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Science at Home

Posted: 11 January 2021

The world's a little bit strange still – something we wish we were not still saying in 2021 – and with schools now operating remotely, we wanted to share with our audience some of the online resources from our Festival Venue and Programming partners that we love for keeping little hands busy and young brains occupied.

Edinburgh Science – Kid's Lab

Here's a wide range of activities for children aged 5–11 that you can do at home using what you already have.

When we’re not working on a virtual Festival, Edinburgh Science sees over 60,000 young people every year in our immersive, hands-on workshops, shows and events. Our shows and workshops are designed to engage young learners using larger-than-life props, actions and experiments.

We can’t recreate all that in your living room, but we hope that the activities on these pages can get you thinking about various topics and spark an enthusiasm for science at home!

Kids Lab

Dynamic Earth Online

Discover fun, fascinating activities created by the Dynamic Earth Learning Service, ranging from experiments and crafts, climate change science and stories, short videos, and thought-provoking reading and more! Be sure to check back in regularly for new content every week.

Dynamic Earth

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh – Marley's School of Online Magic 

Join Marley the Botanics' cat in his School of Garden Magic. Explore the weird and wonderful world of plants and meet some magical creatures too. For the curious of all ages!

The home school activities are aligned with the Scottish curriculum, created in honour of Marley, the Botanics’ very own black cat. Topics cover science, expressive arts, health and wellbeing and many more and will be updated regularly. 

Marley's School of Online Magic

RZSS Edinburgh Zoo – Online Learning

ZOOdle is the Zoo's 'Digital Learning Environment' packed full with wide range of online materials including games, free short courses and teaching resources, there's something for everyone to learn more about conservation!


National Museum of Scotland – Museum at Home

Have fun with Lego, get outside to explore the natural world or try out some new activities – from sketching some of our favourite objects to designing new patterns inspired by paper art from Mexico. Museum at Hom has even got a family workout – stretch like a big cat, jump like a monkey or just relax like a Buddha. 

Museum at Home