Get creative at home with our art and craft activities, designed for families to do together. Plus, enjoy our bedtime stories.

Our short videos guide you through the activities step by step. With just a few simple materials you’ll be amazed at what you can create! From baking and bunting making, to puppetry and paper chains, there is something for everyone. And once bedtime creeps closer, we even have a selection of bedtime stories for little ones, read by some of the Museum’s friends.

Don’t forget to share your creations with us on social media by tagging @foundlingmuseum

Animal Riot – Make your own woodland creatures in this fun family activity

Boat Building – Imagine you are a sailor on the high seas, then learn how to make a boat to sail away in

Emoji Badges – Make some fun and colourful fluorescent emoji badges

Emoji Cookies – Bake and decorate some fun emoji cookies

Explorer Binoculars – Make a set of binoculars then go on a safari to spot the animals in your local area

Everyday Achievement Medals – Make your own medal to celebrate something you are proud of

Fantastical Figureheads – Explore mythological creatures and create your own mythical sculpture inspired by a ship’s figurehead

Gratitude Paper Chains – Brighten up your home with colourful paper chains

Guerrilla Gardening with Seed Tokens – Spread some garden cheer with these seed tokens

Let’s Write a Letter – Share special memories with friends and loved ones in our latest activity

Letters with a Cause – Watch this video by Emma Crouch about the powerful impact of letter writing

Lockdown Diaries – Make your own diary to record your time in lockdown

Message on a Biscuit – Make a biscuit then decorate it with a message to give to someone special

Musical Storytelling: An Artist Called William – This fun musical story introduces young children to the artist William Hogarth, who was a supporter of the Foundling Hospital

Musical Storytelling: Thomas & The King’s Soldiers – This fun musical story introduces young children to Thomas Coram, who set up the Foundling Hospital

Nature Rave – Get dancing and create friends to rave with, made from items found in nature

Paper Pulp Names – Create a 3D version of your name in this simple art activity

Pinecone Birdfeeder – Create a feast for the birds in your garden by making your own bird feeder

Skittles – Make your own set of skittles for playing at home

Sun Prints – Use the power of the sun and nature to make prints

The Wishing Jar – Explore children’s wishes for the future

The Adventure Jar – Explore your surroundings and store your memories in this activity for young adventurers

Whirly Beasts – Have fun crafting your own insect-inspired windmill and watch it whirl

Spring Chickens – Make your own spring chicken friend for Easter

Spring Pompoms – Bring the cheer of spring to your friends, family and beyond by making pompoms full of love


Comic Cupcakes – Make super tasty cupcakes, and ice them with superhero designs

Comic-strip Jubilee Bunting – Create Jubilee bunting with a difference – covered in superheroes!

Marvellous Masks – Make a mask and turn into your favourite flying superhero

Noisy Badges – Make fun badges inspired by comic book sound effects

Superhero Cape – Make a cape to turn yourself into your favourite flying superhero

Superhero Shadow Puppets – Make your own shadow puppet superheroes

Superhero T-Shirts – Design your very own superhero t-shirt

Cockatoos – Read by Dame Prue Leith, illustrated and written by Quentin Blake, and published by Red Fox

Goodnight Moon – Read by graduate of the Foundling Museum Tracing Our Tales traineeship Sofia Oliviera, written by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd, and published by Two Hoots

John Patrick Norman McHennessy, the boy who was always late – Read by Former Pupil John Caldicot, illustrated and written by John Burningham, and published by Red Fox

Not Now Bernard – Read by Visitor Engagement Manager Tabitha Paterson, written and illustrated by David McKee, and published by Andersen Press

Oh No George  – Read by author and broadcaster Lemn Sissay OBE, written and illustrated by Chris Haughton, and published by Walker Books

Tales for the Perfect Child – Read by children’s author and illustrator Lauren Child CBE,  written by Florence Parry Heide, illustrated by Victoria Chess, and published by Magnet