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Keep it Creative! Fun Online Activities for Kids this Summer

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Keep it Creative! Fun Online Activities for Kids this Summer

5 min read

Keep it Creative! Fun Online Activities for Kids this Summer

If you were lucky enough to take part in this year’s Cruinniú na nÓg, Ireland’s national day of creativity for young people, you’ll have seen there were over 460 digital events across the country which took place on June 13th.

However, the beauty of this year’s Cruinniú is that many of the online activities, workshops, masterclasses or tutorials are still online so even if you missed out on the day or didn’t have time to access them all, they’re available at any time to keep creative and curious youngsters busy and active during the long summer months! 

Here’s just a taste of the fun, free, creative activities still online. Just simply click and transport into a creative wonderland. 

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Cruinniú na nÓg with Offaly Libraries series 

There are creative outlets for children of all ages here with nearly 40 different video tutorials or workshops spanning from Family Music Sessions with Noel to Hip Hop Dancing and Storytelling from around the world, and much more. 

Watch them on Offaly Libraries Facebook or here

Design & Crafts Council Ireland – Kite Making Workshops 

With the last sunny days of Summer looming and the perennial windy Irish climate, there’s always a good time to fly a kite and these fantastic online workshops from Design & Crafts Council of Ireland give you a step-by-step guide to creating a beautiful piece from recycled materials. You’ll be flying in no time! 

Meet me in the Clouds: Kite Making with Rebecca Marsden

Open Video

Making Kites from your Recycling with Heather Gray

Open Video

Kite Making with Ed Devane

Open Video

Kildare County Council – How to Make Ice Cream 

Now here’s something you won’t find difficult to sign little ones up for, an ice cream making class! This online workshop from Kildare County Council is both educational and fun, throwing in some history and science behind every child’s favourite dessert before showing how to make ice-cream at home. This one might be aimed at children but it’s definitely an activity for all ages! 

How to make Ice Cream

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2 Many Dance Moves – Dance Workshops 

As part of Wexford County Council’s Cruinniú programming, these fabulous dance workshops designed to keep toes of all ages busy. Hosted by 2 Many Dance Moves Artistic Director Becci Whelan, the workshops range from Parent and Toddler Boogie to Stretch and Meditate for Teenagers. Suitable for all levels and abilities, it will get the whole family moving! 

Watch them here

Longford County Council – Coding from Scratch 

In collaboration with Longford County Council, coder Siobhan Grealy has created a series of easy and fun tutorials interested in learning more about coding. The series includes a range of how-to-videos that will take your child through the basics of coding right through to making their own game! This is one activity they’re sure to spend hours with! 

Watch this online series on County Longford Library Services or here

Mayo Arts Service – How to Juggle Workshop 

Circus skills have been around for centuries and have never gone out of fashion, still mesmerising audiences both young and old, so why not find out how to use basic household items to juggle. All you need are two makeshift juggling balls, you can use small balls, oranges, apples, onions or lemons! 

Watch this online workshop here

My Creative Life Podcast 

A podcast series that celebrates creativity in young people – from music to writing, visual art and acrobatics, My Creative Life is the perfect listen for young minds, each short piece with a young person taking us on a joyous dive into their creative world as we explore their passions. A podcast that will definitely inspire and plant seeds of creativity! 

Listen to My Creative Life here

Creative Fingal – Playful Puppetry 

Key to creativity is getting young imaginations free to inspire and an amazing outlet for that is in making puppets. From the Draiocht and artist Anne Cradden, this online workshop shows children how to make wonderful puppet characters from things they can find around the house, from cardboard rolls to socks. Kids can decorate how they like and then bring their character creations to life in their own puppet theatre. 

Watch this online workshop here

Stay tuned for more in this series of fun, free activities using online events from Cruinniú na nÓg. 

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