Making compost doesn’t have to be a back-breaking enterprise – ditch the garden fork and give a Batch Composting Bucket a literal whirl instead!
Go on a bush walk to collect natural items to build a bird feeder to hang in your garden!
Set up your own remote camera using an old Android phone and protect yourself from biscuit thieves!
Make a Solar Cooker from recycling and tinfoil to bake biscuits, cook rice – even a vegetable stew using nothing but the power of the sun!
Make these moist and chewy ANZAC biscuits in the oven – or see our later video to cook them in a solar oven!
Give your pollinating insects a helping hand by creating a safe place for them to sit and sip!
Learn how to conserve enough water for your garden every day – and make a watering can with upcycled bottles!
Now our plants are in we need to protect them from all sorts of hungry slugs, snails, aphids and other insects! Learn how to humanely keep pests off your veggie patch – and the last resort that is White Oil.
They say Lomandra thrives on neglect – but what does that really mean? Learn how to plant and nurture this native grass in this special NAIDOC Week 2020 gardening workshop.
Plan where to put your plants so the right ones get of the plenty of sun or shade – and learn about Companion Planting, where some plants can protect others from pests or need to be kept apart as they compete for the same resources!
Learn about why frost happens, where it happens most – and how to protect your seedling and winter vegetables from it!
After some slight head-scratching, we use observational science to work out whether your veggie patch needs watering with our simple DIY rain gauge – it’s no to BOM standards, but we tell you why it doesn’t need to be!
Don’t end up with tiny and twisted dirt-clogged carrots, with a little bit of sand we show you how to grow these long and straight – and great big beetroot too!
We plant our very first vegetable seedlings in the garden – climbing beans – and show you how to build a bean-pole teepee!
Help the birds this spring by building a bird nest shop for your garden – our scarecrow may keep birds away from our seedlings but birds are very useful in the garden by eating insects that may damage our crop – so we don’t want to scare them away completely!
Be a real Australian Ninja Warrior and make exploding ninja stars to hit targets or film with your smartphone in slow motion! Julian takes you through all the steps – just don’t attack people or pets.
Make your very own scrunchie to embellish your hairstyle or give to friends and family as gifts! Megan takes you through all the steps in this beginner sewing tutorial. Remember, many of our library branches have sewing machines available to use!
Make a pool noodle albatross to soar further and higher than a paper plane! Julian takes you through all the steps and heads down to the oval to try it out.
Use a chemical reaction to fill sugar with bubbles and make sweet honeycomb cinder toffee – or Hokey Pokey to some!
We show you how to start growing vegetables from seed in our third Veggie Patch Science workshop – and if your library has a seed library it may not cost you anything!
In the second of our Veggie Patch Science workshops we take a break from digging to show you how to make a scarecrow!
In the first of our Veggie Patch Science workshops we show you how to create a compass to choose the perfect spot for your plot, plan your vegetable patch and get digging or filling pots. We’ll also show you what we have in store for future weeks!
Make a speaker and stand for your smartphone with just a tube, some cups or bottles – and a pair of scissors. Jonathan takes you through all the steps – even the dance steps!
Make your own barometer to predict the rain and learn about air pressure in this fun science workshop!
Make your own Stop Motion Animation in this fun art and technology workshop!
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.
Creep out everyone when you create these amazing monster eggs in this fun art workshop!
Scare your friends with fake wounds in this fun art workshop!
Discover how plants transport water and nutrients in this colourful science workshop!
Create amazing shiny pictures and jewelry with this fun art workshop!
Make amazing see-through Stained Glass Biscuits in this fun cooking workshop!
Create edible UFOs (mini pizzas) with this fun cooking workshop!
Make scones from just three ingredients – and pair them with butter and jam you can make yourself in our other workshops!
Make your own Jam in the microwave with this fun cooking workshop!
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!
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.
Join Amy and Julian as they have some fun with Bicarb Soda.
Join Julian as he creates a cardboard claw using pulleys.
Join Amy as she uses milk and food colouring to create fun colours.
Join Julian as he creates a catapult from paddle pop sticks and rubber bands.
Join Amy as she creates an awesome looking Lava Lamp
Join Julian as he creates an ancient arch using a keystone.
Here is the template
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!
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!
Join Amy as she separates the colours in texters using chromatography.
Join Julian as he creates a crazy roller with marbles that uses inertia.
Template: Jumping Marbles Template
Join Amy as she helps water escape a container using cohesion.
Create a self-watering micro-climate garden on your window sill and watch how plants grow both above and below the soil!
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/
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!
In this tutorial you will work with a virtual micro:bit – code along free at makecode.microbit.org!