Looking for fun learning activities to try at home? From wildlife wanders to stories inspired by paintings, take your pick from a growing selection inspired by the University collections.

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The Fitzwilliam Museum

We all love rainbows! Here's a quick rainbow painting by Nathan Huxtable that you can try at home. 

 

 

The Fitzwilliam Museum

Listen to the story of Vanessa the Lost Butterfly, inspired by the painting ‘Flowers in a Glass Vase’ by Davidsz de Heem. Written and performed by Nicola Wallis. 

Museum of Zoology

Take a look out of your window. What can you see? A bird in the tree over the road? A butterfly fluttering past, dancing from flower to flower? Now you can turn your wildlife sightings into points with Open Your Window Bingo!

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Make your own dinosaur feet to wear over your shoes. It will be roarsome. 

The Fitzwilliam Museum

Gather some paper and colours to take part in a Springtime colour hunt inspired by Monet's Springtime. 

The Polar Museum

Explore a wide range of objects from Antarctica in this short film about science in Antarctica.

Museum of Zoology

Time to hop to it! Follow a video to make your own jumping frog from a square of paper.

Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Colour in our microscope and find and draw other things in your home which use the science of glass and lenses. 

Based on the hit adventure book Hidden Tales: Riddle of the White Sphinx, discover plenty of fun things to do while at home and a treasure hunt to look forward to when the museums reopen. 

 

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Get creative with some colouring and find out which dinosaurs lived in Cambridge

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Too sunny? Make a dinosaur visor to keep you cool.

The Fitzwilliam Museum

Shine a light on this Islamic mosque lamp from the Fitzwilliam Museum Collections. 

The Fitzwilliam Museum

Delve in and discover more about this exciting recent archaeological find. This resource will guide you through three activities to Look closely, Think deeper and Do something practical.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 

Learn about flowers and pollination and create your own super flower.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 

Ever wanted to design your own garden?  Well here’s your chance!  Have a go at this activity and create a miniature paradise for one of your toys.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 

Go on a wildflower wander with a difference – help others to enjoy the natural treasures that so often go unnoticed by creating tiny signs next to them.

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

To celebrate our new 'Dawn of the Wonderchicken' online exhibition by Daniel Field, learn how you can build a bird.

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Learn more about Greek Pottery and use one of our templates to design your own inspired by sherds from our collection.

Kettle's Yard

A collection of creative activities for families to do at home created by Enni-Kukka Tuomala for Kettle's Yard Open House.

Have a go at making your own version of Shadow Play by Bridget Riley. 

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 

Arrange a seed share and spread a little cheer in your neighbourhood.

The Fitzwilliam Museum

An animated story for younger children, featuring some favourite paintings from the Museum's collection. Follow the adventure of the Red Scarf as it floats through different artworks, meeting different characters along the way.

The Fitzwilliam Museum

This resource is designed to help you Look, Think, and Do inspired by 'The Last of England by Ford Madox Brown. 

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Fancy more of a challenge than colouring?

The Polar Museum

Explorers doodling in diaries! Discover some of the secrets of expedition diaries then have a go at making your own.

Kettle's Yard

Join in with the Pebble Challenge. Explore artworks, objects and ideas from the Kettle’s Yard Collection to create your own art.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 

Find out about bee vision and make a special rainbow using the colours bees see. 

Kettle's Yard

Art To Go is a video series from Kettle’s Yard bringing easy, creative workshops for all ages and abilities to your own home.

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Whipple Museum of the History of Science, The Polar Museum, Museum of Zoology, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Museum of Classical Archaeology, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge University Botanic Garden 

Want to get creative? The Discover Arts Award is a great chance to make art, discover artists who inspire you and to share your artwork with family and friends. 


 

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 

Flowers are fantastic!  Not only do they look and smell great but they do one of the most important jobs for plants – flowers make seeds.

Find out more about scientists through history - use our three posters to start an exhibition and then create your own! 

The Polar Museum

Make your own fabric narwhal, and learn a few fun facts about the 'unicorn of the sea'.

The Polar Museum

Explore a wide range of objects from Antarctica in this short film about clothing in Antarctica.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 

Capture the beauty of leaves by making some dazzling foil art.

Would you like to find out more about the totem pole in the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology? Have a go at making your own totem pole based on the story of your family.

The Polar Museum

Entertainment for explorers! Listen to a 200 year old musical instrument, and have a go at making your own music.

The Polar Museum

Producing a newspaper was a polar expedition tradition! Find out more, and make your own report from home.

The Polar Museum

In 1910, Frank Debenham set off on an Antarctic adventure. Explore our collections to help him pack!

