Free Activities for Young People to do At Home

18 Mar 2020

5 mins
Young People Filmmaking (EIFF Media Days)
Young People Filmmaking (EIFF Media Days)

As the coronavirus/COVID-19 situation continues around the world, we realise that many schools, teachers and parents will be gearing up for imminent school closures. We recognise that this prospect poses many difficult challenges for schools and educators, not to mention parents who will be seeking ways to keep their children meaningfully occupied outside of school time.

To provide help with these issues, we are making a number of our member-facing activities freely available to all. These activities provide help for teachers and parents by offering simple, easy and useful activities that young people can complete unaided. We will continue to provide online learning options for young people of all ages in the coming weeks, so be sure to keep checking back.

Our activities will support children, young people and their families to gain a fun, educational benefit from film watching, as well as helping them consider the many varied careers within the film industry. Download these free activities further down this page.

Review Writing for Literacy

These activities include our review writing guides, which can help young people apply their film knowledge, critical thinking and literacy skills to any film, providing a valuable - and entertaining - means of honing their English and writing skills during any potential school closures. What's more, all reviews submitted via our website will be entered into our Review of the Week competition, with great prizes to be won. 

Note: Only those young people who are members of an Into Film Club will be able to post reviews on our website and have any winning work featured on our Review of the Week page.

For those young people that aren't a member of an Into Film Club, we're running a new Review 100 competition on our social media channels. Encourage young people to write a review of any film they watch in 100 words or less. Simply send us a photo of their review on Twitter or Facebook and include the author's age, and the winner will receive a £20 Amazon voucher. A winner will be awarded every two weeks - just remember to tag us in each post and use the hashtag #Review100.

Note: Entries can only be submitted by parents, carers, guardians or educators on behalf of young people.

Further Activities 

As well as review writing, our activities also support filmmaking - which can be done with minimal equipment, even on a mobile phone or tablet - and our ongoing Film of the Month competition offers the perfect way for young people to keep busy with a practical project that can be completed within the home and enhances various skills including organisation, planning and creative thinking.

In addition, you might also consider supporting children to enter Big Dreams of Screen, a new competition we're running with Puffin, to help mark their 80th birthday. We're encouraging young people to use their imaginations and storyboarding skills to have a chance of getting their idea transformed into a film. 

You can also encourage young people to check out our YouTube channel Get Into Film, where our reporters interviewing actors and filmmakers from the all the latest film releases, and sharing their views on the world of film.

Primary Age Activities

The below resources are suitable for those of a Primary school age. Some resources are available in the Welsh language.

Which Career Are You? (7 - 11)

Ages: 7 - 11
Type of Activity: Quizzes

A fun multiple-choice quiz to help match your skills and personality to interesting film careers.

Which Film Career Are You? (7-11)
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Which Film Career Are You? (7-11)

A short quiz to find out which film career would best suit you.

Size: 69kb

Review Writing Frame

Ages: 7 - 16
Type of Activity: Creative, Film watching

Do you want to improve your review writing? Use this template to organise your ideas and get creative.

Review Writing Frame
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Review Writing Frame

Create fantastic reviews and improve your writing skills with our template.

Size: 200kb

Welsh - Ffrâm Ysgrifennu Adolygiad
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Welsh - Ffrâm Ysgrifennu Adolygiad

Ffrâm Ysgrifennu Adolygiad.

Size: 179kb

3Cs and 3Ss Dice Game

Ages: All ages
Type of Activity: Film watching, Games

Talk and write about the 3Cs (colour, camera, character) and the 3Ss (sound, setting, story) of film to improve your film reviews.

3Cs and 3Ss Dice Game
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3Cs and 3Ss Dice Game

Play this game as you watch films to help you write creative reviews.

Size: 175kb

Welsh -Gem Dis 3C a 3S (2C, 2Ll a 2S)
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Welsh -Gem Dis 3C a 3S (2C, 2Ll a 2S)

Gem Dis 3C a 3S (2C, 2Ll a 2S).

