Hello again everyone!
We hope you have had a super weekend? This week we are looking at Minibeasts! There are some activities for you to try in the Amazing Animals section.
Can you go on a bug hunt in your garden or local park? With your grown up, make a simple map of the area you are searching then record all the minibeasts you find by drawing pictures or sticking on the pictures below, then ask someone to label them for you (can you hear the initial sound of each minibeast?). Do you know the names of all the minibeasts you've discovered? Can you help your grown up to research any you aren't familiar with? We discovered a 'Woodlouse Spider' when we were gardening; we had never seen one before!
Can you talk about the information you have collected with someone else?
Mapping is an important skill in Nursery; developing a child's sense of direction, position and representation (what a drawing stands for). Remember to model and reinforce the position relative to its surroundings - in, on, under, next to, between, behind... As always support your child as much as they need. Watching you make a map, vocalising your thought processes, will be really valuable too if they are not yet ready to start helping you to add pictures. Obviously don't let the mapping detract from the fun of a bug hunt!
Alternatively, you could work together to keep a tally of how many minibeasts you find. Which minibeast do you think is going to be the most common? And can you find a strategy to help you to count all those woodlice and ants as they scuttle away to hide?!
Can you choose 2 or 3 colours and use those to colour each segment of the caterpillar's body to create a 2 or 3 colour repeating pattern? Do you know what creatures caterpillars grow into? You can find out how this happens in the story 'The Hungry Caterpillar'.
2do: Butterfly Life Cycle
After reading the story of 'The Hungry Caterpillar', discuss with your grown up who may have laid the egg at the beginning of the story and also what you learned about how a caterpillar develops into a butterfly. Then colour this life cycle picture and label each stage.
2do: Butterfly Challenge
Can you draw a beautiful butterfly? Use information books, picture books, or the internet to help you get ideas. All butterflies have symmetrical patterns which means the patterns/markings are exactly the same on each side. Are you able to make the wings on your butterfly look the same?
2do: Spider on a Web
Create your own spider! Ask a grown up to help you research what a spider looks like. How many legs and eyes does a spider have? How many parts does it have to it's body? Why does it spin a web? Find out which is the smallest/biggest spider? Are all spiders black? Find out this information and have a go at drawing your own spider. It could be a real spider or your own creation. What special features or interesting fact does it have? Let us know in the comments box!