Dear Lionel, I work in Early Years and the children love creepy crawlies. Can you give me some ideas to help them explore the world of minibeasts?
It’s brilliant how excited children get about minibeasts. Whether its fear or fascination, these little scurrying creatures seems to capture their imagination – and most kids love searching for them in the garden, even if they don’t all want to touch them. The great thing about minibeasts is that you don’t need to travel far to find ladybirds, beetles, spiders, worms, snails and more. They’re all waiting just outside our doors.
Encouraging this interest in the animal kingdom is a great way to inspire a love of nature and get children out in the fresh air.
Five ways to inspire Early Years children with a minibeast topic:
1. Go on a bug hunt
2.Study what you’ve found
3. Make a bug hotel
4. Get crafty
5. End the day with a minibeast book Round off your busy bug day with a book about the creatures you’ve found. Here are a few of our favourites:
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