Staring into Space: creative activities for children

Former Waterstones Children's Laureate Lauren Child teamed up with talented teacher Josey Scullard to come up with six inspiring ways to get children to think creatively. 

Staring into Space is a brilliant collection of six resources by Lauren Child and Josey Scullard, inspired by some of their favourite children's books. You can use the resources at home, school, in libraries, museum education rooms – or anywhere else you like.

As Lauren Child says:

'It is now widely recognised that creativity is as important as literacy or numeracy, and that allowing ourselves the time, space and freedom to be creative is essential for good mental health... Sometimes we need to stare into space.'

Take a look at our resources to do just that with children, and share their creations online using #staringintospace. Each resource also has its own separate page, where you can find tips for extra inspiration. You can find even more ideas (and more about the wonders of daydreaming) on Lauren's website at

Download all the Staring into Space resources

Six activity sheets to try

From making your own book to a 3D world, there's a creative idea to suit every child and classroom.

Download a letter from Lauren Child

Hello from Lauren Child

The former Children's Laureate Lauren Child explains why she's made the Staring into Space resources and why she thinks it is so important to nurture creativity in children.

Have some fun: learn about the six activity resources

Make toast sculptures

All you need are a few everyday objects, your amazing imagination, a sharpened pencil and... toast.

Draw some charcoal journeys

Experiment with a stick of charcoal to create some magical, atmospheric journeys.

Tell your stories Warli style

Share your story using simple shapes and colours, just like the art of the Warli tribal community in India.

Make your own book

Discover how to produce a little book of your own, full of interesting new facts and thoughts.

Build a 3D space of your own

Use the technique of collage to create your own imagined pop-up space.

Create your own miniature world

Make your own tiny landscape, using normal-sized things from your garden or local park.

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