Project Description

Creatures Alive

  • Level: Suitable for Foundation to Level 6

  • Duration: 60 minutes

  • Delivery: via Zoom video conferencing

  • Numbers: each workshop is capped at a maximum of 30 learners

  • Adult supervision recommended, requires use of warm water


  • Collect and observe some things from your environment and classify them as living or non-living

  • Observe the respiration of yeast – the production of carbon dioxide when it is placed in warm water with sugar

  • See a range of images under a digital microscope in real-time, with the aim of identifying the object that is producing the image

  • Learn how to make a worm farm

All Online Programs

Required Materials

Item Quantity
Yeast 7g
Sugar 2 tsp
Balloon 1
500mL water bottle (empty) 1
Items from surrounding environment (e.g., rocks, leaves, sticks) ~10
Plastic container with lid 1
Dirt 1 scoop
Bark 1 scoop
Newspaper 1 piece
Spoon 1
Organic waste (e.g., banana skin) 1 small piece
Slightly warm tap water (same temperature as skin) 1/2 cup
Living critters from backyard in a container with holes (e.g. snail, worms, beetle, stick insect) 1

Curriculum Links

  • Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met (VCSSU042)

  • Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (VCSSU043)

  • Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (VCSSU057)

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074)

  • Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions (VCSIS051)