Lockdown Creative

It’s natural to be worried or anxious during this difficult and uncertain time. It’s likely other people are feeling the same emotions. The impact of COVID-19 is touching all of our lives. 

Last year, Artist in Resident Louise Underwood, worked with us and groups of carers over a period of months to create beautiful artwork. Many carers expressed that being involved in creating artwork had a positive affect on their wellbeing. 

There is a huge amount of evidence to suggest that arts and creative activities have health benefits for everyone. Therefore, during these uncertain and challenging times, Louise will be sharing creative activities for carers to try at home. Louise, explains, Lockdown Creative is something anyone and everyone can get involved with…   

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Activity One: Radiant Rainbow

What does the rainbow symbolise?

Activity Two: Lockdown Limericks

Can you remember any funny limericks from your childhood? Or, can you come up with any of your own limericks?… The format for a limerick is that there are five lines of verse in total. The 1st, 2nd and 5th lines rhyme with each other, and then the 3rd and 4th lines rhyme with each other. Louise has come up with a couple of examples of her own, and I think you’d agree that they’re great! 

Activity Three: Acrostic Poems

An Acrostic poem is one where letters in each line form a word when read vertically. To create an acrostic poem, you need to think of a word you would like to ‘illustrate’ with your poem, for example care, love, thankful – it can be absolutely anything! Then, write the letters of the word vertically down a page. Start each line of the poem with a word beginning with that letter. An alternative way to write an acrostic poem is to ‘run’ the word more centrally through the lines of the poem. 

Activity Four: Origami Hearts

How about making a caring heart which you can use as a bookmark, dangle from a window latch or add a message and send to a friend. You don’t need special origami paper to make it, but it helps if there are different colours or patterns on both sides of the paper. You could even use pages from magazines – one side with pictures, and another side with writing, the different contrast helps with understanding which side you are working on at a time. Cut your paper to 6 inches or 15 cm square – the essential thing is that the paper is square. Here’s a free to use downloadable instruction sheet and how-to video.

Activity Five: How to Make a Noughts and Crosses Set

Enjoy a game of Noughts and Crosses! Download step-by-step instructions below How to Make a Noughts and Crosses Set. See finished example.

Activity Six: Sock Friends

Have fun creating Kitty Sock Friends and Owl Sock Friends with Louise’s step-by-step instructions. Enjoy experimenting with different patterned or plain socks and button sizes, and if you really feel inspired, check out the internet for other ideas for Sock Friends.