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Crafts and cookery inspired by our collections
April 2, 2021 - April 18, 2021


April 2, 2021
April 18, 2021
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Basket sitting on grass filled with colourfully wrapped Easter eggs

Get creative at home with Easter fun inspired by The MERL and the University of Reading Special Collections from 2 – 18 April

Cook up a storm in the kitchen with seasonal recipes, get stuck into our craft-along videos and sit back and relax with our rural life colouring in sheets.

Craft-along videos

We hope you enjoy our springtime inspired activity videos – remember that you can pause the video at any point you like!

Newspaper pots

To make these plant pots you will need: a jar, newspaper, compost and seeds.

Wax resist paintings

For this activity you will need: watercolours, a paintbrush, white card or paper, a wax crayon or candle.

Easter baskets

For the basket activity you will need: wool, felt or card, a basket template (download and print), tape, glue, scissors, a hole punch (younger children should use scissors and the hole punch with adult supervision).

Simple pdf downloads

Single mobile hanging in a tree

Cookery Calendar Recipes

Click on the links below for some delicious recipes from our archives.

We would love to see what you make, why not share your creations with us? Feel free to post them to us on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Artist Workshop (bookable online event)

On 9 April during the Easter holidays we are also running an Online Family Workshop with 51 Voices artist Adam Stead. Please follow the link to find out more. Places are limited so booking is essential.