Activities and Downloads
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Jack Frost Word Game
How many different words can you make from the letters contained in the name ‘Jack Frost’?
‘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!
‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’ Christmas Tree 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.
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?
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?
Design a birthday cake for Dylan!
Can you design a birthday cake for him to enjoy on his special day?
Birthday Colouring Sheet
It’s Dylan’s birthday on 27 October! Why not help him celebrate by colouring in our specially designed sheet?
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’.
‘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?
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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