Mid-term Break: Activities and ideas for kids

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Looking for something fun to do over the mid-term break? Look no further!

We've pulled together a list of some fun activities and creative content for kids and young people.


For younger children

  • Audio Tour for Kids & Families: Go on a Gallery adventure with Eoin and Ide and learn about the art and artists in the collection. Listen to the audio tour
  • Mondrian's Windmills: Use a toilet roll tube and some paper to make a windmill inspired by paintings by Piet Mondrian. Find out more
  • Creative activities: Check out our full archive of step-by-step creative activities including sensory activities for children who seek sensory input. Find out more
  • Colouring in the Collection: If you have access to a printer, download our colouring sheets featuring some favourite paintings from the collection. Find out more
  • Explore the Italian Renaissance with Cozimo: Learn about this fascinating period in art history in our short animated video. Watch video now
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    • Through a Lens: Look closely at some highlights from the collection and share your opinions with family and friends. Find out more 
    • Drawing Inspiration: Explore a selection of drawings from the collection, and follow some prompts to make your own. Find out more
    • What is a Portrait?: Thinking about entering the Zurich Young Portrait Prize this year? Start by looking at and learning about some portraits in the collection. Find out more
    • Wonder of Weeds: Step outside and discover the surprising plants that emerge from walls, cracks in pavements and the edges of gardens. Find out more
    Photo of girl holding her hands, covered in green chalk, out for the camera.
    A school tour of the Beyond Caravaggio exhibition. © National Gallery of Ireland.


    For older children and teens

    • Warmbloods Audio Tour: A darkly comedic audio tour of the Gallery from two lady-like members of Dublin’s vampire community. Suitable for ages 12+. Listen now
    • Shapes and Spatial Relations: Use your observational skills and explore spatial relations, forms and negative spaces with this drawing activity. Find out more
    • Meet the winners of the Zurich Young Portrait Prize: Watch this short video to see the winners of the 2020 competition, and maybe find inspiration to enter the competition this year (details on how to enter will be available later this spring). Watch now
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    • The Life & Work of Mondrian: A graphic-novel-style resource exploring the life and art of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. Perfect for visual learners preparing for the Leaving Certificate, but can also be enjoyed by anyone. Read more
    • Mindfulness & Art: Take a few minutes to slow down and meditate on a painting. Find out more
    • Storyboarding with Nick Roche: Acclaimed comic-book artist Nick Roche shares tips on storyboarding by examining six paintings by Spanish artist Murillo. Find out more


    For young people revising for the Leaving Cert art-history exam

    • Secondary-school resources: Explore our range of downloadable resources for students. Find out more