A Polyglot Theatre photo. A Polyglot artist showing a handmade cardboard fish to a child. They are both smiling.

Children and families are invited to create and play with Polyglot Theatre. These fun activities begin with simple making tasks using things you probably have at home, and are designed to inspire limitless play that can stretch across hours and days. Start with something like a cardboard box, let your imagination take over and you’ll go on so many adventures! 

We recommend watching the video and then gathering your materials. Remember that what we’ve included are suggestions only – you can use whatever you have available. While these activities are for all ages, some participants may need help with things like scissors.

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Photo: Theresa Harrison, courtesy of Polyglot Theatre

Paper Mache Masks

How can you transform yourself into a fantastical, imaginary character? Easy – make yourself a paper mache mask! Create and play with Maeve, Francis and Tamara, music by Lachlan MacLeod.

Suggested materials: balloons, strainer, paste or PVA glue, newspaper, knife (to pop the balloon!), aprons, paint

This video is 7.31 minutes long and contains spoken language. To access English captions, click on the Settings button (the cog) on the bottom right of the video, click on ‘Subtitles/CC (2)’ and then select ‘English’. These are the captions that we have created and are the most accurate. The ‘English (auto-generated)’ captions are generated automatically by YouTube.

A descriptive transcript of the video is available to download here:

Feathered Friends

What kinds of feathered friends can you make? Maybe a bird you see every day, or a creature you’ve dreamt up in your imagination! Create and play with Polyglot artist Briony Farrell, using materials gathered from your backyard and around your house. Featuring music by Lachlan MacLeod.

Suggested materials: string, scissors, leaves, tape, markers, cardboard box

This video is 4.44 minutes long, and while it has a soundtrack there is no spoken language. A descriptive transcript of the video is available to download here.

Kitchen Disco

What kinds of music do your kitchen utensils make? Which one will you play? Create all sorts of interesting sounds with Polyglot artist Nick Barlow.

Suggested materials: glasses, chopsticks, pots and pans, wooden spoons, aluminium foil, headphones.

This video is 2.50 minutes long, and while it has a soundtrack there is no spoken language. A descriptive transcript of the video is available to download here.

Blast Off With Briony

Delve into your recycling to construct a super-spiffy rocket ship and then blast off into outer space for intergalactic adventures! Who will you meet and what will you discover amongst the stars? Create and play with Polyglot artist Briony Farrell, music by Lachlan MacLeod.

Suggested materials: assorted cardboard boxes of varying sizes, markers, scissors, masking tape, egg cartons, plastic bottles, paper for scrunching

This video is 4.21 minutes long. The only spoken language is a recording of muffled astronaut’s voices which is incorporated into the soundtrack at various points. A descriptive transcript of the video is available to download here:

For more Polyglot at home videos, please visit the Polyglot Theatre website

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