Fun crafts and activities for kids
Have fun at home with easy craft activities and printable downloads for children, inspired by museum exhibitions and themes.
Make a cardboard camera
Craft your own toy camera
Make your own game of snap
Follow the instructions to create a game of Animal snap
Templates and instructions for making wearable crafts- masks, hats and accessories
Whale and krill finger puppets
Use felt to create finger puppet gloves for toddlers.
Re-use a cardboard boxes to make a viking boat, helmet and sword.
Search and rescue hat
Light up a child's day with this hat made from cellophane and materials from around the home.
Make a pirate hat and eye patch
Don’t just talk like a pirate, look like a pirate too! To help you get in the swashbuckling spirit, here’s a pirate hat and eye patch pattern to download and make.
Make an easy deep sea diver costume
How to create a simple diver’s helmet for dress-ups and pretend play.
Templates and instructions for cushions, soft animals and more.
Whale soft toy
Up-cycle felt and old clothes to create a huggable, version of the most fascinating whale species.
Penguin soft toy
Use scrap fabric to make cuddly versions of Antarctica's most adorable inhabitants.
Viking felt mat
Get sudsy as you make a wet-felted rug customised with fabric scraps, cuts-outs and ribbon.
Make painted polar pillows
Create some painted polar pillow crafts of our very own.
Make a no-sew Steampunk Soctopus Softie
Hands-down the easiest soft sculpture craft you could make.
Templates and instructions for paper ships and all manner of sculptural creations.
Make your own Pirate Party Topper
Follow the instructions to create your own crafty cake toppers for a pirate party.
Make your own Pirate Booty
Create sparkly, shiny pirate's treasures.
Turtle shadow puppet
Printout and make your own turtle shadow puppet
Make your own Antarctic snowglobe
Make then shake your own beautiful snowglobe
Make a paper cup/box diorama
A bottle fish
Printable instructions on how to make a fish out of a plastic bottle.
A thong starfish
Printable instructions with templates on how to create a starfish from old thongs.
A rope and net octopus
Instructions on how to make your own sculptural octopus using fishing net and rope.
Rope wrapped corals
Printable instructions on how to make your own sculptural rope wrapped corals
Make a viking ship
Print this page and follow the instructions to make a viking ship (PDF)
Make the destroyer
Print this graphic to make your own model of the HMAS Vampire (PDF)
Make the submarine
Print this graphic to make your own model of the HMAS Onslow (PDF)
Make an origami paper boat
Follow these simple steps to make an origami paper boat (PDF)
Create lighthouse story shadow puppets
Shadow puppets are a cinch to make and a whole lot of fun to use.
Make a pirate ship
Build your own ship for pirates.
Make a periscope
Make a periscope.
Make a bat bunting
Make a bat bunting.
Make a terrarium
Terrariums are great fun to make with children.
Templates and instructions for crafty sweet treats.
Shape dough made from your favourite gingerbread recipe to edible Vikings, ships and reindeer.
Printable activity booklets, templates and instructions for collage and printmaking activities
4 pages of celestial themed activities
Take an adventure across the seas, under the stars and around the world.
4 pages of Festival themed activities
With loads of beautiful boats at the museum for the festival, learn to draw a yacht, colour in some boats and follow the maze.
Craft a cone for tasty festival treats.
Follow the instructions to create your own nautical pop-up card
Pirate themed activities
Play word games, create a story and learn to draw a pirate ship
Make your own penguin fishing game
Make then play with your own fishy figures
Ocean conservation postcard
Make your own postcard using our template
Colour in some things you might find on the Great Barrier Reef
Draw a turtle & Find-a-word
Follow these instructions to draw a green turtle and complete the Find-a-word
Follow the ocean maze
Help the sea creatures find their way to the reef
Invent your own ocean superhero
A carrot submarine
In this activity you’ll get to the root of how submarines work.
Potato print blocks
Inspired by Indian wooden block printing, use simple house-hold materials to stamp beautiful patterns.
Foam whale stamps
Make easy stamps using craft foam cut in the image of your favourite whales.
Propaganda posters for the home
Put persuasion to work on the home front with fun collages for kids of any age.
DIY Mother's Day card
Use our cute mother-and-chick penguin graphic to print a beautiful card with a special message.
Join us on a voyage to the deep sea. Colour some things you might find there.
Draw an Octopus
Find out how to draw and octopus
How many of each can you find?
Your own fantasy submarine or deep-sea creature
make your own gift tags and cards themed from our Voyage to the Deep exhibition.
Transport colouring sheet
Print this page and colour in a tugboat, bicycle and helicopter, among others (PDF)
Draw a sea plane
Follow simple steps to draw a sea plane, plus complete a word puzzle (PDF)
Explore a transport maze
Find your way through three land, sea, and air mazes (PDF)
Patch-eyed pirate prints
Ahoy there landlubbers, scurvydogs and sprogs!
Extended to 6:00 pm in January
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Closed Christmas Day 25 December.
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Australia National Maritime Museum
Every day 9.30 am - 5 pm
Extend to 6.00 pm in January
Closed Xmas Day 25 Dec.
2 Murrey Street
sydney NSW 2000, AU
+61 2 9298 3777