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5th April 2013 at 01:00

Leonardo da Vinci's birthday

The anniversary of da Vinci's birthday (15 April) is a chance to explore his scientific discoveries and artistic creations.

A genius speaks

In this dramatised video, da Vinci reveals what inspired him.

Introduction to da Vinci

A presentation introduces the artist before asking students to recreate his self-portrait.


Emulate da Vinci's artistic style using watercolours.

The Annunciation

Compare artistic representations of the Annunciation, including da Vinci's painting.

Mirror, mirror

Da Vinci was famous for mirror writing - students can reflect letters to unscramble words.

Take flight

An animated trip gives students ideas for their own flying machines.


A timeline of da Vinci's life and achievements.

Complete notebooks

Study da Vinci's notebooks, made available by TES partner Project Gutenberg.

Da Vinci flashcards

These flashcards can form the foundation of an assembly about da Vinci's life and works.

Are you the Vitruvian Man?

A measuring investigation gets students thinking.

Find these resources and more at bit.lyDaVinciBirthday.

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