Sewerby Hall at Home

Fun, creative ideas and activities inspired by Sewerby Hall to enjoy at home.

Sewerby at Home is part of Active East Riding. With ideas for children and adults - discover things you can do, learn from, and take part in whilst at home. Check out the
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Sewerby Squirrels at Home

Fun activities for under 5s to try at home, using themes from the Sewerby Squirrels sessions at Sewerby Hall and Gardens.

Garden Explorers

Activity: What can you find in your garden or the local park? Depending on the season you might spot...daffodils, tulips, roses or other flowers; buds or leaves on the trees; orange, brown or yellow leaves on the floor; and minibeasts crawling and wriggling around.

Craft: Why not draw or make some flowers, trees and plants, using colours, glue, tissue paper, old boxes, or whatever you have at home.

Baby Sensory: Sing 'Insy Winsy Spider'. Pick some flowers and leaves from the garden or local park and explore their different textures.

Beach Explorers

Activity: One of the best things about going to the beach is playing in the sea. Fill a washing up bowl with water, put your sun hat on, have a splash around and pretend you're at the beach!

Craft: Can you make a beach picture? Use colours, glue, tissue paper or whatever you have at home.

Baby Sensory: Sing 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat'. Babies can enjoy water play, too! Make sure the water is body temperature so they don't get too hot or too cold.

History Explorers

Activity: Edwardian children used to play with wooden blocks. Why not use your building blocks to build the tallest tower you can!

Craft: Some of the earliest artwork was on the walls in caves. You could make your own cave painting using chalks and pastels on dark paper or card.

Baby Sensory: Sing 'Bob the Builder'. Build your baby a tower using age appropriate blocks and let them knock it down.

Edwardian Kitchen

Activity: Get messy with an Edwardian kitchen theme! Try mixing cornflour and water together, and add in food colouring, herbs or spices to change the colour and texture.

Craft: Draw your favourite meal or help make tea one night!

Baby Sensory: Babies can enjoy messy kitchen play, too! Keep the mix free of small objects. Why not add some banana or other baby snacks to enjoy?

Edwardian Cleaning

Activity: Why not help the grown-ups to do the washing, dusting, sweeping or hoovering.
Which is your favourite activity?

Craft: Design some new clothes on paper or card, cut them out, and use some pegs to hang them on a string washing line!

Baby Sensory: Get out some unused soft cleaning cloths, sponges, brushes and toothbrushes to explore.

Edwardian Tea Party

Activity: Why not get your teddy bears and dolls together for a tea party! What's your favourite biscuit or cake? What's your favourite fruit? What's your favourite drink?

Craft: Draw your favourite cake - or better still, bake it and eat what you've made!

Baby Sensory: Sing 'Teddy Bear's Picnic'. Put some pieces of bread, fruit and baby snacks in a washing up bowl to explore.

Crafts at Home

Have a go at our simple craft ideas, especially designed for under 5s to enjoy with a little bit of help from a grown-up.

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Activities for School Aged Children

Fun, creative ideas and activities for children and families, all about Sewerby Hall and Gardens, Edwardian life, and the Zoo

Colouring Sheets

Get creative and colour in some of Sewerby's famous figures and monuments (colouring inside the lines optional)

Historical Figures

Colour in these Kings, Queens and other famous figures who all have connections with Sewerby and Bridlington

Prehistoric Animals

If you had been visiting Sewerby Hall 100,000 years ago you might have spotted tusked elephants, spotted hyenas and hippopotamus wandering around

Sewerby Servants #1

Have a go at colouring in some of the servants that worked at Sewerby Hall in the early 20th century

Sewerby Servants #2

In 1901 there were 11 servants living in Sewerby Hall and more in the nearby estates. Here are some to colour in

The Clocktower

Adjacent to the house this pretty building dates back to the early 1820s. Today it is the Clocktower Cafe where we serve tasty sandwiches and other refreshments

Sewerby Hall (with puzzles)

Have a go at colouring in Sewerby Hall, take on a challenging crossword puzzle and help Amy Johnson find her way to Jason (the plane in which she was the first woman to fly solo from London to Australia)

Amy Johnson Activity Sheet

Colour in Amy's De Haviland Gipsy Moth aircraft called 'Jason' and take on the Amy Johnson wordsearch

Fun Games To Play At Home

Play games that kept children entertained during Edwardian times and other fun indoor activities

Edwardian Pastimes - Fivestones and Jacks.

