It is really unusual for a palaeontologist (scientist who study fossils) to find a complete skeleton with all the bones in the right place. We are more likely to find only a few bones or a jumbled up skeleton.

Putting a skeleton back to together when you know what the animal looks like can be a challenge, but imagine how hard that becomes when there are no more of those creatures alive for you look at. It is a bit like trying to put a jigsaw puzzle together when you don’t have the photo on the box as a guide.

To make your zine you will need:

  • a sheet of paper
  • coloured pencils or pens
  • coloured paper
  • some glue
  • fossils, rocks, pebbles for inspiration

 

Download the zine folding instructions and watch the video below

 

It is really unusual for a palaeontologist (scientist who study fossils) to find a complete skeleton with all the bones in the right place. We are more likely to find only a few bones or a jumbled up skeleton.

Putting a skeleton back to together when you know what the animal looks like can be a challenge, but imagine how hard that becomes when there are no more of those creatures alive for you look at. It is a bit like trying to put a jigsaw puzzle together when you don’t have the photo on the box as a guide.

A gargoyle is a fantastic carved face or creature which acts as a rainwater spout, pouring water away from a building. This activity shows you how to sketch a spooky, twilight silhouette. 

Oil lamps were the ancient Roman equivalent to light bulbs. These lamps were made from different materials including metal, glass, stone, clay and shell. Clay ones were very popular and often decorated with interesting designs.

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

Download the activity here

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.

We would love to see how Alfred Wallis has inspired you. Share your creations with us on social media @kettlesyard or email us with feedback learning@kettlesyard.cam.ac.uk.

Download the Alfred Wallis activity sheet here

This resource comes from our bank of Look, Think, Do resources on the Fitzwilliam Museum website.

Have a look at this penny coin that was stamped by a Suffragette in the early 1900s with a very important message. And what about these signs that show what people care about now? Make your own with this guidance.

In this activity you can see busts of Julius Caesar, Claudius, Nero and Hadrian from the museum. Find out more about each one, how they are connected to the history of Britain, and complete the activities to learn more! 

At the end you will find instructions on how to create your own comic about the life of emperor Claudius! 

The Whipple Museum has a large collection of globes from different times and places. Some of them are of the Earth, like this one which you can colour in - what countries can you see on it? Other globes in the collection are of the moon, different planets or the night sky with all the stars.

In this activity you will learn about mythical heroes and gods, and see their representations in our museum. You will then be invited to create your own hero or heroine! You can also see an example of a hero created by our education team. 

    You will need: 

    • paper, pencils, colouring pencils or pens
    • the instructions! 

    You can find the instructions for this (and other activities) here:

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