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.

We'll be updating the page regularly - including activities, plays and stories from our partners and friends - so check back soon for more! 

Derby Libraries Rhymetimes with Derby Theatre

Derby Libraries Rhymetimes

Derby Libraries’ Rhymetimes are back in a new format. The popular nursery rhyme sessions for pre-school children and their parents and carers are back as a series of online videos, created by Derby Theatre, to watch and follow at home.

From Wind the Bobbin Up to A Sailor Went to Sea Sea Sea, and Twinkle Twinkle to Old Macdonald, babies and toddlers will love joining in with infectious rhymes, fun sounds and lively actions, performed by Ivan Stott and April Nerissa Hudson.

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Hiccup Album - Goldi, Red and Gingerbread

Enjoyed one of our recent Studio Christmas shows like Little Red Riding HoodThe Gingerbread Man and Goldilocks the Three Bears?   

Then we've got some good news! Our friends at Hiccup Theatre have released their own album full of your family favourite tunes from all three shows! Sing and dance around the room to the original songs including 'Dress Up', 'Cakes! Buns! Pies!' and 'Porridge'. 

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Sing-a-long BSL Videos

Watch these videos to accompany the songs from Goldi, Red & Gingerbread with BSL interpretation...

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Mrs Scrooge and the 12 Tiny Plays

Mrs Scrooge

Mrs Scrooge is miserable and it’s up to you cheer her up! Guided by a friendly Tree, a helpful Mouse and a very noisy Dustbin Lady can you help to bring a smile to Mrs Scrooge’s face?

Available until 6 January, for ages 4 – 9, Mrs Scrooge, written by Hannah Khalil, is a free Digital Interactive Story that gets everyone singing, making, drawing and more and all with a magical sense of theatre. Grab some paper and some pencils and come and play with Mrs Scrooge and discover what it means to make an act of kindness.

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Mrs Scrooge Title Page

Mrs Scrooge is produced by Sarah Gain Productions in association with Fly High Stories 12 Tiny Plays.

12 Tiny Plays 

Enjoyed Mrs Scrooge? You can have a go yourself! Follow the button below to head to Fly High Stories and sign up for free to explore the script of Mrs Scrooge and get access to 24 other theatrical activities!

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Jamboree: The Sensory Sessions by Oily Cart 

Get interactive and creative with the sensory moments of Oily Cart's show Jamboree.

Split into 3 sessions - Making Shadows, Colours and Movement, and Making Noise! the experience can be explored individually or all at once!

Jamboree: The Sensory Sessions was made in collaboration with families during lockdown, and is designed to be explored from home and other settings.

Watch on YouTube

Looking for more? Join Oily Cart's Facebook group made for families with a young person who relates to the world in a sensory way. The group contains sensory activities, links to resources and organisations that might be useful at this time and much more.

The Quest - Interactive Audio Plays by What's Coming Out Of The Box

The Quest - Interactive Audio Plays for Families

Ever wanted to go to the moon, become a spy or an inventor? Then join the screen-free fun. Using everyday props, The Quest is an imaginative audio play that offers you a chance to join in with activities to become part of the story.

Each 10 minute episode looks at the life of a real character and their adventure. It is a great way to become immersed in a story and experience a sense of travel from home.

This original story was written especially for 5 to 10 year olds and their family.

Episode 1: Katherine Johnson

Episode 2: Nikola Tesla

Episode 3: Noor Inyat Khan

The Emperor's New Clothes - Fly High Stories

You can create multiple different versions of Fly High Stories' giggle-fest of a play to suit every member of your family. Get ready for some silliness and some bottoms!

Before you settle down to watch The Emperor’s New Clothes grab a piece of paper and a pencil - this short film requires some interaction and, we guarantee, is well worth it! Click the little bars in the box to turn the volume up and for captioning, just click CC... Enjoy!

If you've enjoyed watching, please consider donating to support the theatre industry. All funds go to supporting artists who are currently unemployed due to coronavirus and the closure of theatres. Find out more

Step by Step - Signing 'A Sailorin We'll Go from Treasure Island

Join in and have a go! The cast and community company from our BSL integrated production of Treasure Island got back together to sing and sign the chorus of A Sailorin’ We’ll Go from the show.

Raffie Julien (who would have played Mrs H) shows us step by step so everyone can join in.

A Sailorin We'll Go is written by Composer and Sound Designer Ivan Stott.

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#Reimagine2020 Family Creatives - Tutorial Video and Masterclasses

As part of #Reimagine2020, get involved in Family Creatives a fantastic FREE online project, perfect for all ages, from home as a family!

Week-by-week professional artists will guide you in free online videos and mini-Masterclasses, as yo build your very own puppet theatre and film a one-of-a-kind music video to share with the world.

Aladdin - Three Wishes Drawing Competition

You could win tickets to our 2021 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.

You can download and print our template or use plain paper. Once finished, take a picture of the work and send it to us by emailing or sharing on on our Facebook page.

Don’t forget to choose your wishes carefully, you only get three. We can’t wait to see them!

Aladdin activity sheet

Creative Exercises and Drama Games

Tongue Twisters

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

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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.

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

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! 

Hansel & Gretel - Puzzle Selection

Hansel & Gretel - Confusing Confectionary Anagram Puzzle

Hansel & Gretel - How To Bake Your Own Gingerbread House

Peter Pan - Puzzle Selection

Peter Pan - Awful Acroustics Puzzle


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 Alphabet & Create Your Own BSL Sign Name

DOWNLOAD - Fingerspelling Wordsearch and Activity Selection 
(Wordsearch requires fingerspelling alphabet below)

Try the Sign Language Forum's BSL Fingerspelling Challenge

BSL Fingerspelling Alphabet

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. 

BSL Storytime

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

Treasure Island - A Pirate's Life For Me

Ever wanted to be a pirate? Read our fun facts about what life was really like when saling the seven seas!

The Jungle Book - Animal Fact File

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

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 - Recycling

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

Derby Book Festival - Flash Fiction Writing Competition

Derby Book Festival - Discover Derby

'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


This Is Derby - Isolation Actvities

Check out these different creative and sport activities from our This Is Derby partners to keep you busy during isolation.

Have a go at music, sport and art ideas for all ages!

Wellbeing - Digital Garden Activity

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.


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