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COAM Craft Ideas for the Easter Holidays Part 2

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In this final installment of family learning resources, we’re providing you with some fun Springtime inspired craft ideas to try during the Easter Holidays. Download the resource below to find out more about the crafts and how to make them. 

Download: COAM Craft Ideas for the Easter Holidays Part 2

A big thank you goes to our wonderful Terrific Tuesday volunteers for providing the craft ideas for this instalment. Our Terrific Tuesday events are always planned with our volunteers’ help and support and we all hope that we’ll be able to welcome you back on site for more fun at some point this year.

We hope you have enjoyed this series of family and home learning resources. Did you miss any? You can find a complete list of the resources here: https://coam.org.uk/learning/home-learning-resources/. If you did enjoy these resources or if you have any comments or ideas for future resources please do let us know as this helps us to develop new ideas with you in mind. We are currently working on planning safe onsite Terrific Tuesday event days for May half term and the Summer Holidays. We hope to see you then, so long as COVID guidance allows us! Make sure to keep an eye out on social media and the website for more information when it becomes available.

 


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COAM Craft Ideas for the Easter Holidays Part 1

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Flower Easter craft

For our second to last installment in this series of family learning resources, we’re providing you with some fun Springtime inspired craft ideas to try during the Easter Holidays. Download the resource below to find out more about the crafts and how to make them.

Download COAM Craft Ideas for the Easter Holidays Part 1

Easter craft bookmark

A big thank you goes to our wonderful Terrific Tuesday volunteers for providing the craft ideas for this resource. Our Terrific Tuesday events are always planned with our volunteers’ help and support and we all hope that we’ll be able to welcome you back on site for more fun at some point this year.

We hope you enjoy this week’s craft ideas. Make sure you come back next week for our final resource in this series of home learning resources where you’ll find more fun springtime inspired craft ideas to make at home.

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Learning Resource: Meals inspired by our Buildings

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Iron Age Meal

Here at COAM we have buildings from all different time periods. From our reconstructed Iron Age Roundhouse to our 1940s Prefab. Each building represents how people lived their everyday lives in that period and all of our buildings that housed people have some form of a kitchen or place to cook food. This week, we thought we’d give you a taste of what families who lived in our buildings might have eaten. In this resource there are two recipes, one inspired by our Iron Age Roundhouse and one inspired by our Leagrave Cottages. We hope you enjoy having a go at making these recipes!

Download the Meals inspired by our Buildings Learning Resource

Leagrave Soup

Next time: On each Tuesday of the Buckinghamshire Easter Holidays (6th and 13th April 2021) we will be publishing our final resources of this home learning series. Both resource packs will include a few different spring and Easter inspired crafts for you to do at home. Check back next week to find out more!

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Learning Resource: Signs of Spring

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Spring is definitely arriving on our site and around our local areas and there are plenty of ways to spot this! As the weather improves and we slowly ease out of lockdown, spending some time outside is great for your mental and physical health but remember to stay safe and follow the Government guidelines. Follow this guide and over the next few weeks, when you go out for a springtime walk, keep an eye out for some of the plants and shrubs listed. What can you spot?

View our Signs of Spring learning resource

Children may be back in classrooms however we will continue to release fun resources and activities for all the family to get involved in and enjoy together every Tuesday until the end of the Easter Holidays. Brought to you by the Learning team behind our popular ‘Terrific Tuesday’ events, these resources will be a perfect way to learn new information about the natural world around us, develop new skills and stay connected to the Museum until we reopen in late March.

Be sure to check back next week for more home learning fun.

Spring flowers

 

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Learning resource – the gardens at COAM

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Chiltern Open Air Museum allotment

With the start of spring just around the corner we thought there was no better time to tell you all about the different gardens we have here at COAM and the hard work of our wonderful gardening volunteers to keep them looking great for our visitors. In our eighth installment of home learning resources you can discover the planning that goes into each garden and how we use the spaces we have available to show different time periods. Discover what a ‘day in the life’ of one of our volunteer gardeners is like and how the gardens need attention throughout the year. Finally, have a go at designing your own garden or outdoor space!

Download Our Gardens at COAM home learning resource.

Astleham garden at Chiltern Open Air Museum

Children may be back in classrooms however we will continue to release fun resources and activities for all the family to get involved in and enjoy together every Tuesday until the end of the Easter Holidays. Brought to you by the Learning team behind our popular ‘Terrific Tuesday’ events, these resources will be a perfect way to learn new information about the natural world around us, develop new skills and stay connected to the Museum until we reopen in late March.

Be sure to check back next week for more home learning fun.

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STEM at COAM: How do we build our buildings?

This week (5th – 14th March 2021) is British Science Week and to celebrate the different areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) we’ve been exploring what materials and methods we use to construct the buildings we have onsite. For our seventh installment of home learning resources, discover lots about the different materials we use to rebuild the buildings onsite as well as the methods used to put them back up. See if you can spot any of these materials or methods on buildings around your local area! Can you spot any really interesting buildings, old or new?

