You might be stuck at home, but there’s still plenty to make and do! Here are some of our favourite activity ideas for young makers.


Pipecleaner and string construction.

Tension tower
This strange tower is held together carefully with string!
Flying cups
Believe it or not, you can make paper cups fly quite well with a bit of spin
Air cannon
This mini cannon can shoot gusts of air surprisingly far
Paper plane designs
Here are three of our favourite paper plane designs
No can opener? No problem!
Open a steel can with no ring pull and no can opener!


Science and maths craft

A curved, concertinaed piece of paper

Curved origami sculpture
Origami is usually all straight lines – what if you fold a curve?
Spinning cotton
Learn how people first made thread, thousands of years ago
Make a watermark
This technique can add secret patterns to a sheet of paper
Fold Investigator!
Make a folded paper model of Australia’s research vessel, Investigator
Hyperbolic crochet
A crochet hook and wool can reveal a bizarre mathematical shape


Earth and space builds

A paper model of a space station.Build your own International Space Station
You can build a model of humanity’s most remote outpost!
Make a cloud
Learn a bit about weather by making a cloud in a jar
Egg geodes
Grow some beautiful new crystals in old egg shells
Gravity well
Here’s a simple model to help you get your head around Einstein’s theories of relativity!
Vacuuming marshmallows
Build a vacuum chamber and see what it does to marshmallows

Cover of two Double Helix 'Hands-On Science' books

Looking for more activities?

Don’t want to stop there? Pick up our Hands-On Science set. These books are packed with 100 fun DIY experiments and activities from the Double Helix team!

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    Glenda Leslie

    Many thanks for the Coronavirus bracelet idea – excellent!!
    It could be very useful in discussing the importance of genetic sequences in a topical context with students from yr 10 to yr 12.

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