Craft & activities
Make a family tree
Be inspired by our upcoming digital installation Walking through a Songline at the Museum of Sydney and make a tree that represents your family and friends. You’ll need pipe cleaners, raffia, beads, crepe paper and feathers or make do with materials you have on hand.
Create your own Magic Lantern
This 19th century home image projection technology was first brought to Rouse Hill House from London in the 1860s, together with a collection of hand-painted story-telling and comic slides. Follow our guide below to make your own slides and slide holder.
Recycled seeded paper
In a nod to the installation Healing Land, Remembering Country by Kuku Yalanji artist Tony Albert, on display at Elizabeth Farm, kids can learn how to make recycled seeded paper using the seeds of native plants and take part in a ‘memory exchange’ activity.
Make your own wings
Create your own wings inspired by native birds - the rainbow lorrikeet and cheeky cockatoos which featured in our Virtual Family Fair.
Fairy fortune teller
Marion Mahony Griffin was enchanted by the Australian bush. She believed in hidden beings who helped to shape the natural world – fairies, gnomes, undines and sylphs. Download the instructions and template below to make your very own fortune teller!
Make your own butterfly
Download the activity sheet to make a moving butterfly puppet. You will also need pencils for colouring, scissors, metal fasteners (metal pins) and a bamboo skewer.
Paper Plane expert guides
Make your own paper plane, then launch it in a clear space! How far does it fly? Download our guides below and watch your creations take off!
Create portraits of people who lived at Rouse Hill House and discover their stories with this collage activity designed by Swedish-Australian illustrator and designer Elin Matilda.
Mini Museum Models
Make your own mini museum! Choose from six Sydney Living Museums properties. Simply download the plans, colour, cut, fold and glue.
Cluck, cluck! Download the activity sheet to make a moving chicken puppet. You will also need pencils for colouring, scissors, metal fasteners (metal pins) and a bamboo skewer.