‘ONLINE’ Beaty@Home Live: Spring Break Craft Party – Local Animal Connections!

Green construction paper leaf reading we love biodiversity on a background of other paper leaves.Visitors of all ages are welcome to join us for a fun and relaxing hour of creating a craft together, virtually! Bring your own project or join us in making a “junk mail collage” art piece on our suggested theme: a local animal interacting with a living or non-living thing in its ecosystem. Or just come to watch and wonder about local wildlife.

This will be an easy-going session where everyone can chat together about nature and local wildlife as they craft. For inspiration, Nancy, Museum Interpreter, will show some specimens and discuss examples of Metro Vancouver animals and how they connect and depend on each other in their ecosystems. We’ll also offer some beginner tips on local nature observation and fun things to look out for outside.

If you’re looking for a craft project, we’ll give instructions as we go along for creating a simple junk mail collage depicting a local animal interaction. You’ll need to register and gather a few supplies before the session:

1. Any craft supplies you have at home that you’d like to use for your own craft project ideas. For example: pencil, paper, pencil crayons, crayons, markers, pastels, paints, glue, scissors, colouring book, a knitting project in progress, plasticine/clay, recycling bin materials, etc. Another craft suggestion is to fold a piece of cardboard or paper in half and work on a greeting card to mail to someone you haven’t seen for a while.


Junk Mail Collage Supplies

    • Paper for the backing (e.g. a sheet of construction paper, printer paper, cardstock, or a cereal box).
    • Colourful junk mail (e.g. glossy or non-glossy flyers/brochures, magazines, newspapers). We’ll be tearing them in small pieces so you won’t need to find particular pictures.
    • Scissors
    • Pencil
    • Glue (white glue or glue stick)


2. It’s a party! Gather snacks/drinks if you like to enjoy them while crafting. Bring friends to the party too – just spread the word to join in virtually. Feel free to use your silly Zoom filters or wear something to do with local animals. Have fun!

A person draws a butterfly in a notebook


It will be great fun to see what other people create if anyone wants to show what they’ve made so far at the end. If you want, you can even point your camera towards your craft (instead of your face) throughout the session to show others your work. You can also post a photo of your work on our social media as part of our spring break social media challenge for Animal Week. Learn more about our Spring Break programming here. 

Click here to register!

This virtual activity with a museum interpreter is recommended for visitors of all ages – kids, adults, families, and groups are welcome! If your child hasn’t used zoom before, or needs help with typing, occasional support from an adult or older sibling may be helpful. We are offering this program live on zoom only, and it will not be recorded. We encourage participants to be on video and ask questions out loud, just like we were on a tour together!

Join all of the Beaty@Home sessions from anywhere around the world. All you need is an internet connection. You can also call in over telephone, simply register for the Zoom link and the list of numbers.

If you would like to contribute to the museum, you can pay what you can on the registration page. In addition, we appreciate any donations (tax-deductible), purchasing a membership , planning to visit in person when safe to do so, and sharing information about the museum with friends and family. Thank you for your support of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum!

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum reserves the right to cancel, change or modify Beaty@Home sessions due to unforeseen circumstances, such as staffing conflicts. 

a child draws an artwork featuring a duck in a pond