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Durham University

Celebrate Science at Home

Rotating snakes and wobbly lines

Is seeing always believing? Can we always trust what we see with our own eyes? Fool your brain with these visual illusions.

If you feel dizzy looking at the visual illusions, cover one eye completely with your hand and then look away. If you have photosensitive epilepsy, please do not use the illusions.

Lost for words

Explore outer space, dive into the sea or hunt for dinosaurs and birds with our word search puzzles. How many words can you find?

Bird detective

Birds are all around you! Go out for a walk, or settle down at home and look through a window. Download this activity sheet from the Wildlife Trusts and see how many birds you can spot.

Heavens above

Look up into the night sky, what can you see? Use our sky guide to search for the planets and see how many constellations you can spot.

Nature detectives

Download the autumn leaf and twig identification charts from the Woodland Trust and see how many trees you can find in your neighbourhood.

Get to know our Moon

Explore our nearest neighbour in a series of activities in the Hands on the Moon Pack from the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

Beautiful maths

Maths is everywhere! Discover maths in the world around us with this activity sheet.

Do try this at home!

Have fun trying out these kitchen science experiments featuring Marvin and Milo, the Institutue of Physics’s intrepid cat and dog team.

Our cloud spotters' guide

Get outside or look up from your window. Use our guide and see how many types of cloud you can spot over the coming weeks.

A sky for all seasons

Explore the constellations and uncover how the night sky changes through the year with the Stargazing Guide from the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

Fit the bill

Can you fit the names of these marvellous mammals and remarkable rocks into our word grids?