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Clever Camouflage - Looking for Clues


What is camouflage? Why do animals and plants have camouflage? 


Watch these BBC Science videos and talk about the different creatures you see and how they are camouflaged.

It’s really interesting how the green sweets survive and the pink sweets all get ‘hunted’.

You could even try playing that game at home with a grown up. 


Parents … Children learn through practical experience so if possible try playing the game with your child. 

You don't have to do it with salad and sweets you could try hunting red lego blocks placed on a background of green clothes or the grass in your garden.

As the red lego blocks are ‘hunted’ they are replaced by green lego blocks.

Ask your child … As the predator was it easier to hunt the red lego blocks or the green lego blocks? Why?


Have a close look at these photos. There is an animal in each photo! Can you spot them?

Animal Hide and Seek ... look carefully at each of these photos ... what can you see hiding in each photo?

Isn’t nature amazing! Some of those animals were really well camouflaged!


Think about the different minibeasts that you have found in your garden. 

Have you found any luminous pink woodlice or bright blue spiders? Why?

What colours are most minibeasts? Why do you think that is?


For this week’s Science challenge we want you to imagine that you are a super clever scientist who has discovered a new species (type) of minibeast living in Rhiwbina! 

A species of minibeast that has never been discovered anywhere in the world before!

The reason it had never been discovered is that it is really well camouflaged!

So where did you find it? What does it look like? What is its habitat like? 


We don’t want you to find a minibeast that we know already exists like a worm or a snail or a spider.

You need to invent your very own minibeast.


Think about:

  • Where does it live?

  • How does it move?

  • What does it eat? How does it eat?

  • How big is it?


So that we can share in the excitement of this amazing minibeast discovery we have set you a 2Do so that you can draw your minibeast.


There are lots of different colours and textures in the paint tools on this 2Do. 

Think how you can show the different body parts by using colours and textures that are similar but not exactly the same.

Are you going to add pattern to the different body parts to help it camouflage even better?


Just like when you were creating your symmetrical butterfly pattern last week, remember to use the undo button and keep changing the size of the brush tool so you can add detail to your work.


In the bottom left hand corner of the screen you will see Abc. Click on the letters to type in this sentence completed with your choice of habitat and minibeast name. 


This is a __________ and its habitat is __________ .


We are really looking forward to seeing your minibeast creations and you telling us all about them and where they live when we share your work in school.


We’re sure you’ve got lots of amazing ideas so it’s now time to log into your PurpleMash account to access your ‘My Camouflaged Minibeast’ 2Do.


Happy discovering!