The Victorians loved decorating 'penny plains' – souvenir images of famous actors or heroes. Try it yourself using felt tips and colouring pencils – or embellish your pictures with sequins and glitter!
Dockers loved to tell stories! See if you can tell a tale like a docker with this storytelling game. Place lots of different items into a large bag, then close your eyes and pull out five at random. See if you can tell a tale where you mention every single item.
This silk dress was worn by Ann Fanshawe, daughter of the Lord Mayor in 1753. Can you imagine wearing something like this? Pop on your favourite clothes, strike a pose and take a photo to show us. Bonus activity: look for old family photos! What are people wearing?
Try these quick-fire London challenges!
1. Pose like a famous London Building
2. Name as many London Tube stations you can in 30 seconds
3. Climb aboard an invisible boat and imagine journeying down the River Thames
Get the sailor look in a few easy steps: 1.Find something stripey, like a t-shirt. 2.Use a scarf or a piece of fabric to make a neckerchief. 3. Make a spy glass (try an empty toilet roll). Be sure to send us a photo of your final looks! #MuseumofFundon
People throughout time have used banners and posters to protest, campaign and show their messages to the world. What would you like to tell the world right now? Create your own banner and display it in your window at home.
Spices arrived at the Docklands from all over the world. Fancy a spicy guessing game? Close your eyes, ask another player to hand you spices found at home, give them a sniff then guess what they are. Who can guess the most correctly?
Build a Bridge
Did you know there are over 30 bridges that cross the River Thames? How many can you name? See if you can create your own bridge using paper, recycled materials, or building blocks that you can find at home. Share photos of your completed bridges with us! #MuseumofFundon
Draw your own Frost Fair
Can you imagine the River Thames freezing over? Back in the 1800s it sometimes did, and Londoners would hold Frost Fairs – markets full of games, food and ice skating. Have a go at drawing your own Frost Fair. What would you have done on the ice?
Spice up your life
Sailors would bring interesting spices from all over the world to the London docks. Do you have a favourite spice?Mix some spices or herbs together at home to create a brand new smell.
Build it higher... and higher!
Try the wartime principle of ‘make do and mend’ by recycling old cardboard boxes into a brand new creation! Who can build the tallest tower orrecreate a famous London building?
Archaeologists dig into the ground to discover more about the past. Create your own dig box at home by hiding different objects in sand or shredded newspaper for your family to uncover. Do you like digging?