World Oceans Day crafts: explore Antarctica at home

Feeling inspired this World Oceans Day? Take part in exclusive craft activities and learn more about our ocean and Antarctica.

World Oceans Day at Royal Museums Greenwich

Sea creatures: make your own World Oceans Day print

Join artist Joanna McCormick and design your very own wonderful sea creature! Create a collage depicting the sound, movement and colour of a krill swimming through the Southern Ocean. What are krill, and why are they important?

Things you might need:

  • Oil pastels
  • Watercolour paints
  • Brushes and jars of water
  • An old toothbrush
  • Ice cubes, sea salt and cotton pads or tissues

Engine Room: create an ocean diagram using potato prints

The ocean around Antarctica is sometimes described as the 'engine room' of our planet's climate. Well, now you can create your own ocean engine room with students from University of the Arts London. Learn printing techniques using things you might find in your kitchen.

Wind, Water and Ice - create art from plastic bags

Re-use old plastic bags and create something wonderful with artist Anna Kompaniets.

Cold and hot - Floral Chi Kung with Metafleur

The circumpolar current is responsible for keeping Antarctica cool – it is also a part of a larger network of ocean currents that regulate the planet’s climate and deliver nutrients to all marine life.

In this special demonstration of chi kung, Antarctica is represented as a bouquet, with hands removing and swirling the stems in movements associated with restoring equilibrium in chi gong. The stems, made using foraged dried alliums, peel on and off in addition / subtraction of ice due to hot and cold currents. The crossed stems of the bouquet are the central focus to suggest balance both above and under the waterline, and the functioning relationship between both.

I hope the work makes you question scale and balance – how our own realigning can hopefully be reflected in larger systems throughout the world which we must respond to collectively in order to re-address the harmony.

Alice McCabe - Metafleur