The Polar Museum

Time to form a huddle! Follow our instructions to make a penguin from a square of paper.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 

Learn about the science of petal colour and use real pigments from plants and special flower tricks to paint like a petal.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 

Even if you don’t have a garden you can still grow plenty of plants on your windowsill. 

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 

Find out how to make a mini flower press to start your own collection of pressed flowers.

Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Colour in our friendly calculator and see how many mathematical things you can find around you. 

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 

Grab your felt tips and get busy with these colouring challenges from the Botanic Garden. 

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 

Have a go at this simple game to test your memory skills and to get to know different plants. Make it easy or super hard – it’s up to you

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 

Make a wonderful wild weaving from plants you find in your garden or out on a walk. 

The Polar Museum

Throw a party! Learn about why 21 June is celebrated in Antarctica, and organise your own party.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 

Trick your friends and family by serving up these tasty desserts that look just like plants growing in soil.

The Polar Museum

We're sorry you can't visit us at the moment. With this video and activity pack, you can make your own museum!

The Polar Museum

Normally found in the krill-rich waters of the Arctic and Antarctic, make your own humpback whale to join your home pod!

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 

After a few rounds of this wildflower bingo game you’ll be pointing out wildflowers and shouting out their names wherever you go. Download now, print and play.

In this activity, learn more about the fun coding language Scratch create your own a simple chase game.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to write code in Python and create fun geometric patterns using the Python Turtle tool

Discover the basics of programming using a BBC Microcomputer from 1981.

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Ancient heroes came in all shapes and sizes. In this activity you will make your own hero inspired by our collection!

Do you miss seeing our fantastic fossils case at the museum? Create your own version at home, but with living Jurassic sea creatures! 

Make some salt dough hanging decorations inspired by your favourite museum
objects.  

Do you miss seeing our amazing pottery at the museum? Create your own version of a pinch
pot at home with air drying clay! All you need is air drying clay and some paints.  

We are all currently living through history right now. Create a time capsule for your future
self to look back on what life was like during these unusual times.  

Have you got a bit of a sweet tooth? Love baking? Would like to learn? Would like to try something simple, but also a bit different?  

This mammoth can shed its coat in an instant, a great way to keep cool this summer! He doesn't look too happy about it though...

Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Colour in our globe and create some worlds of your own! 

Museum of Zoology

We challenge you to use the materials around you to create a creature!

Museum of Zoology

Create your own night-time wildlife mobile using our quick guide and tutorial the videos.

Celebrate Burwell’s famous mill by making your own rainbow windmill.

Learn how to make scrummy ice-cream without using a freezer or an ice-cream maker!

 

In this activity, we take you through creating a Parachute game using Scratch (the fun coding language!).

 In this tutorial, we show you how to create your own interactive story or adventure game!

Learn how to write code in Python and create a 1982 Tron-like game!

Explore All Saints church using this amazing virtual tour to find five fascinating features!

Take a closer look at the incredible detail in the stunning stained glass windows at All Saints Church then have a go at creating your own!

 

Find out about gargoyles and grotesques, then fashion your own fearsome face!

Investigate some of the coats of arms hiding in our churches then follow a step by step guide to
designing your own.

Who was Oliver Cromwell? Find out more with these fun activities.

Learn about Roman pottery and how to identify the different types and Roman coins too.

Museum of Zoology

Get up close to Komodo dragons and discover how they could be the key to conserving wild places.

Make your own fearsome Anglo Saxon helmet and beautiful jewelled brooch!

Learn about flowers and insects with objects and pictures from the Ely Museum collection & make lots of fun bug & flower themed crafts!

Be inspired by our beautiful Fenland landscape and make your own farming themed crafts. Learn
about traditional farming tools and learn about Fen folklore as you visit the Wise Woman!

 

Make your own eel-inspired crafts, listen to ‘The Eel Fishers‘ song and learn lots of new facts about eels too!

Learn about rationing and evacuees and have fun making some WW2 inspired crafts!

Enjoy Bronze Age themed activities and crafts!

Learn all about fossils and enjoy a prehistoric creature themed scavenger hunt & lots of fun activities too!

We challenge you to create your own City of Ely Sports Day themed race!

Learn more about the history of the gaol and the prisoners that were kept in Ely’s gaol.

 

Learn all about how and why the fens were drained and who opposed the plans too!

Find out more about the castle and have fun with castle-themed crafts.

Learn all about the Vikings, including how they made their beautiful jewellery such as the amazing
Aedwen’s brooch as well as learning about Viking runes and nicknames!

In July 1940, the new RAF Hospital in Ely opened! Celebrating its 80th anniversary, we’ve explored the history of the military hospital and have created some fun hospital themed crafts for you to enjoy.

Learn all about different types of coins including Roman coins, Ely tokens and coins across the world!

