Challenge Tuesdays

Welcome to Challenge Tuesday! We thought you might be looking for something to do with your time at home over the next few weeks. We will be posting a new challenge or activity for you to have a go at every Tuesday. Each of these activities will result in you creating something that you can add to your very own memory box!

Click the images to view each challenge, or download them as PDFs.

Week 1 — Create Your Box

  • Before you can add to your memory box you will need to make one. That is your very first challenge.
  • Have a look around your home for an old shoebox, cardboard box or some kind of container that you can use to add all your items to.
  • Decorate your box however you like. Don’t forget to share photos with us on social media.

Week 2 — All About Me

We hope you had fun creating a box for your time capsule. When you look back at this box in the future it will be really fun to see what you were like at the time. We have created this sheet to give you some ideas of what you could include in your about me fact file.

My name is…
Today’s date is…
I am … years old
I stand …….. tall
My friends are…
I live with…
Today I am feeling…
My favourite things:

  • Place
  • TV show
  • Food
  • Song
  • Book
  • Toy
  • Film
  • Colour
  • Animal

Don’t forget to add a photograph of yourself!

Now have a go at collecting old magazines, newspapers and craft supplies and make a collage with things that you find that represent you and what you like. Take a picture and post it on the comments on our Facebook page.

Week 3 — Newspaper Hockey

You will need: 2+ players, newspaper, sticky tape, goal markers

  • Grab yourself a newspaper. If it is a recent newspaper, make sure no one needs it anymore. Before starting step two, why don’t you save a newspaper article to put in your memory box?
  • Roll your newspaper into tubes and curve it into a hockey stick shape. Secure it with sticky tape. Remember to make one for each player.
  • Using more of the newspaper, make a ball about the size of an apple and it secure with tape.
  • Clear a space to play a game of newspaper hockey (make sure to put breakable items away).
  • Set up two goals at either side of the playing space.
  • Play a game of indoor hockey! Use your newspaper hockey stick to hit the ball into the other team’s goal.

The winner is the person or team that is the first to score 10 goals.

Week 4 — Scavenger Hunt

You have 30 minutes to find the items on this list around your home…

  • Something that start with the first letter of your name
  • Something blue
  • Something with an animal on it
  • Something you would use to help you see in the dark
  • Something you use everyday
  • Something round
  • Something you wear when it is cold
  • Something that you like to read
  • Something that you can put in your memory box

Now you have found all these items, you can use them to make your very own living room museum. Find out how to create your museum here! Once you’ve done, send us a photo of your museum to [email protected].

Week 5 – Mummify an Orange

You will need:

  • An orange
  • Salt
  • Bicarbonate soda
  • Small bandage roll
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Knife
  • Teaspoon
  • Cup
  • Paper Towel

Warning – Before using a knife, make sure you ask an adult first or get them to help you.

  • Slice the top of the orange
  • Squeeze excess juice into a cup
  • Scoop the insides of the orange into the cup with a teaspoon
  • Place a paper towel inside the orange, to dry it out, for about 5 minutes
  • Remove the paper towel
  • Sprinkle about half a teaspoon of cinnamon inside the orange
  • Pour the salt and bicarbonate soda into the orange until it is full
  • Wrap the orange with a bandage. Start by wrapping across the cut you made earlier. Try to wrap it as tightly as you can
  • Keep the orange in a cold dark place for around a month and you will have a mummified orange

If you want to learn more about the Ancient Egyptians and mummification, download our activity booklet.

Week 6 – Family Handprints

It’s time to get hands on and create some family artwork. This can be as messy as you want!

You can try drawing round your hands and creating artwork out of paper handprints.
You could give sewing a try. Have a go at drawing round your hands and sewing round the outline.
Get creative with paint handprints. You could even get your furry family members involved with this one.

If you want to get really messy, why not have a go at making salt dough handprints? To make the salt dough, you will need:

  • 250g flour
  • 125g table salt
  • 125ml water

What you need to do:

  •  Preheat the oven to its lowest setting and line a tray with baking paper.
  • Mix the flour and salt dough together in a large bowl.
  • Shape the salt dough how you want it and make your handprints.
  • Bake in the oven for 3 hours. Once fully cooled you will be able to paint your design.

Week 7 – Rainbow Nature Walk

Next time you go out on a walk have a go at collecting something that is each colour of the rainbow

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Indigo
  • Violet

Remember to make sure that you follow social distancing rules. Do not eat anything that you find in nature. Don’t touch your face and wash your hands as soon as you get home.

Week 8 – Obstacle Course

Roman soldiers were very well trained. They had to do lots of drill sessions to keep them fit and ready for action.

Using items that you find around the house and in the garden have a go at building an obstacle course and become fit and strong like a Roman.

Don’t forget to time yourself and share a picture and your fastest time in the Facebook comments.

