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A bank of resources created during the first Covid-19 Lockdown in 2020.

WB Monday 8th June
Our Theme is - Inventions
Here are some activity ideas (where worksheets are available, these can be found by clicking on the 'Worksheets' button below - please let your child's teacher know if you can't access them):

Have a go at as many of these activities as you can! We've tried to break them up and indicate what you could do each day but you can pick and choose which activity you want to do and on which day.



  • In Kenya, a 9 year old boy called Stephen has just received a presidential award for making a wooden hand-washing machine to help curb the spread of Coronavirus.  Read the news report here: Write a letter to Stephen with your thoughts on what he has done.

  • Can you design your own hand-washing machine like Stephen's? What materials would you need? Create a list and draw the equipment you would use as well as the finished design.

  • Can you make your own hand-washing machine like Stephen's? Try it out on your family members and send a photo or video into school.

  • A man in England has invented a plastic hug curtain so he can hug his grandma!  See here: Can you design your own cuddle curtain and maybe even make it?


  • Lots of the games we play in school involve physical contact. We play Duck Duck Goose, Heads Down Thumbs Up, Tig etc. Can you change these games so that we can play them without contact? Or can you invent your own game?

  • Thousands of scientists all over the world are conducting experiments to find a vaccine for Covid 19. What could you invent to help people at the moment? 

  • Why don’t you research some inventors and find out how their inventions have changed over time?  Maybe you could create a lockdown quiz and test your family’s knowledge?

  • Alexander Bell invented the telephone. Make your own version with two paper cups and string.

  • Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. Can you count the number of light bulbs in your house and draw a picture of the most interesting object that contains a light bulb? 



  • Paper engineering is another word for pop-ups – why don’t you make a pop-up book telling the story of an invention or inventor?  There are lots of videos that show you how to make pop ups.  Here is one:

  • William Heath Robinson was a children’s book illustrator but also known for his madcap inventions – it’s where we get the phrase ‘That’s a big Heath Robinson’ meaning a bit wacky.  Discover his ideas by visiting  Can you create a piece of artwork in the style of Robinson?

  • Many inventions were made in Lancashire during Victorian times as part of the industrial revolution. You might have seen the amazing collection of cotton looms and spinning machines at Blackburn Museum. Can you invent a different sort of material?  What special qualities might it have or what could it be used for?


  • Find out all about the problem of pollution in our oceans by looking through the PowerPoints and then complete some of the activities. It might inspire you to create your own invention to protect our oceans!

  • Monday 8th June is World Oceans Day. The theme this year is 'Protect our Oceans' and the challenge is to invent something to help solve a problem in our oceans. Look at the Challenge Presentation, then complete the activities and your final invention design using the activity sheets.

  • Discover the history of some everyday objects at Blackburn Museum with Steve Irwin by watching these films. Create a fact file or create a concertina book with your own illustrations. If you've got a question for Steve, email him!

   The Biro -

   The egg box -

   The Polypropylene chair -

   The top hat -



Get creative and invent absolutely anything at all that you or someone you know would find useful!

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