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Free family activities and downloadable book from the National Portrait Gallery

If you are looking for some inspiration to keep families and children engaged with art during lockdown - or holidays - take a look at the free downloadable activity book based around portraits.

You can download the full activity book (PDF) directly from the National Portrait Gallery website, or explore the twelve different rebels, believers and dreamers by looking at each person individually. The website also includes additional activities linked to the theme - aimed at under 5s, 6-8 years, 9-11 years or 12+ years.

Some of the brilliant people featured include:

  • Malala Yousafzai
  • Zaha Hadid
  • Harold Moody
  • Noor Khan
  • The Bronte Sisters
  • Ben Whishaw
  • Nick Park
This free activity book is for children and families and features portraits of rebels, believers and dreamers; people who pushed against boundaries and got amazing things done. You can download the whole activity book, or you can explore by sitter (person). You will find things to do, draw and make, as well as links to extra resources. Discover more about the Gallery’s Collection and these brilliant people whilst having fun!


free resources, museums, art, age 3-5, age 5-7, age 7-11, age 11-14