Brighton Science Festival

Perk Up Your Lockdown



      SCIENCE MAGIC                 SCIENCE MAGIC                 SCIENCE MAGIC                 SCIENCE MAGIC

Download your FREE book by clicking on its image above.  Each Science Magic book has over thirty easy tricks, using simple stuff from around the house, with simple instructions and clear science explanations.

Amazon review:  “… incredible. I wish it was available when I was at school … explains in very easy english the principle of things like Newtons law of gravity to using the fingers on both hands for times table calculations … The magic side is easy to do and really hits home the principles used … Although you won’t be a “rocket scientist” or Nobel prize winner after reading it, you will be well on your way to wanting to know more about our world of science … Great for kids from 4 to 104 years.”



Learning the table of elements is a tedious chore at school, but a gripping game at home if you learn by playing Top Trumps. You can know your elements before you’re ten years old! The way to victory is to know the facts.

To find out more and buy the cards visit HERE.





The history of the Universe, from the Big Bang till bang up to date. Scientists have worked it all out. So, we thought, it’s time to tell it like it is, in eleven short, sweet chapters. Track your journey, from your first appearance as an atom, a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang; helping the creation of stars and planets; turning into the miracle molecule, DNA; evolving through amoeba, worm, mouse and chimp, right up to the here and now.
14 billion years squeezed into 14,000 words; making it simple enough for 9-11 year-olds, detailed enough to be plausible to their parents, fun enough to make them laugh and astonishing enough to make them gawp*.
Along the way, learn about why you get hiccups and goose bumps, and where viruses come from. You have your history written all through you, like a stick of Brighton rock!
This is the unadorned text, in manuscript form – it hasn’t been published yet – but we can’t wait to get it out there. 

It won’t cost the earth; it’s cheaper than soil: just contact Richard Robinson at

Suitable for 9+. Especially of interest to grown-ups, we find, since it manages to be simultaneously short, light, broad and deep.



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BORED GAMES #1, #2, #3 


Click on the names to receive your free set of 6 games.

Bored Games #1 Refreshingly different, surprisingly compelling and really, really simple. From the Mediaeval game of Nine Man’s Morris to an elegant new way to play Noughts and Crosses. All you need is a piece of paper, a lively mind and an opponent.

In Bored Games #2 you learn the game of Nim – five seconds to learn an infinity of games;  and Horseshoe – the simplest game in the Universe, but still curiously elusive, plus four others.

BoredGames #3 is two new ways to play Scrabble – Bananagrams and Snatch; both explained HERE






A wide range of fun videos. Eccentric, zany, explosive, hands-on, clear, useful, astonishing, hilarious: every video down below is at least three of those things. Many are all eight.

You can click on the links, or copy them and paste into your own science database.

To begin on-topic – what to do in a locked-down house; one that was not supposed to be a science funfair… Watch this for inspiration (click on the pic below). And don’t just watch, do the experiments! Dianna says it didn’t work in the dry run, so not all of them will work first time. Keep trying. You’ve got another three weeks.


Powers of Ten, by Charles and Ray Eames, (click the image below) is a jewel that has never lost its sheen since it was made in 1977. In ten breathtaking minutes, you zoom to the edge of the Universe and back again.


Anything by Drew Berry is astonishing. Drew recreates the actual shapes and behaviour of the molecules that busy themselves around every cell in your body. It’s unbelievable, but it’s truly happening, 38 trillion times over, in you, right now. This one, below, with ribosomes frantically knitting RNA, true to life, is a stunner. (Click on the pic).


And the list continues:


By the way, please get in touch with any new video discoveries you have made, or enterprises you have begun yourself that could be useful for young families at home.




Toys From Trash

Arvind Gupta  Never has there been such a huge collection of such simple, cheap and instructive science games and tricks 


Claire Mitchell 

15 neat activities from an enterprising young mum


Babble Dabble Do

Huge rambling website, with much to be made among the muck


The National Physical Laboratory 

Their weekly lockdown challenge 

and HERE


Primary Science Teaching Trust

These are easy to do with things found around the house, and they’ll tick your curriculum boxes too.


Potential Plus

For young people who need stretching


Science Buddies 
looks very schooly (even has a careers page), but click on the Browse Science Projects page to find a good, easy, original collection of projects (probably with an adult nearby to help). One thousand of them!!!!


Creative Science Centre

Jonathan Hare of Rough Science. offers one-to-one science


The Royal Society  

Crest awards are famous challenges in schools, but here they have looked out some projects you can easily do at home.


DIY for Kids,

Projects that locked-down kids can do with locked-down dads.


Activate 1 and Activate 2

Simple science activities from Sphere Science –


Richard Wiseman

‘Life is a figment of your imagination,backed up by a little experience’


IFL Science

20 fun experiments you can do at home




Incredible Oceans

Ideas, videos and games from across the seven seas



Traditional but creative curriculum-based maths exercises


Murderous Maths

A website where, the more you get lost, the more you enjoy it.



A new approach to Maths 



Interactive science demos online. Try their interactive prism HERE, and sign up for a free trial with their other kit.


Royal Institution




BBC Wildlife

The best of the BBC and therefore the best in the world


Scroll Through the Deep Sea –

Takes you from the beach down to the bottom of the Mariana Trench; the deeper you go, the weirder it is.


Steve Mould the Brave

Self-assembling virus 

And his channel is


Simone Giertz – SIMONE’S ROBOTS


Tim Blais – A CAPELLA SCIENCE – for a scientifically accurate singalong 🙂


Bill Nye.


Bruce Yeany


Stated clearly


Go Experimental


V Sauce


Grand Illusions


ScienceDaily: Your source for the latest research news  –


Emily Graslie – THE BRAIN SCOOP






In a Nutshell


Aunt Lindsey – THE FAB LAB


Steve Spangler


How Stuff Works


Smarter every day


BBC EarthLab


Slo Mo Guys


Engineer Guy


Life Noggin


It’s OK to be Smart


CGP Grey


ASAP Science




Minute Physics


Mark Rober






Kid Sites. Another 28 sites!