Minibeasts are invertebrates – they don’t have a backbone. There are more than 25,000 different kinds of invertebrates in Britain.
Children can learn about small invertebrates and habitats whilst exploring local green spaces. This is an excellent way of encouraging children to investigate the natural world and to enable them to use first hand experiences to find out more about the creatures in their local habitats.
In environmental learning, ‘minibeast’ tends to refers to small invertebrates such as worms, spiders, woodlice, flies and moths. Minibeasts can be found in a variety of habitats including parks, woodlands, hedgerows, flowerbeds and even the school field. They could be hiding in the leaf litter, under logs and stones, in long grass, in trees and bushes and in the soil. Minibeasts are a vital part of any ecosystem, providing essential food for a vast array of other minibeasts and animals.
A Teachers Guide 3 – A Teacher’s Guide to looking for minibeasts
A Teachers Guide 4 – A Teacher’s Guide to minibeasts
A Teachers Guide 5 – Nature Studies Glossary
A Teachers Guide 7 – A Teacher’s Guide to pitfall traps
Minibeasts worksheet 009 – Look before you leap
Minibeasts worksheet 010 – Minibeasts missing words worksheet
Minibeasts worksheet 011 – Minibeasts True or False
Minibeast worksheet 012 – How many?
Minibeasts worksheet 013 – Draw your own minibeast