Our Mini Beasts box has lots of mini beasts in resin for you to examine and sort as well as all of the equipment you will need to go outside and find your own mini beasts!
Who could use this?
This box could be used by EYFS settings to develop understanding of the natural world or for a mini beast topic. Year 1 and 2 could use this during their animals or living things and habitats topics in Science.
ELG: The Natural World – Explore the natural world around them, making observations and drawing pictures of animals and plants
Year 1 Science: Animals Including Humans
- identify and name a variety of common animals
- identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores
- describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals
Year 2 Science: Living Things and their Habitats
- explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive
- identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
- identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats
- describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.
What’s in the box?
Activities to support the use of this box in school and at home
Try our homemade wormery activity. Making a wormery is a safe and simple way to observe and find out more about worms and what they are up to underneath the ground. All you need is an empty bottle, some soil and vegetable scraps or leaves.
The Primary Science Teaching Trust has some additional careers links you may like to look at. These are called “A scientist just like me” and introduce children to a diverse range of scientists.
The downloadable power point relevant to this box is