Home Workshops

All these workshops are for you to do at home using minimal equipment.
Check out our latest workshops below, or explore by topic and age-group using the tag list on the left.

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Micro:bit Tutorials

The CNRL Library Innovation Studio is doing a tutorial series on coding the Micro:bit. It can be done through a browser with a virtual Micro:bit. This is aimed at upper primary/lower secondary and is great for kids learning from home!

The Micro:bit Tutorial 4 – Radio Communication

The Micro:bit Radio Tutorial 4 by the CNRL Library Innovation Studio. The tutorial uses the Makecode website to program a virtual Micro:bit from with your browser. It can be found at https://makecode.microbit.org/

Micro:bit Tutorial 3 – Turtle Graphics

This Micro:bit Turtle Tutorial is by the CNRL Library Innovation Studio. The tutorial uses the Makecode website to program a virtual Micro:bit from within your browser. It can be found at https://makecode.microbit.org/

Micro:bit Tutorial 2 – Decisions and Loops

In this tutorial you will work with a virtual micro:bit – code along free at makecode.microbit.org!

Micro:bit Tutorial 1 – The Screen

In this tutorial you will work with a virtual micro:bit – code along free at makecode.microbit.org!

Everything else!

The CNRL Library Innovation Studio is creating workshops you can do at home with things commonly found around the house and garden. They are aimed at teens, primary, preschool and adults - you'll learn some science but the main thing is to have some fun!

Balloon Weather Station! FAST School Holiday Workshops
Baloon Barometer Weather Station

Make your own barometer to predict the rain and learn about air pressure in this fun science workshop!

Stop Motion Animation! FAST School Holiday Workshop
Stop-Motion Animation

Make your own Stop Motion Animation in this fun art and technology workshop!

Bottle Xylophone! FAST School Holiday Workshop
Bottle Xylophone

Make a bottle xylophone with bottles, spoons, water – and either an ear for music or an app in this fun musical science workshop! If you want to use the app mentioned in this workshop, download it for Android or Apple devices. The app is advert-supported and may contain in-app purchases, so check with an adult first.

Monster Eggs! FAST School Holiday Workshop
Monster Eggs

Creep out everyone when you create these amazing monster eggs in this fun art workshop!

Festy Fake Wounds! FAST School Holiday Workshop
Fake special effects wound make-up

Scare your friends with fake wounds in this fun art workshop!

Edible Garden! FAST School Holiday Workshops
Cress

Grow your own edible garden in this fun science workshop!

Celery Straws! FAST School Holiday Workshop
Celery xylem experiment

Discover how plants transport water and nutrients in this colourful science workshop!

Fabulous Foil Art! FAST School Holiday Workshop
Tinfoil Art

Create amazing shiny pictures and jewelry with this fun art workshop!

Stained Glass Biscuits! FAST School Holiday Workshop
Stained-glass Biscuits

Make amazing see-through Stained Glass Biscuits in this fun cooking workshop!

Chocolate Crackles! FAST School Holiday Workshop
Classic Chocolate Crackles

Make our classic chocolate crackles in this delicious cooking workshop!

Sherbet! FAST School Holiday Workshop
Sherbet

Make your own sherbet with this fun cooking workshop!

UFO Mini Pizzas! FAST School Holiday Workshop
UFO Mini Pizzas

Create edible UFOs (mini pizzas) with this fun cooking workshop!

Fast Scones! FAST School Holiday Workshops
3 Ingredient Scones

Make scones from just three ingredients – and pair them with butter and jam you can make yourself in our other workshops!

Home-made Microwave Jam! FAST School Holiday Workshop
Microwave Jam

Make your own Jam in the microwave with this fun cooking workshop!

Home-made Butter! FAST School Holiday Workshop
Home-made Butter

Make your own Butter using marbles in this fun cooking workshop!

Home-made Ice Cream! FAST School Holiday Workshop
Home-made Ice Cream

Learn how to make Ice Cream at home two different ways – one with just a banana and a blender, the other by whisking Cream and Evaporated Milk together. Discover how to add all sorts of amazing and crazy flavours, including Chocolate Freckle Rainbow Ice Cream, Mango Ice Cream, Mint Choc-Chip Ice Cream – and even Massaman Curry Ice Cream!

Chocolate Bananas! FAST School Holiday Workshop
Chocolate Bananas

Create delicious chocolate-coated banana treats with this fun cooking workshop!

Rainbow Periscope! Home Workshop
Rainbow Periscope

Fill your world with rainbows with our periscope – all you need is a cardboard tube, 2 old CD/DVD discs, some tape – and a pair of scissors!

