Meet the Bugs activities

Make your own microbes (10-15 mins)

Suitable for KS1 and KS2.

This activity involves bringing microbes to life using play dough. Participants use images of different microbes, including bacteria, viruses and fungi, to create a microbe using bits of coloured play dough.

A summary of instructions for both schools and community groups can be found here. You will also find a link in the downloads section below.

Examples of what the modelling clay microbes could look like


Yeast Races (30 mins)

Suitable for KS2 and community groups.

This activity highlights useful microbes that we use in the food industry. It involves using the useful fungus yeast to explain how bread dough rises through the process of fermentation.

A summary of instructions for both schools and community groups can be found here. You will also find a link in the downloads section below.

summary of instructions for yeast races activity


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