Minibeasts: It’s a small world

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By Mike Wardfreelance educational writer.

Minibeasts’ homes come in all shapes and sizes, so let the children move in and investigate

1 Find me a home

Play a board game to introduce four minibeast habitats

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Place

Development matters: comment and ask questions about where they live and the natural world (30-50 months); notice differences between features of the local environment (40-60+ months).

Early learning goal: observe, find out about and identify features in the place they live and the natural world.

What you need

Group size: small groups.

Enlarged copies of ‘Where do I live?’ activity sheet and ‘Minibeast cards’ activity sheet; 1-3 dice; coloured counters.

What to do

Make four copies of the ‘Where do I live?’ activity sheet and cut out the 16 tiles. Place these on the floor to make a linked track – the tiles can appear in any order.

Cut out a few sets of minibeast cards and shuffle them (using just the bee, butterfly, worm and spider). Give each child four cards. Each player then chooses a coloured counter and can start anywhere on the track.

Invite a child to go first by rolling the dice and move the counter that number of squares in any direction. If they land on a habitat where one of their minibeasts will be happy, they can place it on the tile. (Note: only one card can be placed at a time.) Play then moves to the next player. The first player to find each of their minibeasts a home is the winner.

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