Size: 111kb

Make a Thaumatrope

Ages: 5 - 11
Type of Activity: Creative

Create your own thaumatrope and see how the illusion of moving image in film is created through the persistence of vision.

Make a Thaumatrope
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Make a Thaumatrope

A template to help you create these optical toys.

Size: 98kb

Hair and Make-Up Design

Ages: 5 - 16
Type of Activity: Creative, Filmmaking

Design the hair and make-up for the films that you make, or try and recreate examples from the films you watch.

Hair and Make-up Design Template
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Hair and Make-up Design Template

Templates to help you design hair and make-up for your characters.

Size: 89kb

Dylunio Cynllun Gwallt a Cholur
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Dylunio Cynllun Gwallt a Cholur

Templed i creu colur a gwallt cymeriadau.

Size: 125kb

Costume Design

Ages: 5 - 16
Type of Activity: Creative, Filmmaking

Create costume designs for the films that you make or design alternative costumes for your favourite film characters.

Costume Design Template
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Costume Design Template

Design the right costumes for your characters using these templates.

Size: 71kb

Dylunio Gwisgoedd
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Dylunio Gwisgoedd

Dyluniwch wisgoedd i’ch cymeriadau gan ddefnyddio’r templedi yma

Size: 96kb

Plan a Film Party

Ages: 11+
Type of Activity: Creative

Plan a fun film party to celebrate the end of term or other special event.

Plan a Film party
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Plan a Film party

An activity to help you to plan your own film party. and give it a theme.

Size: 196kb

Welsh - Trefnu Parti Ffilm
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Welsh - Trefnu Parti Ffilm

Gweithgaredd i’ch helpu chi i drefnu eich parti ffilm arbennig.

Size: 122kb

Film Poster Template

Ages: 7 - 16
Type of Activity: Creative

Create an eye-catching film poster for the films you make, or design alternative posters for the films you watch.

Film Poster Template
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Film Poster Template

Design a film poster using this template.

Size: 50kb

Top 5 Filmmaking Tips

Ages: 5 - 16
Type of Activity: Filmmaking

Follow these top tips when making your films to help make your finished film the best it can be.

Top 5 Filmmaking Tips
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Top 5 Filmmaking Tips

Improve and perfect your filmmaking by following these top tips.

Size: 421kb

Welsh - 5 awgrym gorau ar greu ffilm
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Welsh - 5 awgrym gorau ar greu ffilm

Dilynwch yr awrymiadau yma i wella’ch ffilmiau.

Size: 442kb

Filmmaking Memory Card Game

Ages: All ages
Type of Activity: Filmmaking, Games

Match the film career to the filmmaking equipment used in the job role.

Filmmaking Memory Card Game
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Filmmaking Memory Card Game

Match the film career to the equipment used in that job.

Size: 259kb

Secondary Age Activities

The below resources are suitable for those of a Secondary school age. Some resources are available in the Welsh language.

Review Writing Frame

Do you want to improve your review writing? Use this template to organise your ideas and get creative.

Ages: 7 - 16
Type of Activity: Creative, Film watching

Review Writing Frame
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Review Writing Frame

Create fantastic reviews and improve your writing skills with our template.

Size: 200kb

Welsh - Ffrâm Ysgrifennu Adolygiad
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Welsh - Ffrâm Ysgrifennu Adolygiad

Ffrâm Ysgrifennu Adolygiad.

Size: 179kb

3Cs and 3Ss Dice Game

Talk and write about the 3Cs (colour, camera, character) and the 3Ss (sound, setting, story) of film to improve your film reviews.

Ages: All ages
Type of Activity: Film watching, Games

3Cs and 3Ss Dice Game
pdf

3Cs and 3Ss Dice Game

Play this game as you watch films to help you write creative reviews.

Size: 175kb

Welsh -Gem Dis 3C a 3S (2C, 2Ll a 2S)
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Welsh -Gem Dis 3C a 3S (2C, 2Ll a 2S)

Gem Dis 3C a 3S (2C, 2Ll a 2S).