The Micro:bit Tutorial 4 – Radio Communication

The Micro:bit Radio Tutorial 4 by the CNRL Library Innovation Studio. The tutorial uses the Makecode website to program a virtual Micro:bit from with your browser. It can be found at https://makecode.microbit.org/

Cardboard Construction Kit! Engineering Home Workshop
Free cardboard contruction kit robot

Make this practically free toy construction set to build anything you can imagine. All you need is unwanted cardboard and a pair of scissors!

Gummi Gifts! Cooking Home Workshop
Gummi Lolly Art

Make love hearts, dinosaurs – all sorts of shapes – with gummi bear lollies, scissors, baking paper and an oven. The perfect sweet gift for Mothers Day, Birthdays, Valentines Day – or any day!

2 minute Cake! Cooking Home Workshop
microwaved cake in a mug

Fancy some cake? You could be eating a great big mug of cake in 2 minutes if you stir quick enough! All you need is a microwave, a mug and a tablespoon – no other equipment! Find out how in our video.

CNRL Interactive Science Workshop – Fun With Bicarb

Join Amy and Julian as they have some fun with Bicarb Soda.

Bubble Snake! Messy Science Home Workshop
Bubble Snake

Why use a one-hole bubble wand when you could have a thousand-hole bubble snake? All you need is scissors, a sock, a bottle and an elastic band – then you can fill your garden, your bath, your world with bubbles! We’ll show you how to make bubble mixture too with just water and dishwashing liquid.

CNRL Interactive Science Workshop – Hi-Tech Claw

Join Julian as he creates a cardboard claw using pulleys.

CNRL Interactive Science Workshop – Colour Changing Milk

Join Amy as she uses milk and food colouring to create fun colours.

CNRL Interactive Science Workshop – Crafty Catapult

Join Julian as he creates a catapult from paddle pop sticks and rubber bands.

CNRL Interactive Science Workshop – Lava Lamp

Join Amy as she creates an awesome looking Lava Lamp

CNRL Interactive Science – Hanging Arch

Join Julian as he creates an ancient arch using a keystone.

Here is the template

Bricking It! Lego Challenge Home Workshop

We challenge you to add Lego to existing objects and keep them functional – or improve them! Post your amazing creations to our social media channels above or hashtag #innovationstew. Check out Jonathan’s working Lego Shower and working Lego DVD Remote!

Rainbow Chocolate Microwave Popcorn! Cooking Home Workshop

Make your own Microwave Popcorn with regular popcorn kernels in less time than it takes to microwave them!

Take your popcorn to the next level with our second recipe:
🌈🍫🍿 Rainbow Chocolate Microwave Popcorn 🌈🍫🍿

All you need is popcorn kernels, a bag , some oil – and either salt, sugar or chocolate!

CNRL Interactive Science Workshop – Chromatography

Join Amy as she separates the colours in texters using chromatography.

CNRL Interactive Science Workshop – Jumping Marbles

Join Julian as he creates a crazy roller with marbles that uses inertia.

Template: Jumping Marbles Template

CNRL Interactive Science Workshop – Escaping Water

Join Amy as she helps water escape a container using cohesion.

Dirtbags! Gardening Science Home Workshop
Indoor gardening - create a microclimate dirtbag!

Create a self-watering micro-climate garden on your window sill and watch how plants grow both above and below the soil!

Micro:bit Tutorial 3 – Turtle Graphics

This Micro:bit Turtle Tutorial is by the CNRL Library Innovation Studio. The tutorial uses the Makecode website to program a virtual Micro:bit from within your browser. It can be found at https://makecode.microbit.org/

Oily Painting! Arty Science Home Workshop
Stained Glass style pictures

Can the radiant beauty of Stained Glass be replicated with crayons texters and vegetable oil? Jonathan finds out!

Slime! Messy Science Home Workshop
Oobleck Slime Workshop

Learn how to make 100% edible (but disgusting) Oobleck Slime with just Corn Flour and Water (and if you don’t want white slime: Food Colouring). This non-newtonian fluid has to be poured, squished and toyed with to be believed!

Introduction to Home Workshops
Jonathan Stilts CNRL Library Innovation Studio

Find out what sort of things you’ll need in our new Home Workshops (hint: most of it you’d normally recycle), who these workshops are aimed at (hint: it’s you) and the sort of things we will be doing!

Micro:bit Tutorial 2 – Decisions and Loops

In this tutorial you will work with a virtual micro:bit – code along free at makecode.microbit.org!

Micro:bit Tutorial 1 – The Screen

In this tutorial you will work with a virtual micro:bit – code along free at makecode.microbit.org!