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 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/

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/

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

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!

Pendulum Art

Use gravity as your paintbrush to create beautiful pendulum art in your home – or in the garden!

Microwave Lemon Slice

Make this delicious lemon slice – perfect for afternoon tea or dessert – in the microwave!

Sugar Crystals

Grow sugar crystals in a jar on a string

Soda Bread

Bake easy 4 ingredient soda bread with no rising time required!

3D Scanning

Make your own 3D Scan using a smartphone or tablet! Download and print this sheet for the app to refer to in 3D space.

Microwave French Toast

Make truly delicious French Toast in under 2 minutes using the most amazing culinary invention since the toaster: the mighty microwave oven!

Purple Beans

Learn when and how to harvest your beans from the bean pole we built way back in episode five!

Carrot and Coriander Soup

Make this delicious Carrot and Coriander Soup – we show you how to pull carrots without them snapping off, then take you through an easy carrot soup recipe!

Zucchini Slice

Make this delicious Zucchini Slice – we show you how to pick them safely without damaging yourself or your plant, then take you through an easy recipe – with tips for chopping onions and cleaning eggs! With vegetarian and meat options, this Zucchini slice is versatile enough to be eaten hot or cold, for lunch or dinner with all sorts of sides.

Make a Sundial workshop

Make a colourful sundial that really works for your garden!

Batch Composting Workshop

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!

King Parrot hand fed on Natural Bird Feeder

Go on a bush walk to collect natural items to build a bird feeder to hang in your garden!

Fluffy Slime

Create your own soft fluffy slime with Amy.

Remote Camera

Set up your own remote camera using an old Android phone and protect yourself from biscuit thieves!

Make a Solar Cooker

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!

Chewy ANZAC Biscuits

Make these moist and chewy ANZAC biscuits in the oven – or see our later video to cook them in a solar oven!

Rainbow Wizards Brew

Stir up a magical bubbling volcanic brew with a bicarb-soda chemical reaction.

Home Hologram

Make you own mini hologram using your mobile or tablet – download the template and the example holo-vid.

Rainbow Oven Pancakes

Make these dazzling rainbow pancakes in the oven, so you can all eat at once!

Bee Bath

Give your pollinating insects a helping hand by creating a safe place for them to sit and sip!

Make a watering can

Learn how to conserve enough water for your garden every day – and make a watering can with upcycled bottles!

Slugs, Snails and Pests

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.

Planting Lomandra - NAIDOC Week 2020

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.

Salad and Herbs - Edible Garden

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!

Frost Protection

Learn about why frost happens, where it happens most – and how to protect your seedling and winter vegetables from it!

confused math lady meme rain gauge

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!

How to grow root vegetables

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!

Bean Pole vegetable Patch

We plant our very first vegetable seedlings in the garden – climbing beans – and show you how to build a bean-pole teepee!

Help nesting birds with a Birds Nest Shop

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!

Kootingal Station Monorail

Make a network of monorail lines and trains – both gravity-powered and balloon-propelled – in your home or garden!

Exploding Ninja Stars

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.

Marbled Giftwrap Workshop

Make marbled gift paper to add a special touch to your next present! Amy takes you through all the steps in this fun artistic activity.

Hair Scrunchy Instructions

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!

Water Tornado Workshop

Make a tornado in a water bottle and check out the beautiful swirling glitter effect! Amy takes you through all the steps in this fun science activity.

Pool Noodle Albatross

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.

Honey Pokey Honeycomb Cinder Toffee

Use a chemical reaction to fill sugar with bubbles and make sweet honeycomb cinder toffee – or Hokey Pokey to some!

Growing from seed with CNRL Tamworth Seed Library

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!

How to Build a Scarecrow Instructions

In the second of our Veggie Patch Science workshops we take a break from digging to show you how to make a scarecrow!

Where to dig a vegetable garden

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!

DIY filter coffee with chux wipes and a keep-cup

One for the adutlts – out camping or stuck in a very basic kitchen but want to brew some coffee? We’ll show you how to make it as good as with a plunger / coffee press but using just a keep-cup and some kitchen wipes!

DIY Smartphone Speaker Stand

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!

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

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

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

Fake special effects wound make-up

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

Cress

Grow your own edible garden in this fun science workshop!

Celery xylem experiment

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

Tinfoil Art

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

Stained-glass Biscuits

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

Classic Chocolate Crackles

Make our classic chocolate crackles in this delicious cooking workshop!

Sherbet

Make your own sherbet with this fun cooking workshop!

UFO Mini Pizzas

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

3 Ingredient Scones

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

Microwave Jam

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

Home-made Butter

Make your own Butter using marbles in this fun cooking 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

Create delicious chocolate-coated banana treats with this fun cooking 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 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/

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 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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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/

Stained Glass style pictures

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

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!

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!

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

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