Polyglot at home

One way that we can stay connected, motivated and positive is online. We challenged our ingenious artists to come up with some fun things to do with stuff that’s probably already in your house. Don’t have kids? Don’t worry! These creative activities are for all ages (some kids may need a hand with things like scissors). Help us share the fun and video or photograph you and your family playing at home with Polyglot. Post it on your socials and mention or tag us so we can all stay connected. Home-bound hilarity – ACTIVATE.

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Header photo: Alvin Ho, courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

DO: ‘Kitchen Disco’

What kind of music do your kitchen utensils make? Which one will you play? The whole family can create and play with groovy Polyglot artist Nick Barlow.

DO: ‘Tales of a Toothbrush’

Is your toothbrush friend dreaming of an exciting adventure? You betcha! Where will you take them and what will you find? Create and play with Polyglot artist Afsaneh Torabi and her mate Toofi, with music by the talented Lachlan MacLeod.

DO: ‘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, and bop along to music by the talented Lachlan MacLeod.

DO: ‘Feathered Friends’

What kinds of feathered friends can you make? Maybe a bird you see everyday, 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 the talented Lachlan MacLeod.

DO: ‘Story Worlds’

How do you develop a Story World? Create and play with Daniel and Naiya, and learn how to fill your stories with curious characters and exciting adventures! Featuring music from Audio Network.

DO: ‘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.

DO: ‘Adventures in Dolly’s World’

There’s lots of things that we can’t do right now because of the Corona Dragon. But we can use our imaginations! What adventures will you go on? Create and play with Dolly and Sylvie, music by Lachlan, Maisie and Chester.

DO: ‘Vegetable Dance Party’

‘Lettuce’ leap into the crisper for inspiration! Use fruit and veggies to make some ‘fungi’ friends, then hit the dancefloor and boogie down to some classic ‘beets’. Create and play with Polyglot artist Afsaneh Torabi.

PS: please excuse the ‘corny’ puns.

DO: ‘Under The Sea’

Using simple materials, transform yourself into a sea creature and your home into a watery ocean wonderland. Scout for starfish and ride the waves in a washing basket. Create and play with Polyglot artist Nick Barlow.

WATCH: ‘Boomies’

Boomies – the hilarious, slightly magic realist animation created by the Moree Boomerangs RLFC kids for First On The Ladder. Project Director Ian Pidd wrote, “We took about 10,000 photos of over two hundred and fifty drawings and finished our final session in time to spend Sunday afternoon eating chips at the famous Moree pool. Which was much needed in the 39 degree heat!” Starring Johnathan Thurston, Chiko the dog and everyone in the Boomerangs family, we hope you enjoy this imaginative adventure! 

WATCH: ‘Emotions’

Transitioning from primary school to high school is a very personal experience. Students who are in Term 3 of Year 7 reminisce on some of the emotions that surfaced on their first day of high school and their journey through the year. ‘Emotions’ was created through Polyglot’s Kids Collaborations project 5678 Film Club.

DO: Eyes Shut Part 2

You can create the most beautiful artworks with a bit of technique and chaos. Once you’ve finished, try framing your favourite part, put the whole thing on your wall, cut out shapes from it, or use it as the best wrapping paper and cards in the whole world. This activity works by yourself or with your whole family.

WATCH: First On The Ladder fun in Shepp

A glimpse into the fabulous First On The Ladder fun at Rumbalara Football Netball Club on game days! Play workshops, radio broadcasting, live footy commentating – we had a great time in Shepp. 

DO: ‘Shadow Self’

Using a few simple materials, make your very own ‘Shadow Self’. What do they look like? What adventures will they go on? Create and play with Polyglot artist Nick Barlow, who also made the wonderful music in this video!

WATCH: ‘Dream Team’

One sunny afternoon Nihal finds himself waiting for his friends at basketball practice. When no one turns up, he goes looking for them and discovers that they all have very strange reasons for not attending… Are they telling the truth? ‘Dream Team’ was created by 5678 Film Club in 2017.

