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Hello! My name is Lumen. Lumen is the Latin word for 'light'.

I've put together some challenges for you to do while you're at home.

They'll help you to explore different languages, while at the same time allowing you to be artistic and creative, which is great for your wellbeing.

I'd love to see your completed challenges!

You can share them with me via Twitter (I'm @LightBulbLangs), on my Facebook page or on Instagram.

Please use the hashtags that you'll see at the top of each challenge.

New challenges will be announced on my blog and on social media.

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Make a bookmark which features your favourite word or phrase in another language.

Challenges last updated February 9, 2021


Find out how to say the numbers 1 to 5 in another language, then add them to the printable which you can then decorate.

Download the printable


Create a mirrored image of an animal word in another language, and decorate it to look like that animal.

You can use a drawing app on your tablet or phone, or good old pencil and paper. Here's an example of the French word lion.






















































































Have a look at the Light Bulb Languages #LanguageLinks.

Choose one you like and illustrate it in your own way.


Print out your favourite letter from the printable, and decorate it.

In the white space around the letter, write some words in another language that start with this letter or have the letter in them.

Download the printable


Make an origami box (there are lots of instructions online).

Stick extra pieces onto your box to turn it into something else, for example an animal or something you might use in your home. You could also colour or paint it.

Find some words in another language to describe your modified box. They might be nouns (what is it?), adjectives (what does it look like?) or verbs (what does it do?)


Make a game of pairs (sometimes called memory or pelmanism) in another language and play it with a family member.

You'll need a set of picture cards and the matching word cards. To get a pair, you have to turn over a picture card and its matching word card.


Make a piece of art inspired by Paul Klee's Once Emerged from the Gray of Night.

Divide your paper into small squares - 2cm squares are a good size - with faint pencil lines.

Find a phrase or saying that you like in another language, and write it in some of the boxes.

Then colour in the boxes and the spaces left by the letters to complete your artwork.

Here is an example:


Make a minibook from a single piece of A4 paper and choose some words, phrases or sentences to put in it. Then illustrate your book!



Choose a short text, poem or rhyme in another language and create an illuminated text of it.

An illuminated text is one where the writing is decorated. The first letter of the text is usually large and highly decorated. Have a look at some illuminated manuscripts online to give you some ideas.


Use an animation app and some objects in your house to make a short stop-motion animated film. Then provide a voiceover or subtitles in another language.


Use some ink or paint (make sure it's washable!) and a black pen or pencil to create some finger print characters like these:

What can these characters say in another language?


Make a concertina book. Which words and phrases in another language can you put on the concertina?



Find a simple colouring-in picture, and instead of colouring in the sections, fill them with words in another language that have something to do with the picture. The words might be colours, or the names of things on the picture. Here are some examples:


Use objects in your house to spell out words in another language. For example, you could use cutlery to spell out the French word "DÎNER". You could also use things you find outside during your daily walk.