Moving images are all around us, but they haven't always been. In Victorian times, about 150 years ago, inventors were taking the first steps towards creating moving pictures by making optical illusion toys. 

Make up your own rhymes and stories with these fun finger puppets!

Stone age people made jewellery out of bits of bone, tooth, tusks, shells and stones. Find out how to make your own out of salt dough. 

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 

In this fun activity from the Botanic Garden, learn how to make your own plant based paint. 

 

Become a curator and make your own mini museum.

In this activity from the Museum of Classical Archaeology, find out to make a family portrait using some tips from the Romans!

The natural world is full of different habitats. Find out more about how animals have developed amazing features which have helped them adapt to their environment. 

 

Roundels are small circular windows illustrated with glass paint which can be found in older churches and houses. In this activity, learn how to make your own roundel decoration using everyday items.

 

In this activity from the Fitzwilliam Museum, discover all sorts of adventure - without leaving home!

The Fitzwilliam Museum

In this activity from the Fitzwilliam Museum, make a portrait of someone who is special to you.

Kettle's Yard

In this activity from Kettle's Yard, learn how to make your own hanging 3D model. 

This simple craft shows you how to make a crocodile out of a clothes peg, mummification is optional!

 

In this activity from the University Library, learn how to make a concertina accordion book.

Have a go at our super-easy craft and make our leopard a new friend!

Follow this short tutorial to make your own carved clay scarab beetle.

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

In this activity from the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, find out more about Bronze Age pottery.

Follow this short tutorial to make your own paper inspired by the Ancient Egyptians.

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

In this activity from the Sedgwick Museum, find out how to make a decorative sun catcher to hang in a window.

Follow this clay tutorial that takes inspiration from a 14th century stone carved grotesque from Tydd St. Giles, Cambridgeshire, that is part of the Wisbech & Fenland Museum collection

Find out more about Victorian lighting and complete this tricky dot-to-dot puzzle from the Museum of Technology.

In this activity from the Museum of Cambridge, get some ideas to start your own special collection.

The Polar Museum

In this activity from the Polar Museum, get ready for a polar adventure.

Whipple Museum of the History of Science

In this activity from the Whipple Museum, learn how to make a spinning optical illusion model.

In this activity from Wisbech and Fenland Museum, make a tiny model of your favourite room.

Museum of Zoology

In this activity from the Museum of Zoology, learn more about butterflies and make your own butterfly collage.

Discover loads of FREE summer holiday activities in this summer holiday family programme.

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Which emperor's statue was thrown into a river in England? Which Roman invaded Britain first? Which emperor loved to sing? Find out in our new activity - all about the Romans who invaded Britain.

Learn about the history of Jumping Jack toys and make your own.

The Fitzwilliam Museum

A huge choice of activities for families to look, think and make in response to incredible artworks and artefacts at the Fitzwilliam Museum. 

Did you know that Victorians didn’t wash their clothes regularly? Find out more about this and other unusual facts about the Victorians, doing our fun activities for all the family!

The Fitzwilliam Museum

All you need is a view from your window and a bar of soap to make your own Hepworth sculpture.

The Fitzwilliam Museum

Find out more about the significance of the dragon to Chinese people and get making a shadow puppet.

The Fitzwilliam Museum

Got something you care about? Take inspiration from the passionate suffragists and suffragettes.

The Fitzwilliam Museum

Here the story of how Emperor Hadrian showed his love for Antinous and make your own wreath for someone you love.

Learn how to turn an everyday milk carton into a cosy home for our creepy-crawly friends. 

Learn how to create your own self-portrait in collage form. 

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 

Learn amazing facts about orchids and find out how to make your own paper orchid flower in this special film.

Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Science is everywhere - you just need to know where to look. Find out more in this fact-filled film.

Museum of Zoology

Create a sculpture of an animal using materials from inside your home. 

Take a tour of the Museum of Technology's historic printing presses then learn how to design your own print.

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Follow the step-by-step instructions in this film and learn how to draw an Ancient Greek temple.

Follow the step-by-step instructions in this film and make your own Tiny Tower book.

Discover the secrets and hidden stories behind the White Horse Inn, now home to the Museum of Cambridge.

Find a brilliant, arty use for everyday items around your home.

Museum of Zoology

Dive into a coral reef and discover how we can bring them back from the brink with this though-provoking craft.

Learn more about the lives of Victorians at work and at play. Have a go at making Victorian inspired visual illusion toys.

Make your own museum in a box and learn how to make your own museum labels and plan a tour. 

Learn more about ancient Greece and its heroes and monsters then have a go at designing your own.

Did you know there are 10 other Elys to be found dotted across the world – including two in the United Kingdom? Find out more about each of them below and then have a go at some fun activities inspired by our fellow Elyians.

Find out to how to make your own shadow puppet monster using materials from around the home.