STEAM Resources

STEAM resources

Our Lightbox and Invention Lab programmes create opportunities for young children and families to be playful with a wide range of materials and scientific concepts browse here for downloadable PDF instructions and videos related to our Invention Lab and Lightbox. 

Shadows and Light

Why not try out some of these fantastic makes created as part of a collaboration with artists from Scribble and Smudge around the theme of Light and Shadows

Download the Instructional PDF for all activities to make some shadowy creations at home.

How to create a shadow puppet theatre at home with Vanessa

Create a shadowy autumnal woodland mobile with Akiko

Make a paper bag owl lantern with Lesley

Make your own shadow puppet theatre

A video tutorial for how to make your own homemade shadow theatre by Vanessa of Scribble and Smudge who collaborated with us to deliver home packs during the lockdown.

Invention Lab

Invention Lab activity resources can be carried out with items found around the house , activities may require patience and trial and error but have children experimenting with basic engineering and physics principles. The activities are ideal for group experimentation and have been used for primary school physics days.

Make a marshmallow spaghetti tower and discover your inner engineer

Download instructions

Practice patience by building this homemade balancing sculpture

Download instructions

Build a catapult with lollipop sticks and rubber bands

Download instructions

Creating a rolling number maze with old kitchen roll

Download instructions

Try making these fantastic rolling feet with simple items at home

Download instructions

Make a balloon car to explore wind power

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Make your own Marble Run with straws and a box

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Create your own table football game with pegs

Download instructions

Light Up Castanets

We collaborated with Bee from Witty Ditty Designs to support families to create these fabulous light-up Castanets why not have a go at making these at home