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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Museum of Zoology

Test your memory and wildlife knowledge with this matching game. You can play on your own or with another person.

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Get creative with this fun (and fearsome!) dinosaur activity.

The Polar Museum

Learn how to make your own snowflake. Once you've got the hang of it, try making a whole snow storm!

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Get inspired by the decorative lamps used by the Romans and create a design for your own lamp. 

The Fitzwilliam Museum

Brighten up your home this winter by this creative activity inspired by traditional Mosque lamps.

Kettle's Yard

Get creative with our new family activity kit, which you can try at home. Find out more about Alfred Wallis and have a go at creative activities inspired by the artist and the exhibition.

Download the Alfred Wallis activity sheet here

 

Kettle's Yard

Have a go at creative activities inspired by the artist Alfred Wallis.

Try to make your own Ichthyosaur and dinosaur bones.

 

 

Think about how the Fin whale moves. Have a go at making your own fins and a tail! Aimed at children with special educational needs and disability but suitable for everyone.

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Join artist Kaitlin Ferguson in a series of activities based on the statue of Nike, goddess of victory. 

The Polar Museum

Join artist Kaitlin Ferguson in a series of activities based on polar exploration.

Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Join artist Kaitlin Ferguson in a series of activities based on telescopes and exploration.

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

 

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.

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

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

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

Museum of Zoology

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

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

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

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

Museum of Classical Archaeology

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

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

Museum of Zoology

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

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.

The Fitzwilliam Museum

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

Did you know that Victorians didn’t wash their clothes regularly? Find out more about this and other unusual facts about the Victorians.

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. 

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

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.

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

Follow craft film that takes inspiration from a 14th century stone carved grotesque from Tydd St. Giles, Cambridgeshire, that is part of the Wisbech and Fenland Museum collection

Watch this short film to make your own paper inspired by the Ancient Egyptians.

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

Have a go at this super-easy craft and make this leopard a new friend.

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

 

The Fitzwilliam Museum

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

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.

 

Become a curator and make your own mini museum.

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. 

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

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. 

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

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 the Vikings, including Viking runes and nicknames, and how they made beautiful jewellery such as the amazing Aedwen’s brooch.

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

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

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

 

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

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

Enjoy Bronze Age themed activities and crafts!

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

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

Be inspired by the 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.

 

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

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

Museum of Zoology

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

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

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

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

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.

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

Museum of Zoology

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

Museum of Zoology

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

Whipple Museum of the History of Science

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

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...

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?  

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.  

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.  

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

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!

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

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

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

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.

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!

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!

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

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

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

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 

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

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 

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

The Polar Museum

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

The Polar Museum

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

The Polar Museum

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

The Polar Museum

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

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

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

The Polar Museum

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

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

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.

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.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 

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

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.

The Polar Museum

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

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Fancy more of a challenge than colouring?

The Fitzwilliam Museum

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

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.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 

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

The Fitzwilliam Museum

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

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

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

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

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

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. 

 

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. 

Museum of Zoology

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

The Polar Museum

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

The Fitzwilliam Museum

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

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

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

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!

The Fitzwilliam Museum

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