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Week 2 - w/c 08.06.20

We hope you enjoyed all the activities last week and have managed to find lots of different minibeasts when you have been out in the garden or on your daily walk! This week there are five more activities for you to complete below. Don’t forget to show us all the wonderful things that you have been up to!


Monday – Complete the Minibeast Investigation table (see document at bottom of page) using what you already know and the internet to help you with anything you are unsure of. Can you think of any other minibeasts that you could add to your table?


Tuesday – Watch the following videos.


Watch this video – The Very Hungry Caterpillar.


Having read the story, which bits are based on fact and which bits are not true? What do they think caterpillars really eat? Do they really turn into butterflies? We want you to use the picture below to draw your own lifecycle of a butterfly using arrows to link each stage and to label each drawing.


WednesdayThink about everything you have learnt about minibeasts over the last few weeks and how they live. Today’s task is to use all this to create your own minibeast. You can use the template below or create your own on a piece of paper.


Thursday – What minibeast would you be? Choose one and then think about what you would get up to if you were it. Draw a picture and write 4 sentences about a day in the life of your chosen minibeast.


Friday – Design your own bug hotel. Read the information below or do your own research as to what makes a good bug hotel. Draw a picture of how you would design it and label all the materials you need. If you have some of the items at home, you could try making one and wait to see what minibeasts enjoy their new home!


Why do bugs need hotels?

In natural habitats there are endless small holes and places where mini-beasts can shelter. Crevices in bark, holes in dead wood, piles of fallen leaves, gaps between rocks, hollow plant stems, spaces in dead logs – all these can provide a home for the small creatures that need somewhere to nest or to escape from predators or bad weather. Established gardens can also provide lots of hiding places, but gardeners often like to tidy away the debris where invertebrates might live.


What makes a good bug hotel?

The best bug hotels have lots of small spaces in different shapes and sizes and made from different materials. Ideally some should be nice and dry inside, and others a bit dampish. Bug hotels are generally made from reclaimed materials, or natural objects, which reduces cost, helps them blend in with their surroundings and is probably more attractive to the mini-beast guests.