Activities and Downloads

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Dylan Snowball Trail!

We’ve created a new Snowball Trail in our Exhibition for families to enjoy this December! Can you find the 9 mini Dylans? Your prize is a brilliant free activity pack to take home with you. Call in Wednesday – Sunday, between 10am & 4pm.


Christmas Activity Pack

Come and visit our Exhibition over the Christmas holidays, and pick up a copy of our brilliant free activity pack. It’s full of creative ideas to try at home for kids (and adults!) of all ages. We’re open Wednesday – Sunday, between 10am and 4pm.


Jack Frost Word Game

We’ve created a fun word game for you, inspired by Dylan’s line ‘When cometh Jack Frost?’. Enjoy!

Download worksheet


‘A Winter’s Tale’ Acrostic

Get creative with our winter acrostic! Use our template to help you write a seasonal poem, and don’t forget to share it with us!

Download autumn acrostic template


Foxes Colouring Sheet

We’ve designed a beautiful colouring sheet for you inspired by Dylan’s line ‘the foxes on the hills barked clear and cold’ from his wonderful poem, ‘Fern Hill’. Don’t forget to share your finished creations with us!

Download the colouring sheet


‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’ Wordsearch

All the words hidden here are from Dylan Thomas’ story, ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’. See if you can find them all!

Download wordsearch


‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’ Christmas Tree Colouring Sheet

We’ve designed a fun colouring sheet inspired by ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’. Enjoy getting creative and then curl up with a copy of Dylan’s magical story to really get in the festive spirit.

Download colouring sheet


‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’ Christmas Bunting

Want to make a unique and reusable Christmas decoration? Give our ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’ themed bunting a go! It’s great for all ages and you can make it as simple or as elaborate as you like.

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Winter Writing Paper

We’ve created some unique writing paper inspired by Ellen Raskin’s illustrations for Dylan’s magical story, ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’. You can print it out and write to family and friends, or download and use it to email a special message.

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Make ‘A Winter’s Tale’ Card

‘The far owl warning among the folds’.

We’ve designed a beautiful, seasonal card based on Dylan’s ‘A Winter’s Tale’ for you to share with friends and family. Will you colour it or leave it as it is?

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Make a card inspired by ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’

Dylan Thomas often wrote about Christmas, talking about it in his letters, and most famously, in his story ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’. He created some beautiful images to help us imagine his childhood Christmases, and we’re using some of these as the inspiration for some special hand-made Christmas cards.

Make your own card


Autumn Activity Pack

Visiting the Dylan Thomas Centre this half term? Why not pick up one of our free family friendly activity packs – brimming full of creative ideas to explore. We are so excited to introduce our ‘autumnal spells’ family activity pack as part of this year’s #WelshMuseumsFestival! We are open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm.


Here be Dragons! Family Trail

Dragon finders needed! Dolores the dragon is hiding in the Dylan Thomas Centre! Can you help us find her and discover what book she’s reading? Successful spotters can pick up a small prize from our front desk.

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‘With his stick that picked up leaves’: How to make an autumn mobile

Decorations aren’t just for Christmas! Why not decorate your house with the beautiful autumn leaves that are helpfully falling from the trees? 

Make your own autumn mobile


Birthday Colouring Sheet

It’s Dylan’s birthday on 27 October! 🎈 Why not help him celebrate by colouring in our specially designed sheet?

Download birthday colouring sheet


Birthday Wordsearch

When Dylan was 21 he received a lot of presents for his birthday. Can you find all the words below related to his special day?

Download birthday wordsearch


Autumn Writing Prompts

Dylan often wrote about autumn and his October birthday. We’ve put together some writing prompts to help get you started on your own seasonal creative piece. Don’t forget to share your poems and stories with us!

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Autumnal Spells Colouring Sheet

Some let me make you of autumnal spells’, wrote Dylan Thomas. Enjoy our colouring sheet celebrating his word wizardry!

Download colouring sheet


#NationalPoetryDay – Choose your words!

Dylan Thomas often created his own wordlists to help him write his poems, and ensure that he chose the best possible words for each line. For #NationalPoetryDay, we’ve devised a fun activity to inspire you to create your own poems.

