Theatre for the Family - Activities To Try At Home
Looking for something to keep your children entertained or support their learning at home? Stay connected with Derby Theatre and have a go at the activities below, all themed to our family friendly productions, then share your creations with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
We'll be updating the page regularly - including activities from our partners and friends - so check back soon for more!
Aladdin - Three Wishes Drawing Competition
You could win tickets to our next festive family show, Aladdin.
To enter, your children should take part in our home school art class by drawing the three things they would wish for if they had Aladdin’s magic lamp.
We've extended the deadline until Friday 31 July - plenty of time to complete your drawings!
Don’t forget to choose your wishes carefully, you only get three. We can’t wait to see them!
Creative Exercises and Drama Games
Derby Theatre's Young Artist and Participation Producer Sam George talks us through some tongue twisters to try at home. A creative exercise used by many actors to warm up their voices and improve their diction. Grab the family and give it a go!
How To Make A Newspaper Puppet
Check back soon for more.
Drama Games - COMING SOON
Need some inspiration for games to play as a family? Check back soon for instructions on some popular drama games we play during our youth theatre sessions.
Create Your Own Pirate Names
Ahoy, maties! Treasure Island may sadly have been cancelled but we're determined to make the ship sail again.
Join Long John Silver's crew and help us prepare by creating and commenting with your very own pirate names!
Hansel & Gretel - Home Sweet Home Sing-a-long
Stay Home... Home Sweet Home. Sing-a-long with the Hansel & Gretel cast in this throwback song rehearsal video. Turn on captions to learn the lyrics!
The fan favourite song, Home Sweet Home, is one of many earworms by the Composer and Sound Designer of our festive productions, Ivan Stott.
Activity and Puzzle Sheets
Download and print these themed activity sheets from our family productions for fun puzzles to solve, pictures to colour and more!
The Jungle Book - Fingerspelling & BSL Sign Names
In Easter 2019, The Jungle Book was Derby Theatre's first in-house production with integrated British Sign Language and Captioning. Learn the BSL fingerspelling alphabet and find out more about sign names using the resources below.
DOWNLOAD - Fingerspelling Wordsearch and Activity Selection
(Wordsearch requires fingerspelling alphabet below)
Try the Sign Language Forum's BSL Fingerspelling Challenge
WATCH The Jungle Book cast show us their sign names and have a go at creating your own. Download and read this sheet for more information on sign names.
For more content in BSL, check out the great videos from BSL Storytime.
The Stay Home Superheroes is designed to encourage children to understand the coronavirus pandemic.
Told in British Sign Language by Deaf Performers with English subtitles. Written by Sophie's Stories.
Fact Files To Read
Ever wanted to be a pirate? Read our fun facts about what life was really like when saling the seven seas!
The Jungle Book features animals native to India, where author Rudyard Kipling set his story. In the magical world of his book, these animals can talk, but what do you know about the real-life creatures they’re based on? Take a look at some of the fascinating facts behind the characters.
Send A Letter In A Bottle To Peter Pan
Write a letter to Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up, and ask him about his adventures in Neverland. Here's Peter answering some of the questions children have already sent him...
Little Red Riding Hood - Care Packages for Family Members and Friends
In Little Red Riding Hood, Little Red delivers cake and wine in a basket to cheer her Grandma up.
We all might not be able to see family members and friends at the moment but your children could show they are thinking of them and draw a picture of the 'care package' they would give to them, with all their favourite things, if they could.
Goldilocks and The Three Bears - Recycling Craft Activities
In our production, the Three Bears house was made up of entirely recycled materials. Why not have a go at making something creative with your children using only recycled and upcycled items from around your home? Check out this site for 75 recycled art projects for kids
'Home.' Can you write on this theme in up to 50 words? Derby Book Festival are looking for stories of up to fifty words.
You can interpret the theme of ‘Home’ in any way you wish, but your work must be original, and it must tell a complete story. You can enter as many stories as you can write!
There are three age categories: 11 years and under, 12 – 17 year and 18 years and over. Find out more
Have a go at music, sport and art ideas for all ages!
Fancy getting some fresh air whilst also developing your creative skills?
Have a go at this Digital Garden Activity – experiment with digital image editing to create snippets of the natural environment.