School craft activities and ideas with the Craft Council's Craft Club

By Rachel Hayward Published: 07 July 2010

Screenshot showing Craft Club website with badges saying knit 1 and pass it on and photos of kids knitting

Screenshot of the Craft Council's Craft Club website

The Crafts Council, in collaboration with the UK Hand Knitting Association and National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI) is supporting Craft Club's first project in schools - Knit 1: Pass It On. On offer is practical real world support as well as online resources for knitting and crocheting in the classroom through the Craft Club website.

About Craft Club
Craft Club is a national campaign from the Craft Council with the aims of bringing the fun of craft learning to children and positively impact on their wellbeing and overall attainment.

Downloadable Knit 1: Pass It On - knitting resources
The downloadable resources, including knitting patterns, 'how to' videos and other project ideas, form part of Knit 1: Pass It On, the new project from the Crafts Council's Craft Club.

Start a Craft Club in your school
The Crafts Council are keen to support you in setting up a Craft Club at school and has a step-by-step guide to help you, including brokering links with your local volunteer organisations - remember those amazing people at the UK Hand Knitting Association and the National Federation of Women's Institutes mentioned earlier? The Craft Council will also providing basic training for volunteers and co-ordinate placements in your school.

The Craft Club website also has a forum and gallery to upload photos and a chance to win prizes for best work.

Watch this space as we'll keep you up-to-date with future projects from Craft Club that explore other areas of Craft.

More craft offers from the UK's museums
Museums and galleries round the UK offer craft-based sessions for your pupils. For example, on Heritage Craft Taster Days at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, Year 9 students can experience workshops in stone carving, gilding and imitation marbling, as well as careers advice and information. This programme is sponsored by ConstructionSkills and DBR (London) Ltd and run in partnership with the Building Crafts College.

Younger pupils can experience a range of hands-on craft activities at museums. For example, there are Victorian Crafts (KS1 & 2) sessions at Beamish Museum.

After school clubs in museums
There are also after school clubs involving crafts, such as the Horniman Museum's After School Club and the Bourne Hall Museum Club in Surrey.

Holiday craft activities
This summer 2010, how about the following craft activities? There is Forgotten crafts at DIG in York.

Or pupils can make their own instrument at Gloucester City Museum & Art Gallery.

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery has Japanese craft sessions, including a Shibori workshop for over 16s, alongside its current Japanese Sashiko Textiles exhibition.

Wycombe Museum has paper craft activities this summer.

Why not contact your local museum for their craft offers and publicise them to pupils?

You can locate cultural venues via our Google map in our Culture24 Places to Go section.