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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Find out about Medieval gingerbread and have a go at making your own with The Fitzwilliam Museum.

Learn how to make a mooncake in this video with Cambridge Chine Centre and The Fitzwilliam Museum.

Complete the dot-to-dot drawing of Henri Fantin-Latour's painting 'White Cup and Saucer'. Add colour to create your own design.  

Make your own musical instrument based on the monochord in the Whipple Museum!

How to make your own DIY perfume. Inspired by The Fitzwilliam Museum's Scent from Nature exhibition.

A simple kid-friendly tutorial on how to make pot pourri from The Fitzwilliam Museum Learning team. Inspired by their special exhibition Scent from Nature. 

A fun story from The Fitzwilliam Museum about flowers competing to be the chosen bloom for a painting.

Museum of Classical Archaeology

What are the hands of our casts up to?
This self- led quiz like activity will show you the parts of our statues which are often overlooked, and test your detective skills!

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be one of our casts? This activity will take you through a yoga-like routine, letting you try out some of the casts’ poses.

 

 

University Library

In the past, books like the ones in the Cambridge University Library Special Collections, were handmade and handwritten. 

Follow this step by step tutorial to make your own handmade notebook, inspired by the Greek Medieval Collections at the Library. 

University Library

Create and reveal your own hidden message using this DIY invisible ink! What will your secret message say? And who will get to read it?

Museum of Cambridge

Follow the instructions to make your own 'Museum on a Shelf'.

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Join artist Susie Olczak for an arts and crafts workshop inspired by Ancient Greek and Roman statues.

David Parr House

A special colouring activity based on the beautiful patterned walls of the David Parr House.

Churches Conservation Trust - All Saints Church

Try making your own weather vane with this downloadable activity. 

Museum of Classical Archaeology

In this activity, you will find out more about the lives of elite women in Ancient Rome.

Which emperor's statue was thrown into a river in England? Which Roman invaded Britain first? Which emperor loved to sing? Find out in this activity. 

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Bake your own 'fossil' biscuits

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Trapped gas and explosive eruptions

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Kaitlin Ferguson show us how to make a geology zine inspired by Mary Anning's fossils

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Find out why Antarctic marine life is under threat from climate change with this easy experiment.

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Make a fluffy bee and learn some fun bee facts

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Escaping gas and eruptions

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Viscosity and violent volcanoes

The Fitzwilliam Museum

Get inspiration for your creative writing and enter the BBC Young Writers' Award.

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

How do we know what extinct creatures looked like when we only have fossil bones?

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Look, Copy, Make activities are designed for children with special educational needs and disability (SEND).

This activity is based on a Bronze age beaker from the Museum of Archaeology and Anthroplogy.

Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Look, Copy, Make activities are designed for children with special educational needs and disability (SEND).

This activity is based on a special animal globe from the Whipple Museum. 

Stained Glass Museum

Why save the fun for the evening? Grab some breakfast, get comfy and enjoy a morning story with the Stained Glass Museum.

Stained Glass Museum

Learn how to turn an old jar into a magical starry night. 

Norris Museum

Learn how to make a colourful star decoration using simple materials.

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

How to find fossils in flint gravel.

Cambridge Science Centre

Find out what happens when you mix colours with a this home made rainbow spinner.

Cambridge Science Centre

Use everyday items to make your own constellation viewer.

Great St Mary's Church

Make your own fancy Twilight star to hang in a window or as a decoration. 

Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey

Follow the story of Denny the Farmland field mouse and make some crafts along the way.

Churches Conservation Trust - All Saints Church

Try your hand at sketching a gruesome gargoyle.

Centre for Computing History

Use the micro:bit to learn how to 'launch' a rocket.

Centre for Computing History

Make an interactive 8-bit solar system using Scratch.

Museum of Zoology

Create your own Anglerfish mask 

Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Get outside and discover the stars above!

Cambridge Museum of Technology

Make your own shadow puppet and learn more about the science of shadows.

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Have fun using salt dough to make your own starfish.

The Polar Museum

Discover the beauty of the northern lights and learn more about the science of colour in this hands-on craft activity.

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

A fun, prehistoric-themed word search.

 

University Library

The sun and moon argue over whose light is best. Who do you think should win?

Kettle's Yard

Find out more about empathy and seeing things from a different point of view.

The Fitzwilliam Museum

Try out this cut-and-colour diorama to complete a Knight in armour.

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Try spending an evening like the Ancient Romans during winter.

Museum of Cambridge

Play a fun finding game using paper and torches.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 

Make your own wonderful water lily that blossoms on water.

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.

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

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.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 

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

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

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

The Fitzwilliam Museum

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

The Fitzwilliam Museum

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

The Fitzwilliam Museum

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

The Fitzwilliam Museum

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

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.

Museum of Zoology

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

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

Whipple Museum of the History of Science

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

The Polar Museum

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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 carved clay scarab beetle.

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

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

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

 

Kettle's Yard

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

The Fitzwilliam Museum

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

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

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.

 

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. 

 

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

Become a curator and make your own mini museum.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 

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

 

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.

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.

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.

 

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

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

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

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 

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

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 

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

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.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 

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

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.

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. 

If you've tried any of the activities from this year's Summer with the Museums line-up, let us know what you think for your chance to win a £50 voucher from Amazon!


 

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

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.

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 

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

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.

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.