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.
Get inspiration for your creative writing and enter the BBC Young Writers' Award.
How do we know what extinct creatures looked like when we only have fossil bones?
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.
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.
Why save the fun for the evening? Grab some breakfast, get comfy and enjoy a morning story with the Stained Glass Museum.
Learn how to turn an old jar into a magical starry night.
Learn how to make a colourful star decoration using simple materials.
Find out what happens when you mix colours with a this home made rainbow spinner.
Use everyday items to make your own constellation viewer.
Make your own fancy Twilight star to hang in a window or as a decoration.
Follow the story of Denny the Farmland field mouse and make some crafts along the way.
Try your hand at sketching a gruesome gargoyle.
Use the micro:bit to learn how to 'launch' a rocket.
Make an interactive 8-bit solar system using Scratch.
Get outside and discover the stars above!
Make your own shadow puppet and learn more about the science of shadows.
Have fun using salt dough to make your own starfish.
Discover the beauty of the northern lights and learn more about the science of colour in this hands-on craft activity.
A fun, prehistoric-themed word search.
The sun and moon argue over whose light is best. Who do you think should win?
Find out more about empathy and seeing things from a different point of view.
Try out this cut-and-colour diorama to complete a Knight in armour.
Try spending an evening like the Ancient Romans during winter.
Play a fun finding game using paper and torches.
Make your own wonderful water lily that blossoms on water.
Test your memory and wildlife knowledge with this matching game. You can play on your own or with another person.
Get creative with this fun (and fearsome!) dinosaur activity.
Learn how to make your own snowflake. Once you've got the hang of it, try making a whole snow storm!
Get inspired by the decorative lamps used by the Romans and create a design for your own lamp.
Brighten up your home this winter by this creative activity inspired by traditional Mosque lamps.
Have a go at creative activities inspired by the artist Alfred Wallis.
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.
Join artist Kaitlin Ferguson in a series of activities based on the statue of Nike, goddess of victory.
Join artist Kaitlin Ferguson in a series of activities based on polar exploration.
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.
Dive into a coral reef and discover how we can bring them back from the brink with this though-provoking craft.
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.
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.
Create a sculpture of an animal using materials from inside your home.
Science is everywhere - you just need to know where to look. Find out more in this fact-filled film.
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.
A huge choice of activities for families to look, think and make in response to incredible artworks and artefacts at the Fitzwilliam Museum.
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
This simple craft shows you how to make a crocodile out of a clothes peg, mummification is optional!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Get up close to Komodo dragons and discover how they could be the key to conserving wild places.
Investigate some of the coats of arms hiding in our churches then follow a step by step guide to
designing your own.
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!
Create your own night-time wildlife mobile using our quick guide and tutorial the videos.
We challenge you to use the materials around you to create a creature!
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
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.
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.
Normally found in the krill-rich waters of the Arctic and Antarctic, make your own humpback whale to join your home pod!
We're sorry you can't visit us at the moment. With this video and activity pack, you can make your own museum!
Trick your friends and family by serving up these tasty desserts that look just like plants growing in soil.
Throw a party! Learn about why 21 June is celebrated in Antarctica, and organise your own party.
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
Colour in our friendly calculator and see how many mathematical things you can find around you.
Find out how to make a mini flower press to start your own collection of pressed flowers.
Even if you don’t have a garden you can still grow plenty of plants on your windowsill.
Learn about the science of petal colour and use real pigments from plants and special flower tricks to paint like a petal.
Time to form a huddle! Follow our instructions to make a penguin from a square of paper.
In 1910, Frank Debenham set off on an Antarctic adventure. Explore our collections to help him pack!
Producing a newspaper was a polar expedition tradition! Find out more, and make your own report from home.
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.
Explore a wide range of objects from Antarctica in this short film about clothing in Antarctica.
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!
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.
Art To Go is a video series from Kettle’s Yard bringing easy, creative workshops for all ages and abilities to your own home.
Find out about bee vision and make a special rainbow using the colours bees see.
Join in with the Pebble Challenge. Explore artworks, objects and ideas from the Kettle’s Yard Collection to create your own art.
Explorers doodling in diaries! Discover some of the secrets of expedition diaries then have a go at making your own.
This resource is designed to help you Look, Think, and Do inspired by 'The Last of England by Ford Madox Brown.
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.
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.
A collection of creative activities for families to do at home created by Enni-Kukka Tuomala for Kettle's Yard Open House.
Learn more about Greek Pottery and use one of our templates to design your own inspired by sherds from our collection.
To celebrate our 'Dawn of the Wonderchicken' online exhibition by Daniel Field, learn how you can build a bird.
Learn about flowers and pollination and create your own super flower.
Shine a light on this Islamic mosque lamp from the Fitzwilliam Museum Collections.
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.
Colour in our microscope and find and draw other things in your home which use the science of glass and lenses.
Time to hop to it! Follow a video to make your own jumping frog from a square of paper.
Explore a wide range of objects from Antarctica in this short film about science in Antarctica.
Gather some paper and colours to take part in a Springtime colour hunt inspired by Monet's Springtime.
Make your own dinosaur feet to wear over your shoes. It will be roarsome.
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!