With Covid-19 lockdown continuing across many countries, we decided to look at what projects some of the most interesting design brands have put out to get children creative!
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
The luxury brand is calling on aspiring house-bound designers, up to the age of 16, to design their dream Rolls-Royce of the future.
Aspiring designers can enter their creative version of a bespoke Rolls-Royce design – each a unique expression of the owner’s personality, much like the real thing.
The marque’s designers will judge all entries and select an overall winner who will receive a concept render of their design by one of Rolls-Royce Motor’s Bespoke Design visualisation team based in Goodwood, UK.
“We welcome multiple entries (one design per submission) and hope this provides a distraction from self-isolation and social-distancing measures being adopted by many countries around the world,” said a spokesperson from Rolls-Royce Motors.
One of the world’s most revered car designers – from the Ford RS200, to the latest JLR I-Pace – Ian Callum has finally set-up his own design studio, with one of its earliest and most accessible projects being a lovely set of colouring-in sheets for all ages.
Downloadable colouring sheets can be found here, alongside lots of inspirational images of its Aston Martin Vanquish 25 project.
Our very own Art Director (and occasional massive celebrity children’s author) Rob Biddulph has created a range of draw-along videos of his charming cartoon characters.
“I realised that lots of people were going to find themselves at home with their children for several weeks/months looking for things to do,” says Biddulph.
“So I decided to post a draw-along video every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am BST that parents could watch with their kids and, hopefully, make some nice pictures.”
The James Dyson Foundation has released a series of Challenge Cards – 44 different tasks that require some thinking, planning and lots of hands-on doing.
Can you skewer a balloon without popping it? Coat a nail in copper? What happens when you plug a clock into a potato?
Granted some of these might be a bit of a push regarding the necessary resources when we’re confined to home, but the majority will have kids occupied for a good length of time.
With schools closed and tens of millions of students at home, Code.org has built one of the world’s largest live interactive classrooms, setting weekly challenges to engage students of all abilities, even those without computers.
The Computer science element creative and playful, making it fun – solving puzzles, coding art, or designing an app.
They’ve even roped-in some celebrity presenters, including Mark Cuban and Ashton Kutcher – which must rank alongside the time your teacher at school brought their dog into class.
Mister Maker Craft Box
We’d be lying if we said that the occasional deliveries to our door weren’t the most exciting thing in our lives right now – so bring a bit of that into your children’s lives every fortnight with a new Mister Maker Craft Box.
Produced in partnership with the BBC and toucanBox, each box is full of the materials needed to build projects inspired by Mister Maker and the Shapes’ TV shows.
The packages cost £5.95 plus 98p postage every two weeks, and subscriptions can be cancelled and restarted at any time. Sign-up here.