DO: Found Objectorama Part 1

Using everyday objects we can make amazing and fantastical creatures! These can be funny or beautiful sculpture pieces or used to make a play. The best thing is that anything is possible.

WATCH: ‘Beware of the Slurps’

A young person finds themselves in the strange and colorful world of their sugary drink, where they meet fantastical characters. But what happens when they don’t heed the warning signs? Beware of the Slurps was created by kids, for kids, through our Kids Collaboration project 5678 Film Club.

WATCH: ‘Because Of Her’

In September 2018, First On The Ladder was thrilled to premiere Because Of Her – a film clip created with over 30 young people from Rumbalara Football Netball Club. They worked with artists including Philly, DRMNGNOW-Neil Morris, Amrita Hepi, Jonathan Homsey and Black Ant Films to create and record a song with accompanying dance and movement, and put it all together in a video clip. An incredible celebration of Rumbalara, it was so exciting to see Because Of Her take shape.

DO: Eyes Shut Part 1

We think that if you have a hand, foot or mouth, you can draw! You don’t need special skills to be able to make wonderful and exciting creations. Give these activities a go – you might be surprised at what you can make! These are fun to do by yourself or with your family. 

DO: ‘House Party’

What does your dream house look like? Does it have a disco ball and a smoking chimney? What fabulous outfits are you and your family wearing? Create and play with Polyglot artist Ashlee Hughes, featuring music by Lachlan MacLeod!

WATCH: ‘Hidden Secret’

Why is Troy being given money from strangers around the neighbourhood? His father and his friends are suspicious. What is his secret? ‘Hidden Secret’ was created by kids, for kids, through our Kids Collaborations project 5678 Film Club. 


DO: Robot Head

Feel like hiding away in a strange and exciting place? We have the perfect way to do that – put a box on your head! This isn’t just any box, it’s a super-sonic, intergalactic, planetary ROBOT HEAD. (And an exciting way to use any boxes leftover from your Box City!)

DO: ‘Dolly’s World’

What will you build in your Box City? Create and play with Dolly and Sylvie, featuring music by Lachlan, Maisie and Chester!

WATCH: ‘Quicker Than Lightning’

Quicker Than Lightning is a powerful music video created by the Moree Boomerangs kids through our Kids Collaboration project First On The Ladder.

WATCH: ‘Flush’

A frustrated artist accidentally travels through time in a rather bizarre way involving a toilet and a strange character with a moustache. Will she rediscover her inspiration?

DO: ‘Sticky Notes’

What can you make with a window and some post-it notes? Create and play with our artist Nick Barlow, with music by Lachlan MacLeod.

DO: Top 5 Picks for Families

Arts Centre Melbourne curated a list of their top 5 family experiences for the school holidays.

“Created by our friends and collaborators, these wonderful activities by local artists are the perfect way to stay connected and kick your imagination into overdrive!”

Check these out here.

READ (parents): ‘How parents can support kids creativity at home’

Creative activities are a great way to keep kids busy while they’re staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic, but filling every moment with activities is tough.

“VicHealth spoke to Sue Giles AM, the Vice President of the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People, and Artistic Director of Polyglot Theatre, about supporting kids to do creative activities while they’re stuck at home.”

Read this here.

DO: Paper Play Power Planet

Ever wanted to turn your house into another world? Well now you can with Paper Play Power Planet!

WATCH: ‘Nobody Nose’

Charlotte has to move from the country to a new school in the city. It certainly feels weird on her first day… How can she stay there when it all feels so uncomfortable? Nobody Nose was created by kids, for kids, through 5678 Film Club. This Kids Collaborations project supported young people making the transition between primary and secondary school. Read more about the project here.

DO: ‘Binoculars’

What can you see through your binoculars? Create and play with Polyglot artist Ashlee Hughes, with music by Lachlan MacLeod.

DO: ‘Recycling’

What can you transform into using stuff from the recycling bin? Create and play with Polyglot artist Nick Barlow, with music by Lachlan MacLeod.