International Museum Day

Every year, on May 18th The International Council of Museums invites us all to celebrate International Museums Day (IMD). The idea is to promote the importance of museums in the development of society. To be honest, I’d never heard of it, but that does not really surprise me. Sadly, since starting this blog I’ve come across many special days that are not promoted in the UK at all. So, if you celebrate any that you think we’d be interested in, do let me know.

Anyway, back to IMD. This year’s theme is Museums in a Changing World and aims to explore how museums can compete with other avenues of finding information, such as websites and social networking. But, as this theme may be a bit of a stretch for the young minds in your care, why not look at museums in general?

Who’s Been to a Museum?

You could start with a small class presentation project. Ask if anyone has been to a museum, where it was and what they saw. They could prepare a short talk on it and, bring in any information, photos or souvenirs they have to show to the class.

What Can You Find in a Museum?

Another task might be to ask the children what they think they can see in a museum. I’m sure they’ll be able to come up with the usual suspects and, as a hint, you could ask if anyone has seen the film ‘Night at the Museum’ if they get stuck. You can use the answers as the basis for a number of different art projects. But in case you are struggling, here are some ideas to get you started:

we have some great papyrus paper with a hieroglyphics information sheet so the children can make Egyptian inspired paintings, like these

they’ll also need:

paint or crayons – our Lyra Colour Giants have 25% off!

black A2 paper

gold, silver and black markers


gold display paper


What to do:

create the picture on papyrus using paint, crayons and markers

once dry, mount the pictures onto a black A2 paper

now fix to a gold display paper background with Blu-tack . Once the display is finished with the children can stick their creations into their scrap books

We also have everything you’ll need to have some dinosaur papier mache fun. Below are two projects, one really that’s really easy – a dino bone – for the younger class members and another more difficult one – dinosaur hats – for the older ones. And, our cellulose adhesive paste powder is currently on offer – what could be better?

Dinosaur Bones

To make the dinosaur bone you’ll need:

cellulose adhesive paste powder

clear adhesive tape

newspaper or scrap paper


large cardboard tubes

large bowls

people paint

We suggest that you protect against rogue paint and papier mache as this can get really messy! We’d advise using teddy splash mats for the floor, smocks for the kids and cover-all’s plastic covers for the tables.

What to do

screw up newspaper or scrap paper and push it into the ends of the cardboard tube and mould it into a bone shape

fix in place using clear adhesive tape

mix up the cellulose adhesive paste powder and leave to thicken

get the children to tear newspaper or scrap paper into strips

now, they can dip the strips into the glue and stick it on the bone shape

leave to dry

once dry, paint and it’s done

Dinosaur Hats

Now on to the more complicated papier mache dinosaur hats. This is a week long project as the hats will need at least a day to dry in between stages.

You’ll need all the materials listed for the dino bone, but instead of the bone coloured paint, get bright paints

You’ll also need:


black markers

decoration, such as

paper eggs cut in half

paper balls assorted cut in half

pom poms

spotted feathers

wiggly eyes


acrylic jewels


craft scissors such as wave, pinking or zig-zag

foam sheets



What to do:

so to start, make up the cellulose adhesive paste powder and leave to thicken

cut each child a one inch section of cardboard tube, this will act as the base to sit the balloon on as the hat is being made

next, get each child to blow up a balloon and secure it to the base using a little self adhesive tape – the balloon should be longways to represent the long face of the dinosaur

find the half way point on the balloon and mark it with a get each child to mark it with a black marker

now the children can start the newspaper or scrap paper into strips, dip them into the glue and place them on the balloon, taking care not to pass the half way line. Theahtt will need at least three layers of papier mache and each layer will need to dry out thoroughly before starting the next one.

now pop the balloon

make two holes in each side of the balloon and thread through a length of string to make chin straps

now it’s time to decorate. Here are some ideas for different dinosaur head shapes:





or just let the children use their imaginations and add whatever decoration they like


Origami for the Older Ones

If there are older children in the class they might want to have a go at this origami dinosaur. It’s not that easy, but this video does have clear instructions to follow. Or for an Egyptian theme, there’s this pyramid.

We have some great papers to use for these projects:

origami paper

natures textures

safari print

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