Videos & Resources

“Bringing children’s books to life through art-making”

Videos & Resources

“Bringing children’s books to life
through art-making”

Video #01

Read: ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’


Lion mask templates + step-by-step instructions

Video #02

Read: ‘Alice’s adventures in Wonderland’


Step-by-step instructions

Video #03

Read: ‘Town Musicians of Bremen’ 


Biscuit recipe + step-by-step instructions

Video #04



Minotaur & automaton templates + step-by-step instructions

Video #05

Read: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’


Step-by-step instructions





Creativity for families at home!

Hackney Libraries digital campaign #MarvellousMondayMaking
promotes Art Hoppers online videos #Read2Make

Age group

Aimed at KS2 children (age 7-11) with support from an adult or responsible, older sibling.
KS3 students (age 11-14) have got this on their own terms.

Read Books

Activities are inspired by much-loved classics: ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and more… Find them online at

Hackney e-library https://hackney.gov.uk/e-library

Make Art

Art Hoppers videos make use of recycled materials found in most homes.

Recycle, reuse, reinvent!


1 new video, every Monday for 5 weeks
18th May – 15th June 2020


A creative community online! Join the fun of reading and making – Here’s how to share.


All our resources are free!
Search #MarvellousMondayMaking for new video releases. Share with friends & family using the same hashtag.

Post photos of your completed artworks to social platforms & tag #MarvellousMondayMaking or #Read2Make

Follow Art Hoppers

Follow Hackney Libraries

Public Online Gallery:

email: hello@arthoppers.co.uk

Email us images of your creations and we’ll upload them to our digital gallery coming here soon!

Email us with questions or feedback and we promise to respond. We’d love to hear form you!


Our video resources are a direct response to the COVID-19 lockdown. We wanted to reach out to families and create a digital space for us all to share the joy of stories and art making together. The project has given us a purposeful lifeline to stay connected! Huge thanks to Hackney Libraries for supporting our work.

We can’t wait to see your creations, so go on, get making…

Artworks gallery

Here we will be updating images of your artworks, please share using #Read2Make or send by email.



Adults are requested to monitor and help young children in their art-making.

Please do not let young children use sharp tools.

Hackney Libraries & Art Hoppers can not take responsibility for how families engage in the suggested activities or their use of equipment and materials.

Get permission from a parent or carer before uploading images online or via email. By sharing images online using the hashtags #MarvellousMondayMaking or #Read2Make, you give Art Hoppers and Hackney Libraries consent to use these images on our websites and social media platforms.

All videos are created by Art Hoppers.

This is a family project, created at home in London during the COVID-19 isolation period.

All rights reserved:  © Art Hoppers in partnership with Hackney Libraries, May 2020.


Comments from families & cultural partners.

“Art Hoppers approach is consistent with our methodology regards engaging families and this creates a seamless experience for our locals, building on the impact of working with different people whilst keeping it comfortable and ‘domestic’ to Rich Mix.”

Tracy Barbe

Schools and Outreach Officer, Rich Mix

“Another fun and interactive session, allowing free drawing and expression with an emphasis on just giving it a go. Great for mindfulness. Was a great way of looking at things in a different non-obvious way and appreciating all parts of the art. Thank you so much.”

(re: event Finding a Place)


“I absolutely loved getting involved and being encouraged to be as creative as the kids!”

(re: event Postcards from a Happy Place)


“A huge thanks for joining us at the Dalston Children’s Festival and for your wonderful activities, they were brilliant!! The puppets were my favourite, and the general aesthetic you brought to the event was beautiful.”

Lucy McMenemy

Cultural Development Manager, Hackney Council

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- 6 days ago

@HackneyPlaybus You guys are the best! X
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- 8 days ago

Surreal times called for #SurrealArt during our art & #Wellbeing play-scheme @GayhurstE8. Mirrored paint splodges opened up exciting conversations with children around the images & feelings they evoke. Insightful ideas shared. Thanks all for a fun wk! https://t.co/s5Deh4Qm1m https://t.co/jNZBAwPHjX
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- 29 days ago

@hackneylibs: Creative people, make your own Shakespearean theatre just like #Hackney's the Theatre and the Curtain Theatre with this video from @ArtHoppers. All you need are a few things from around the house! https://t.co/h3tUgzdgxy @HackneySociety @HackneyMuseum #FestivalofArchaeology https://t.co/woyXqcpWFY
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@HaggerstonSch SO GOOD! such great ideas.
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