Summer afternoon activity ideas

Keep your EYFS and primary classes busy on the run-up to the summer holidays with this collection of art, DT, music and drama lesson ideas

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One-off creative lesson ideas to inspire budding artists, designers and musicians in the last few weeks of term

Feeling like you haven’t spent enough time on foundation subjects this year? Hunting for activities to fill afternoons in a more imaginative way? Wanting to make the end of term as memorable as possible? Then, look no further than this collection of tried-and-tested lessons!

From messy art projects to confidence-building drama tasks, we’ve hand-picked the very best ideas to spark creativity and keep your EYFS and primary classes engaged right up until that final bell. 

Art resources

You're spoilt for choice with this collection of 101 creative lessons*, including such activities as drawing with salt, creating a comic strip and foot art.

Alternatively, learners of any age are guaranteed to enjoy rolling up their sleeves and getting stuck in with one of these animal-themed art projects. Perfect for the end of a minibeasts topic, this step-by-step guide gets pupils designing and making a snail out of clay. Or, task them with recylcing an old pair of socks into a fish as part of this seaside-themed craft project.

DT resources

Turn a piece of felt, some buttons and a stretch of thread into a friendly puppet pal for young pupils to take home using this detailed presentation as a starting point. Or, why not challenge older students to design, make and test a fan boat? This extensive resource pack* contains all the guidance you need to deliver a hands-on, team-building afternoon session.

Head to the kitchen and create a range of yummy meals with these visual recipe cards, which break down the cooking process into bitesize chunks. You could even use the pupils’ creations as the basis of a summer picnic or end-of-year party!

Music and drama resources

This pirate-themed role play pack* is ideal for sparking imaginative conversations amongst young learners, encouraging them to develop their speaking and listening skills while having fun. 

Finally, let your class make meaningful noise with a range of musical instruments as they work through these challenge cards.

Quick links

Art resources DT resources Music and drama resources
101 lesson ideas* Puppet presentation Pirate role play pack*
Clay snail guide Fan boat resource pack*  
Sock fish craft Visual recipe cards Instrument challenge cards

*This resource is being sold by its author

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