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Activities for Children

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Date & Time
Saturday 4 – Sunday 19 April
24 hours
Age Restriction
All Ages

Activities | All Ages

Activities for Children

About the event

We have a whole host of fantastic activities and downloadable resources for children as part of Elements of #EdSciFest. Check out the list below for some hands-on science fun this Easter Holidays!


Kid's Lab

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


Dinosaur Egg Hunt

Are you ready for a rawsome dinosaur Easter egg hunt? Download these dino pics and facts and hide them for the little ones to find. Sadly, accompanying chocolate dinosaur eggs are not included! (Ages 3+)


#EdSciFest Recommends...For Children and Families

We’ve gathered a list of the best and most exciting resources out there for keeping kids busy at home this Spring. (All Ages)


Plant Rainbow 

If you are outside getting some fresh air, why not keep an eye out to see if you can spot rainbow patterns in nature all around you? (Ages 3+)


The Whirlybird

You can make a special whirling seed of your very own. (Ages 3+)


The Pod - Sponsored by EDF

A range of online resources created by EDF to inspire, challenge and encourage children and young people to explore, engage with and understand the world around them. (Various activities with something for everyone from 4–14)


History at Home – Science and Sound

Try your hand at making your own music at home with these activities all about the science of sound, created by St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh. (Ages 4+)


Prehistoric Beasts and How to Know Them

Zoology correspondent and writer Jules Holland has put together some awesome digital dino content that you can try at home. (Ages 5+)


Ocean Acidification

Dynamic Earth and the Marine Conservation Society have teamed up to explore how more carbon dioxide in the air can lead to a more acidic ocean and how that might affect the amazing life that lives in the deep. (Ages 5+)


Polar Ice Worlds

The Polar Regions are some of the most spectacular yet vulnerable places on Earth. Discover how climate change is affecting these regions and how scientists are studying these changes as you join the Polar Night cruise of the Arctic PRIZE project in this set of amazing films. (Ages 5+)


Earth From Above

Try your hand at thinking like a satellite and making your own maps using this activity sheet from Dynamic Earth! (Ages 5+)


Arctic From Above

A stunning selection of photos of Arctic tundra landscapes and the plants and wildlife that inhabit them. (Ages 5+)


Air Pollution – Seeing the Invisible

Discover some of the tools scientists use to understand the sources and effects of air pollution and carry out your own air quality investigations by downloading our activity sheet. (Ages 5+)


Atlantic Adventures with ATLAS

Discover the creatures living at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean with our virtual reality colouring in. (Ages 5+)


Our Living Planet

What are pollinators and why are they important? Discover the answers to these questions and get your hands dirty by making a biodegradable wildflower pot to encourage these little heroes into your garden this spring. (Ages 5+)


Destination Space: Mars Rover

Launching in 2022, the Rosalind Franklin rover will head to Mars in search of signs of life. Learn more about the mission and its namesake and create your own LEGO® Mars rover. 

(Ages 5+)


Destination Space: Satellites and Weather

Discover how clouds can be used to monitor the weather and how to identify different cloud types. (Ages 5+)


Destination Space: James Webb Space Telescope

Launching in 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope is the biggest and most ambitious space observatory ever built. Learn more about the project, what it’s searching for and how it will work, and solve an engineering challenge. (Ages 5+)


Dinosaur Detectives – Puppet Snippets

For a new way to reuse and recycle bits and pieces you might have lying around the house, join Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre for Puppet Snippets.(Ages 5+)


Change your Carbon Footprint – Kids Edition!

Edinburgh Science Festival creative team have got some great ideas to get young eco warriors started on a mission to help save the planet. (Ages 5+)


Alien Passports

Aliens!  What do they look like?  Where might they live?  During this activity you will consider these questions, and take into account the climate, geography and other important living conditions of aliens. You will learn about the effects of the environment on life – this is something astrobiologists study. (Ages 5+)


Foodology 1.0.1

Interactive online games, videos and activities to get you and your family thinking about cooking healthy food in the kitchen whilst keeping safe and hygienic. (Various activities suitable for ages 4–7, except Cookin Castle which is suitable for 8–11year olds)


An Introduction to Supercomputing

For younger computer scientists, try out these puzzles, games and colouring-in activities. (Ages 6–9 and 9+)


Crafting the Past

Discover Scotland's history, heritage and archaeology by exploring digitally recreated sites around Scotland. Visit the Crafting the Past website to download Minecraft maps and start exploring. (Ages 7+)