Week 9 – Pet Rock

It is time for you to make a small, or big, pet rock to guard your memory box.

You could decorate your rock to look like a real animal such as your pet.

You could make your rock look like a monster.

You could use shiny paint, dull paint.

You could decorate your rock without any paint and just add items like wool, wobbly eyes and glitter.

You could make your rock look like a creepy crawly or you could even make your pet rock look like a plant.

Remember, when you are out don’t touch your face and wash your hands as soon as you get home.

Week 10 – Thank-you Letter

Have a go at writing a thank-you letter to someone you love. It could be to your Dad as a Father’s day gift, or maybe a relative you haven’t seen during lockdown and you miss them. Use this time to think of all the wonderful things that they do for you and let them know.

Once you have finished your letter have a go at making an envelope. Watch this video to find out how:

If you are feeling really creative why don’t you design your own stamp for your envelope?

Remember that if you are sending the letter in the post then you need to attach a real stamp in the top right corner of the envelope.

Week 11 – Tallest Tower

Build a tower as tall as you can.

Use your imagination. Can you use four different materials?

Here is a list of ideas of items that you could use to build your tower:

  • Spaghetti
  • Marshmallows
  • Cotton bobbins
  • Wool
  • Plastic cups
  • Lego
  • Building blocks
  • Cardboard tube
  • Tin cans
  • Sticky Tape
  • Straws
  • Blue Tack
  • Playing cards
  • Buttons
  • Cocktail sticks
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Plastic cups

Can you build your tower bigger than the tallest person in your house?
How tall are they?
How tall was your tower?
What did you use to make your tower?

Don’t forget to take a photograph to put in your memory box

Week 12 – Matchbox Game

How many different items can you fit into a matchbox altogether?

Using an old, empty matchbox see how many items you can fit into the box at the same time.

A young girl in America was able to fit 120 things into one matchbox! Can you beat her?

How many items could you fit in your box?

Take a photo and share your results with us on Facebook.

Warning – Do not play with matches, they could start a fire.

Week 13 – Coat of Arms

A coat of arms is a design painted on a shield that is unique to your family. Different members of the Royal family even have a coat of arms that are specifically for them. When Queen Victoria visited Doncaster in 1851, she enjoyed Parkinson’s Butterscotch that much she gave it her seal of approval and they were allowed to the Royal coat of arms on their products.

Have a go at creating your own coat of arms using our template

What would you give your seal of approval to? Let us know.

Week 14 – Treasure Map

Ahoy there!

This week we challenge you to create your own treasure map. It could be a map of your garden, your house or a journey to a special place like the park, school or shops.

Maybe you could hide some hidden treasure and get someone else to find it using your map.

Remember X marks the spot.

If you want to help Pirate Pat find his treasure download the PDF to find his treasure map.

Top Tips

  • Take notes about each object so you will remember when you look back.
  • Take photographs of you doing the challenges.
  • Keep a record of any special occasions you celebrate during this time.
  • Keep a journal, maybe write about how you are feeling or activities you have done each day or week.

Week 15 – Make a Boat

Grab those recyclables. It is time to make a boat that floats.

Some resources we suggest you collect to make you boat are:

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Plastic bottles
  • Craft foam
  • String
  • Card
  • Coloured paper
  • Cocktail sticks
  • Corks
  • Rubber bands
  • Egg cartons
  • Paper plates

Use what you can find in your home to create the best boat you can. Be as creative as you want.

Challenge – Use your bath or a paddling pool, even a sink to test your boat. Does your boat float? Use a timer to see how long it floats for

Warning – Stay safe near water. Only rest your boat with adult supervision.

Mayflower 400 – Did you know?

The Mayflower set sail on 16 September 162- from Plymouth, UK on a voyage to America.

William Bradford from Austerfield, Doncaster was one of the passengers aboard. Bradford went on to become Governor of the Plymouth Colony in America, serving for more than 30 years

If you want to learn more about the Mayflower download our activity booklet here.

Week 16 – Yorkshire Rose

Below is a downloadable template for you to have a go at making a Yorkshire rose

For this craft you will need:

Picture of items required for craft
  • big paper plate
  • small paper plate
  • black felt tip
  • green felt tip
  • yellow felt tip
  • scissors
  • glue

Step 1 – Cut out the big petal template and drawer around it on your big paper plate.
Step 2 – Cut out the big leaf and draw in between each petal in green and colour them in.
Step 3 – Cut out around the outline on the plate.
Step 4 – Cut out the small petal template and drawer around it on your small plate.
Step 5 – Cut out the small leaf and draw in between each petal in green and colour them in.
Step 6 – Cut out around the outline on the plate.
Step 7 – Cut out the petal template and draw around it on the centre of your plate using the yellow felt tip and colour it in.
Step 8 – Glue the little plate to the big plate and draw on the detail with the black felt tip

Yorkshire rose paper plate craft
A finished rose!