Minibeasts Stay & Play - May 2019

17th May 2019

Minibeasts Stay & Play – May 2019

The warm weather held for our most recent Stay & Play session about Minibeasts.  Steve from Wild Workshops spent the whole day with us, and delivered small group hands-on sessions with every child, where we got to handle a wide selection of minibeasts including snails, woodlice, centipedes, millipedes, ladybirds, beetles and spiders!

Steve showed the children how to move the minibeasts carefully from the boxes into the magnifiers so that they could see them up close and count their legs.  The children were fantastic at doing this, handling the equipment and the creatures with great care and skill, needing no help!

We also got to look at some of the minibeasts using Steve’s digital microscope – we watched a snail breathe and saw its antennae unfurl!  Steve also used the microscope to show us our very own caterpillars, and we saw that they have golden spikes!  (We also had a close look at some knee scabs, which the children thought was very ‘cool’, and looked at pollen from a dandelion on our fingers).

When the parents arrived, Steve delivered a short workshop explaining how we classify minibeasts (they have no internal skeleton), and then the children showed their parents how to safely handle minibeasts and use the magnifiers.  Once we’d all had some practice, we moved outside to go on our own minibeast hunt.  We found our very own ‘ladybird tree’, covered in ladybirds, and found some ladybird eggs which we’re going to watch in Nursery alongside our caterpillars and tadpoles.

Finally, Steve showed us a frog with very long legs (which jumped quickly!) and we all had the chance to hold a house mouse which he had brought for us to see.

This was a fun-filled, action-packed Stay & Play which we all really enjoyed – we learnt so much, and as Steve reminded us at the end of the session, all of this wonderful nature can be found in our gardens and local parks.

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