Neuron Safari

Explore how the billions of cells in your brain work through Minecraft! Get involved and learn about the incredible machinery that makes our cells work. You’ll be able to make proteins from DNA and learn how our neurons communicate with one another.  (Ages 7+)

National Space Academy

Here we’ve gathered the best resources from the National Space Academy to help you learn what you’ll need to be an astronaut! (Ages 7+)


Explore Engineering

The Royal Academy of Engineering have developed a range of hands-on learning resources for Children and Young People to help inspire them in a career in engineering. (Ages 7+)


Keep Our Waters Clean

Catherine Gemmell is a Scotland Conservation Officer at the Marine Conservation Society, who have been involved in a number of our events over the years. In this video, she describes her job reducing litter in and around the ocean, and how we can all be ocean optimists! (Ages 7+)


Cyber Zone: Micro Coders

The special Micro:Bit Microsoft MakeCode site allows you to create code and test it on a Micro:Bit simulator. You can make animations or games and see them working on your screen. You can even make a game you can play against the simulator. (Ages 7+)


Destination Space: Spaceports

Our modern world has an ever-increasing demand for satellites - but how do these satellites get to space? Find the answer to this question and consider the challenges of satellite launch. (Ages 8+)


Game On!

Do you like computer games? Wouldn’t it be fun to build your very own games at home? Follow these activities to explore the exciting world of video games, learn the basics of coding in a visual programming language called Scratch and build your very own computer game! (Ages 8+)


This Book Thinks You're an Inventor

Looking for fun and educational activities to keep the little ones busy and engaged? These interactive project sheets can help kids think like an inventor by noticing details, questioning everything, and dreaming up new ideas. (Ages 9–12)


Water for Life Digital Recommendations

Our team's recommendations on the best digital resources about our oceans. (Ages 10+)


Cracking One Million Passwords

Passwords prevent other people from accessing our computers, our personal emails, or important websites. In this interactive lesson, you’ll step into the shoes of a cyber criminal and use computer code to attempt to “crack” a massive collection of passwords. (Ages 10+)


Defend the Fire Service

In this online lesson, you’ll become a programmer and help protect the Inverscot Fire and Rescue Service from online attacks! (Ages 10+)


Defend the Hospital

In this online lesson, you’ll become a programmer and help keep hospital patient’s data safe by backing up the records of Glenmargaret Hospital. (Ages 10+)


Sharks – Not the Bad Guys

Our Events Developer Lauren explains why we need to rethink the reputation of sharks. (Ages 10+)

Photo by Abe Khao Lak - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0


Every Picture Tells a Story

In this interactive lesson, you’ll become a digital detective and track down the hideout of a cyber criminal gang. You'll use Python code to extract evidence hidden inside photographs. (Ages 10+)


How to Rob a Bank

In this interactive lesson, you're going to step into the shoes of a cyber criminal. (Ages 10+)


How to Solve a Murder

In this interactive lesson, you're going to step into the shoes of a digital forensics specialist and use your digital skills to solve a crime. (Ages 10+)


How to Steal a Pizza

In this interactive lesson, you'll step into the shoes of a cyber security consultant and help a business test their website's security. (Ages 10+)


Maths: Elements of Modern Science

These resources explore how we use maths in a variety of different contexts as we live, work and play. (Ages 10+)


DO Try This at Home!

The Institute of Physics have over 150 science experiments for you to try in the safety of your own home! (Ages 11+)


The Face of Extinction

The face of extinction is constantly changing in the background as we lead our daily lives. What do we think of when we heard the word extinction and what can we do to help?  (Ages 12+)



Check out #ThisIsEngineering online and the videos below to find out more about where engineering can take you. You’ll meet real engineers and hear their stories about how they got into engineering and the difference they make in the world to individuals, communities, society and the environment. (Ages 12+)


Queen Elzabeth Prize for Engineering

Learn about digital imaging sensors and how GPS works. (Ages 12+)


Coral Culture

Corals: weird, wonderful, beautiful. Can we save them? (Ages 12+)


Cyber Zone: Artificial Intelligence

These exercises are perfect if you want to improve your computer skills, you will need to be fairly comfortable with experimenting to enjoy them. (Ages 12+)


Cyber Zone: App Factory

 You can build your own Android app and install it on your own smartphone using the instructions!


Aether Go Digital, Digital Recommendations

Content suggestions from our team allowing you to explore the digital world. (Not all activities suitable for children – parents/guardians are advised to check which are suitable)

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