Things to Make and Do –

The world is full of interesting things to see and do. Here at Sheringham Museum we have lots of them, so we have picked a few projects for junior detectives to get started on. Our little lobster friend will show you –

Design your own beach bucket!

Have a look at these old metal beach buckets. They were made of tin and were beautifully designed. Some of them are over 70 years old.

Can you think of some good words to describe them? You can design your own beach bucket and spade, too. Your design would look very good if it had bright colours, wouldn’t it?

If you have a printer you can download and print a page with two buckets printed on it for you to draw on. You can do two designs, or you can share with a friend. If you don’t have a printer you can draw a bucket using the the picture.

Click here to download the PDF.

Make a Paper Boat

Have you ever wanted to make your own boat out of paper that can actually float down stream? Now you can! We’ll show you how to make a paper boat. Click here to watch the video to see how it’s done

If you have a printer nearby, you can open and print this diagram. Click here if you want to print the page.


Make a clever marine ‘Chatterbox’

Have some fun with out Marine Chatterbox. It has eight tricky true-or-false questions about creatures you might see along the North Norfolk coast and it’s fun to make, too.

Here are the instructions:

1. Download and print the Chatterbox (some people call it a Fortune Teller). You can download our chatterbox page by clicking here.

2. Carefully cut around the outside of the coloured panel.

3. Fold in half lengthways, unfold and fold in half again diagonally (from corner to corner).

4. Open out and turn over so the top is blank, then fold each corner into the middle.

5. Turn over and do the same thing again – fold the new corners into the middle

6. Now turn your chatterbox over so you can see the pictures, and slide your thumb and first finger behind two of the pictures, then pinch them up together.

7. Do the same thing again with your other hand and the other two pictures. All four pictures should now be on the outside, with their points touching at the top. Now you can use your chatterbox!

If you have not seen a ‘chatterbox’ before, you might need a grown-up to show you how to use it!’

Seaside Story

We can see lots of things when we visit the beach – the sea, waves, sand, pebbles, gulls, cliffs, deckchairs and much, much more. Would you like to write a story about a visit to the seaside? You can make up a story by using these words – write them in, where words are missing in the half-written story below.

If someone can print a page for you click here and print it so you can add the words.

  • First of all think of a good title so that your story has a name.
  • Then you can fill in the missing words.
  • When you have finished your story, you might like to draw the picture that the words paint in your head.

If you don’t have a printer, you can copy the story from the screen onto some paper, writing in the missing words as you go. Good writing practice!

Finger Painting

Do you like painting? Have a go at making some fantastic seaside pictures.

Just dip one finger in some watercolour paint and then carefully press it down to make a fingerprint on the paper. When it’s dry, you can decorate the finger print with a pen or a pencil and turn your fingerprint into a fantastic sea creature. Perhaps you could make a diver who is exploring the reef under the sea at Sheringham.

Here are some pictures to show you how it’s done.

Make a Flag for your Sandcastle

Making a sandcastle is fun. You can decorate your sandcastle with shells and stones and even a flag. You can watch the video on how to make a flag and then choose the flag that you want to print.

Click here to watch the ‘how to’ video

Here are the flags to choose from – just click on the one you want.

When you click on a pattern, an image will be downloaded to you for printing on an A4-sized sheet of paper (that’s the normal size). If you don’t have a printer, you can pick up one of the sheets at the museum.