Victorian and Edwardian children would often be found playing fivestones, or its variation called Jacks. This was a very ancient game, it was originally called knucklebones as it was played with small bones from the feet of sheep

Edwardian Pastimes - Hopscotch

Hopscotch was actually an old game in the Edwardian period and it may have been played by children as early as Ancient Rome!

Edwardian Pastimes - Patience

Card games were a popular pastime for both men and women. This card game would have been played regularly in the billiard room

Edwardian Pastimes - The Copybook

Edwardian children copied letters from copy books. Why don't you have a go with this version of a copy book page?

Lay the breakfast table like a butler

Could you be an Edwardian butler? Have a go at laying out the breakfast table

Lay the lunch table like a butler

Could you be an Edwardian butler? Have a go at laying out the lunch table

Edwardian Photograph Detective #1

Take a look at this photograph of an Edwardian period room. A few of the items in this room don't belong. Can you use your detectice skills to spot them all?

Edwardian Photograph Detective #2

Here are two pictures of an Edwardian dining hall. Some of the objects in these pictures have been changed. How many differences can you spot?

Edwardian Photograph Detective #3

Can you find the 8 Edwardian Servant's hiding amongst the crowd?

Edwardian Photograph Detective #4

Can you find the 8 Sewerby Squirrels in the Drawing Room.

How to Make Gloop

Don't be mistaken, this activity is not just for kids! Create different textures and feel your way through the gloop!

How to Make Sock Puppets

There are always plenty of odd socks around the house. Why not make something fun out of them?

Nature Detectives

Keep yourself entertained with these great garden activities. From making a bird feeder to inspecting bugs.

Mini Beast Hunt

The warmer weather and longer days will bring lots of creepy crawlies out. So get your hats, coats and wellies on and head outdoors. Out in the fresh air and take a closer look at your garden. You'll soon notice it's teeming with wildlife!

Plastic Bird Feeders

Keep the birds in your garden well fed, all you need is a bottle and a few other items from around your home

Garden Bird Spotter

Spring is a very busy time for birds. They are building nests, setting up their breeding territories, choosing a mate and feeding and looking after their chicks, which your parents will tell you is not an easy task. Can you identify these birds in your garden?

Simple Bug Hotel

Making a simple Bug Hotel is the perfect project to get stuck into. This bug hotel is probably as simple and as easy as it gets - there are many prettier and cleverer bug hotels out there, but sometimes, you just have to make do with what you have.

Rock Bugs

Turn your very own pet rock into a ladybird or bumble bee.

Back Garden Scavenger Hunt

Let's get outside in to the fresh air and go on a scavenger hunt. How many of these common garden features can you find?

Make a Wormery

Find out how the worms in your garden can be used for composting

Make a Garden Pond

Did you know you can create a small pond out of something like an old washing up bowl? Once created it won't take very long for wildlife to start moving in.

How to Make Diasy Chains

Before the lawn gets cut, spend some time outdoors and see if you can make some nice patterns with daisies

How to Make Mud Pies

Very messy, but very good fun. Have a go at squelching mud in between your fingers and create something a little bit different

How to Regrow Veg

Many of the vegetables that we buy from the supermarket can be regrown and reused at home.

Fruit and Vegetable Carving

Bring some fun into eating fruit and veg, by creating a masterpiece.

How to Make Corn Letters

Fast growing fun in making corn letters or patterns

How to Make a Mini-Milk Greenhouse

Create your own mini-greenhouse and help your seeds to grow before placing them outside

How to Make Grass Markings

Put your marks in the grass to create some unusual designs!

How to Make a Tin Can Garden

Create your own mini garden from recycled materials, and don't forget to keep watering it!