these instructions carefully and create your own bird box using recycled materials.

Habitats bird box instructions

Photo of a completed bird box.