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Mini Beasts

'Insects' Home Learning Ideas


Visits and places to explore: (the links in green are free attractions!)

  • Natural History Museum - Sensational Butterflies Exhibition
  • Wisley Gardens - Butterflies in the Glass house
  • Visiting places such as Frensham Ponds, Pains Hill Park, Savill Gardens and Virginia Water looking for insects that live near the water and in the dark, wooded areas! There are some great wildlife checklists that can be found here that you can download, print and tick off on your adventures! The ticked off checklist would also be a real talking point for our show and tell sessions! Visiting somewhere with a lake, pond, stream or river is also a perfect opportunity to talk to your little ones about water safety!
  • Brent Lodge Park Animal Centre - free entry to get in but a small admission for the butterfly and reptile house.
  • World of water is a local pet and pond shop so is free to visit. Some of the insects that they have there are hissing cockroaches, tarantulas and giant millipedes! They also sell some insects such as crickets and meal worms which are sold to feed other creatures - a great discussion could follow about the food chain!


*Please note as much as we encourage these wonderful visits and think they are fantastic learning experiences, if you wish to visit these please do so at weekends or during the holidays - we really don't want your little ones to miss any school learning!*


Activities to do at home: Click on the text below the pictures to find resources and instructions as to how to carry out these lovely minibeast related activities at home.

Counting Ladybirds! Salt Dough Ladybirds! Bug Hotel! Play Dough Story Telling! Bug Discovery!


Great books linked to insects: (books in green can be loaned from Staines or Ashford Library)

- The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson - story book

- Superworm by Julia Donaldson - story book

- Insects by Rod Theodorou - fact file

- Extreme Insects by Richard Jones - fact file

- Insects and minibeasts by Jinny Johnson - fact file

- British Insects by Victoria Munson

- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle - story book

- Bad Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle - story book

- Super Spiders by Charlotte Guillian - fact file

- Minibeasts by Dave Burroughs - story book