Your school grounds provide a home for hundreds of creatures, do you know what they are?
This activity is about finding and getting to know minibeasts. You can also find out more about habitats and learn about food chains.
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This activity supports the following subject: Science.
What do I need?
- Things to help you see eg magnifying glasses, bugpots, white sheet, pooter
- Cards with pictures of minibeasts to help you identify them.
- Download our free ID sheets (sheet 1) (sheet 2)
- You may want to make some friendly traps to attract minibeasts, or some equipment to catch them in.
- Have a look at our free How To sheets.
What do I do?
- Think about the area you are going to explore. What kind of habitat is it eg field, hedgerows, flower bed? What might live there? What kind of things do minibeasts need to thrive?
- Go into your school grounds - look inside things, under things, in plants and trees.
- Look carefully at what you find. Think about why minibeasts might live in the places that you find them. What do they need to survive? Research the type of habitats a minibeast likes to live in.
- Look carefully at what you find, can you identify it?
- Don't forget to tell us when you have completed the activity! When you mark the activity as complete, you will be asked to upload a photo or a piece of writing talking about your experience to help earn your award.
Remember to return any minibeasts carefully to the habitat you found them in.
Completing the activity
Use the 'Mark as complete' button at the top of this page to tell us you've completed your activity. You'll need to show us what you did by uploading a photo or some writing showing where and when you looked for minibeasts, what techniques you used, and what you found.
Get them thinking
Here are some prompts to help with learning:
- Which areas of your school grounds do you think would provide suitable habitat for minibeasts? Why?
- Once you have discovered a living creature, what evidence can you see for why that creature lives in that location?
- Why would a greater diversity of minibeasts be a positive thing?