We hope you had lots of fun building your own secret hide-outs.
Can you now create a micro-habitat designed for minibeasts?
Minibeasts are ‘small creatures’, like worms, snails, insects and spiders. The scientific term for them is ‘invertebrates’ – a creature without a backbone. Did you know there are over 25,000 minibeast species that live in Britain? Wow! That is a lot! I wonder which minibeasts will live in your micro-habitat.
An example of a Micro-habitat is a bug hotel!
Here are some examples of ‘Bug Hotels’
Some materials you could use:
- Plant pots
- Card tubes
- Card boxes
Once you have built your bug hotel, you could also:
- Create a tally chart for the minibeasts you find in your garden, which are the most/least common?
- Invent your own minibeast. You could give it an even amount of legs, above 20 but less than 50. Can you now create a bug with an odd number of spots?
- Read lots of stories about minibeasts. There are hundreds! Examples are – The Hungry Caterpillar, Superworm, Spinderella, The Snail and the Whale and What the Ladybird Heard. Which others can you find?
- Write your own minibeast story! Which minibeast will be your main character? You could even use your playdoh minibeasts to tell the story (this is explained below).
- Create a fact file for one or more of the mini beasts you have discovered.
- Sketch the minibeasts you observe in your hotel. How many legs do they have?
- Make home made playdoh and make your own mini beasts.
You can view the following PDF to find a minibeast checklist! How many can you find?