Download the resource How do we build a building

How do we build a building family learning resource

Children may be back in classrooms however we will continue to release fun resources and activities for all the family to get involved in and enjoy together every Tuesday until the end of the Easter Holidays. Brought to you by the Learning team behind our popular ‘Terrific Tuesday’ events, these resources will be a perfect way to learn new information about the natural world around us, develop new skills and stay connected to the Museum until we reopen in late March.

Be sure to check back next week for more home learning fun.

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World Book Day with Vix J Cooper

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This week’s World Book Day family learning resource is brought to you from author Vix J Cooper whose books Crazy Pets and Secrets Revealed and Fin and the Red Deer are inspired by COAM.

Vix has taken inspiration from the animals and nature around our Museum site to create her stories, characters and plots.

Crazy Pets and Secrets Revealed Book Cover

From Vix J Cooper

Chiltern Open Air Museum has given my family pleasure for years even before I became a children’s author. Its countryside and farm animals and buildings with snippets about past inhabitants are a treasure chest.

As a farm volunteer, walking the goats (or them walking me!), cow Clementine’s reactions to me singing as I groom her and working at the top of the threshing machine, such as for BBC Countryfile’s harvest episode, are just a few of the things that have inspired my story writing.

Getting on my hands and knees to consider what an animal may see, and feeling the strength needed to squeeze water from washing with a mangle as a school workshop leader, helped shape some descriptive detail in my book Crazy Pets and Secrets Revealed.

Studying birds and deer in the woods, and butterflies in the meadow and gardens, plus the thatched buildings, gave me scenery and character ideas for picture book Fin and the Red Deer. Observing generations of grandmothers, mothers and younger sheep interacting helped inspire my new book Who Did This?

Even if a particular subject such as history doesn’t appeal to someone, the museum offers such variety there’s something for most. Not surprisingly, I recommend the museum for writers and artists of all ages; or to anyone because it’s a special place.

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Mad about Mud: An Intro to tracking

Bird tracks in the snow

It’s another wet winter and it seems that all the woodland pathways and fields around the museum have turned into a mud bath! For our fifth installment of home learning resources you can find out how you can use all of this mud to your advantage! Discover lots about tracking and identifying animals including tips on how to track prints, information about the different animal prints we find around our museum as well as another way besides prints that we can find out what animals have been on our site!

Download our Mad about Mud Resource

Foot print in mud

Every Tuesday, COAM will be releasing fun resources and activities for all the family to get involved in and enjoy together, whether they be indoors or outdoors. Brought to you by the Learning team behind our popular ‘Terrific Tuesday’ events, these resources will be a perfect way to learn new information about the natural world around us, develop new skills and stay connected to the Museum.

Be sure to check back next week for more home learning fun.

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COAM fun for February half-term

Are you feeling lost for things to do this February Half Term? For our fourth installment of family learning resources, we’re providing you with some fun activities to try during the break. Have a go at following our recipes and cooking up some pancakes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday or maybe you’d like to create a homemade bird feeder for your outside area? We have included the instructions for all that and more in the resource, download it below to find out more.

Download our February Half Term Resources

A big thank you goes to our wonderful Terrific Tuesday volunteers for providing the craft ideas and pancake recipes for this installment. Our Terrific Tuesday events are always planned with our volunteers’ help and support and we all hope that we’ll be able to welcome you back on site for more fun at some point this year.

Every Tuesday, COAM will be releasing fun resources and activities for all the family to get involved in and enjoy together, whether they be indoors or outdoors. Brought to you by the Learning team behind our popular ‘Terrific Tuesday’ events, these resources will be a perfect way to learn new information about the natural world around us, develop new skills and stay connected to the Museum.

We hope you enjoy this week’s bumper edition of resources. Be sure to check back next week for more home learning fun.

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Shrove Tuesday

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For our next installment of family learning resources, we’re getting you ready for Pancake Day! We tell you why people celebrate Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) as well as some of the traditions that took place (and even some that still remain!).

Pancakes

We give you lists of ingredients for three different pancakes so you can get prepared to make them next week when we’ll give you the full recipes. Download the resource below for all of this plus instructions to make your very own paper chef’s hat, so you can look the part whilst making your pancakes!

Download our Home Learning Resource here >> Shrove Tuesday Family Learning Resource

Every Tuesday, COAM will be releasing fun resources and activities for all the family to get involved in and enjoy together, whether they be indoors or outdoors. Brought to you by the Learning team behind our popular ‘Terrific Tuesday’ events, these resources will be a perfect way to learn new information about the natural world around us, develop new skills and stay connected to the Museum.

We hope you enjoy this week’s resource learning about Shrove Tuesday. Be sure to come back next week for a bumper set of home learning resources for February Half Term.

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