Learning Resources

The David Livingstone learning centre offers a range of online learning resources while the centre is currently closed.


Try Making Your Own Snapping Crocodile!

Did you know that we have a crocodile specimen in our collection? A specimen is an example of something from nature, like an animal, plant or mineral, that explorers like David Livingstone took from the places they visited. These specimens can be really useful to understand how animals and their environments have changed and adapted in time.

Completed Snappy Crocodile
Completed Snappy Cardboard Crocodile

Don’t forget to share your creations on our social media platforms using #BirthplaceProject or send a photo to learning@dltrust.uk.


Weaving Activity

Try making your own mini loom and learn how to make your own woven masterpiece.

Use recycled materials or yarn to create your own little glass mat, or something bigger!

Don’t forget to share your creations on our social media platforms using #BirthplaceProject or send a photo to learning@dltrust.uk.


Learning To Weave - Tools and Materials
Tools and Materials
Learning To Weave - Materials
Finished Weave
Learning To Weave - Materials Close-Up
Finished Weave (Close-Up)

How To Make A Nature Journal So You Can Record Wildlife Like A Scientist

David Livingstone is famous because of the journals he wrote on his travels in Southern Africa.

Why not try making your own journal? You could write about the nature around you, whether it’s looking out of the window, on your daily walk or in the garden. We’ll be sharing weekly ideas of what you could write or draw about.

The Natural History Museum (NHM) in London have made a lovely video of how to make a nature journal, if you need some inspiration.

We will share different themes every week, so keep an eye on the web site and our social media!



Learn About and Make Your Own Quadrant

Try out making your very own quadrant!

Download this Worksheet (PDF) for activity ideas and learn more about this ancient navigational tool.

Preview of Quadrant Worksheet
Worksheet (PDF)

How To Make Your Own Mill Model from Recycled Materials

David Livingston grew up in Shuttle Row, the tenement building where Blantyre Cotton Work’s workers lived.

You can make your own version of the cotton mill using recycled materials by following these Instructions (PDF).

If you don’t have the materials then make do with other bits and bobs you have in the house (pens will work instead of paint, and any boxes will also do).

Don’t forget to share your creations on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook tagging our social media accounts #BirthplaceProject.

You can also contribute photographs of your completed mill models for display on our web site.

Upload Photograph of Your Mill Model

A huge thank you to our volunteer Rosa for creating this activity!


Easter Learning Activities

We have created some fun and engaging Easter learning resources for you whilst the centre is closed.

Please download either our Easter Maze or Word Search to have some fun!


Easter Maze
Word Search