Watch Artist Ian Brownlie as he shows you how to make your own shadow puppet and put on your own play at home, all inspired by a beautiful puppet at Kettle's Yard.

Download the instructions here


Make a whole zoo of shadow puppets, inspired by those from South East Asia at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

All you need is some paper, colouring pencils or pens, scissors, a pencil and sticky tape.

Download an ELEPHANT puppet template here

Have a go at making balloon rockets to race with your friends. Discover how mass affects how far the rocket travels.

Download the activity here.

The Naseby was a built in 1655 and was the most famous ship in Oliver Cromwell’s navy. It had 80 guns, and 650 men lived and worked on it! 

Learn more about the ship and then have a go at creating your model and set sail for adventure.

Download the activity here.

If you've had a go at making your own shadow puppets, why not make a puppet theatre and use this to perform to your friends and family! What story will you tell?

Download the activity here.

Museum Trails

If you are visiting the Museum with young children, why not download our Rainbow of Colour trail to print out and bring with you? It will keep the children entertained as they look for all the colourful specimens in the Museum, and they can even use it in the garden or any outdoor space too.


Early Years

Resources for Early Years pupils to aid exploration of the natural world

Key Stage 1

Resources suitable for pupils in Year 1 and Year 2

Artist Kaitlin Ferguson shows you how to make your own ichthyosaur using one of Mary Anning's fossils in the Sedgwick Museum’s collection as inspiration.

There are two different makes that you can try depending on how much time you have.

Make one: Ichthyosaur template

Make two: salt, flour and water to make salt dough (or plasticine or playdough)



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