Size: 111kb

My Film Viewing Map

Ages: All ages
Type of Activity: Film watching

Do you want to watch films that are a bit different, or more unusual? A great way to improve your film knowledge is to set yourself the challenge of viewing films from all over the world. Use this map to record the films you watch and the countries they come from and you can become an international film expert!

You can combine your journey into world film with our My Film Viewing Timeline activity and watch films from every decade.

My Film Viewing Map
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My Film Viewing Map

Watch films from all over of the world and create your own film map.

Size: 159kb

Curate a Cinema Programme

Ages: 11 - 16
Type of Activity: Film watching

This activity explores how to curate a film programme for an imaginary cinema, based on conducting research into two cinemas in your local area.

Curate a Cinema Programme
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Curate a Cinema Programme

Use this activity to curate a film programme for an imaginary cinema.

Size: 106kb

Director's Mood Board

Ages: 7+
Type of Activity: Creative, Filmmaking

Create a mood board for a film based on ideas generated by the people you're making your film with; your production team.

Director's Mood Board
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Director's Mood Board

Use this mood board template to map out your film ideas.

Size: 107kb

Picture Puzzles

Ages: 7 - 14
Type of Activity: Games

Sort out the visual clues to create a film title. Play on your own or as a group.

Picture Puzzles
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Picture Puzzles

Work out the film titles from the picture clues.

Size: 3.1mb

Welsh - Posau Lluniau
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Welsh - Posau Lluniau

Gweithiwch allan enw’r ffilm o’r cliwiau lluniau.

Size: 1.7mb

What Makes a Good Film Poster?

Ages: 7+
Type of Activity: Film watching

Ever wondered how film posters are put together? How do they decide what information is included and what is left out? And why? Compare some different film posters with this activity and become an expert in reading between the lines of the posters you see every day.

What Makes a Good Film Poster?
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What Makes a Good Film Poster?

Find out more about how and why films posters are made.

Size: 349kb

Welsh - Beth sy’n gwneud Poster Da ar gyfer Ffilm?
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Welsh - Beth sy’n gwneud Poster Da ar gyfer Ffilm?

Darganfyddwch sut a pham mae posteri ffilm yn cael eu creu.

Size: 259kb

Film Anagrams Quiz

Ages: 7 - 16
Type of Activity: Quizzes

Test your knowledge of films and characters with these fiendish anagrams, and have a go at creating your own quiz to challenge your friends and family with.

Anagrams Quiz
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Anagrams Quiz

Can you unscramble these anagrams of some famous film titles?

Size: 116kb

Welsh - Cwis Anagram
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Welsh - Cwis Anagram

Ydych chi’n dyfalu’r anagramau o’ch hoff ffilmiau.

Size: 76kb

My Film Viewing Timeline

Ages: All ages
Type of Activity: Film watching

Do you want to watch films that are a bit different, or more unusual? A great way to improve your film knowledge is to challenge yourself to watch a film from each decade. Use this timeline to record the films you watch and the years they come from.

You can combine your journey through film history with our My Film Viewing Map activity, to watch films from around the world.

My Film Viewing Timeline
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My Film Viewing Timeline

What's the oldest film you've seen? Use our timeline to chart your viewing.

Size: 249kb

Welsh -Llinell Gronolegol o’r Ffilmiau rydw i wedi’u Gwylio
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Welsh -Llinell Gronolegol o’r Ffilmiau rydw i wedi’u Gwylio

Fy rhestr llinell amser ffilm i.

Size: 253kb

Visual Storytelling

Ages: 11+
Type of Activity: Filmmaking

Perfect your filmmaking skills by practising the 'show, don't tell' technique.

VIsual Storytelling Filmmaking Activity
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VIsual Storytelling Filmmaking Activity

An activity to help you to develop and perfect your filmmaking skills.

Size: 245kb

Welsh - Adrodd Straeon Gweledol
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Welsh - Adrodd Straeon Gweledol

Gweithgareddau i’ch helpu chi i ddatblygu’ch sgiliau creu ffilm.

Size: 160kb

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