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World Book Day Activities

World Book Day, held on the first Thursday of March each year, changes lives through a love of books and shared reading. We’ve put together a variety of activities to enjoy at home or in school. Don’t forget to let us know how you’ll be celebrating!

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Create your own ‘Return Journey’ paper pop-up

Make your own unique pop up of Swansea, featuring some of the buildings Dylan passed when walking through Swansea in his radio play, ‘Return Journey’.
All the instructions you need to create your own little world are here!

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Write a ‘Return Journey’ – Choose Your Own Adventure story

Let’s write our own ‘Return Journey’, but in our version you decide what happens next! Where will you go? What will you see? Who will you meet? The order and outcome of the adventure is entirely up to you!

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Dylan’s Animals: Make a scrap paper finger puppet

Make a scrap paper finger puppet inspired by the animals Dylan Thomas included in his poems! This fun and easy activity is ideal for families with kids under 6, but we think adults will thoroughly enjoy it too!

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Ravens Colouring Sheet

Inspired by Dylan’s line ‘hearing the ravens cough in winter sticks’, we’ve designed a beautiful colouring sheet for you. Don’t forget to photograph and share your finished creations with us!

Download the colouring sheet


Dylan’s Animals Word Search

All the animals hidden in this word search feature in Dylan’s stories, poems or      broadcasts. See if you can find them all!

Download the wordsearch


Dylan’s Animals Creative Writing Prompts

Dylan Thomas featured all kinds of animals and birds in his writing, including octopus, ravens, foxes, cats and slugs! Here are some prompts to help you get started on writing your own animal-inspired poems and stories.

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Foxes Colouring Sheet

Inspired by Dylan’s line ‘the foxes on the hill barked clear and cold’, we’ve designed a beautiful colouring sheet for you. Don’t forget to photograph and share your finished creations with us!

Download the colouring sheet


Winter Writing Paper

Every year at the Dylan Thomas Exhibition, we welcome families to take part in our winter activities. This year we have taken one of our most popular activities online with a selection of beautifully designed Writing Papers you can download for free.

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Jack Frost Word Game

How many different words can you make from the letters contained in the name ‘Jack Frost’?

Download worksheet


‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’ Wordsearch

All the words hidden here are from Dylan Thomas’ story, ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’. See if you can find them all!

Download wordsearch


‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’ Christmas Tree Colouring Sheet

Download colouring sheet


Make a card inspired by ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’

Dylan Thomas often wrote about Christmas, talking about it in his letters, and most famously, in his story ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’. He created some beautiful images to help us imagine his childhood Christmases, and we’re using some of these as the inspiration for some special hand-made Christmas cards.

Make your own card


This autumn the team have created a range of fun, downloadable activities for you to enjoy at home. This is a special season for Dylan as he was born on 27 October, and often wrote about this time of year in his poetry. Look out for writing prompts, poetry games, wordsearches and a special colouring sheet.

Autumn Birds Wordsearch

Dylan includes lots of birds in his autumn poems. Can you spot them?

Download wordsearch


Birthday Wordsearch

When Dylan was 21 he received a lot of presents for his birthday. Can you find all the words below related to his special day?

Download birthday wordsearch


Design a birthday cake for Dylan!

Can you design a birthday cake for him to enjoy on his special day?

Download birthday cake template


Birthday Colouring Sheet

It’s Dylan’s birthday on 27 October! 🎈 Why not help him celebrate by colouring in our specially designed sheet?

Download birthday colouring sheet


Autumn Acrostic

Autumn was a special season for Dylan as he was born on 27 October, and often wrote about this time of year in his poetry. Why not have a go yourself – use the template below to write an acrostic poem, with each line starting with the letters which spell out the word ‘autumn’.

Download autumn acrostic template


‘With his stick that picked up leaves’: How to make an autumn mobile

Decorations aren’t just for Christmas! Why not decorate your house with the beautiful autumn leaves that are helpfully falling from the trees? 

Make your own autumn mobile


Swansea Marina Dylan Thomas Trail

If you live locally to Swansea Marina, why not combine your daily exercise with some
culture, and enjoy a Dylan Thomas-themed wander through part of the Maritime Quarter? This gentle, flat stroll is around 1 kilometre in length, and can take 20 – 25 minutes.

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