Minibeasts

Key stage 1

Activities

A day’s programme does not necessarily include all the listed activities and can be adapted to suit individual needs and requirements. Normally we fit in three to five activities during your visit.

Activities Learning objective: the children should learn...
Minibeast hunt to observe and identify the variety of minibeasts found in different habitats and microhabitats using a range of equipment including sweep nets in our wildflower meadows (season and weather dependent) and to use the concept of a simple food chain
Pond dipping to observe and identify the variety of aquatic life found in our dipping ponds and to use the concept of a simple food chain
Decay game about the role of minibeasts in the decomposition of plants
Butterfly survival about the life-cycle of a butterfly by playing an interactive game
Un-nature trail a greater understanding of camouflage whilst hunting for hidden objects in the natural environment
Bee game through drama about the life cycle of a plant growing from a seed or bulb and the role of the bee in pollination
Caterpillar game about the life-cycle of a butterfly through role play. Note, this is a blindfold game of trust
Colour sticky caterpillars about the range of different coloured and textured materials found in the Gardens by collecting items to create an individual coloured caterpillar
Smelly sticky caterpillars about the range of different smells found in the Gardens by collecting items to create an individual smelly strip
Colour filters to see the Gardens from different coloured viewpoints
Bug’s eyes an alternative way to look at the Gardens
Estate agents to consider the needs and requirements of animals when building a home for them in the Gardens
You’ve been framed to work collaboratively to produce an outdoor art gallery created from garden materials inspired by minibeasts
Session times

10am to 2.30pm
with a break for a picnic lunch at 12pm in or near the Education Centre.

Suggested pre-visit activities
  • Look at a range of minibeasts and predict their habitat
  • Watch an apple decay over a fortnight
Suggested post-visit activities
  • Make a minibeast from clay or junk modelling
  • Investigate how the rate of decay can be changed
  • Make a bug hotel
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