Minibeasts incorporate the vast array of insects, bugs, little critters and mini creatures that contribute to our environment and biodiversity. There are lots of exciting things you can find if you go on a minibeast safari in your garden or local park! You can find everything from buzzing bees, marching ants, spinning spiders, lucky ladybugs, slimy slugs, fluttering butterflies, wriggly worms, darting dragonflies, brazen beetles, jumping grasshoppers and fuzzy caterpillars. What’s also great about the minibeasts in your backyard is that there are seasonal changes and you can always find something new. And it’s been proven that being connected to nature makes you happier. So get hunting!

Recommended Books

Millie Loves Ants

Written by Jackie French; illustrated by Sue deGennaro

CBCA Notable for Picture Book of the Year 2018

Millie is an echidna and a young girl named Emily is curious to find out why Millie loves ants so much. As in real life, the busy ants can be found almost everywhere, from the kitchen to the shed to the garden, even in Emily’s pants! And they never miss a picnic! It doesn’t matter where the ants are, Millie’s nose finds them. The text rhymes and is perfect for reading aloud, while simultaneously introducing young children to scientific concepts and vocabulary. We learn about the ant’s habitat. Some live in hollow trees and others in homes of leaves or tunnels and mounds. We learn that ants are scavengers that drag debris to their homes. The illustrations that show the array of food the ants have gathered and brought back to their tunnels are a visual treat. We are also made aware of the social stratification of roles in the ant colony such as that of the Queen, soldiers and hunters. Ultimately, Emily discovers why Millie loves ants so much. This could lead into a discussion of the role ants play in the food chain. Be a game changer and learn more about ants and their role in the environment.

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Muddle & Mo’s Worm Surprise

Written by Nikki Slade Robinson

Muddle is a thoughtful and energetic yellow duckling and Mo is a polite goat and Muddle’s best friend! Muddle is planning a picnic for the two of them and ‘Worm Surprise’ is on the menu. While Muddle loves to eat worms, Mo does not. Muddle has a joyous time collecting a smorgasbord of worms (and bugs) for the picnic, while Mo grows increasingly anxious. Muddle’s excitement is infectious as he rushes to and fro, and Mo’s expressions tell so much of the story as his concern about worms for lunch grows. While primarily a sweet story about friendship, it could be used as a springboard to learning more about worms and their role in the environment and the food chain. Worms are Mother Nature’s composters and help our environment by bringing air and nutrients into the soil. Be a game changer and create your own worm farm.

When the Bees Buzzed Off!

Written by Lula Bell; illustrated by Stephen Bennett

Uh-oh! All the minibeasts are in a pickle. The bees have buzzed off and there’s no-one to pollinate the fruit and flowers. It’s up to three brave bugs, and one very grumpy snail, to bring back our fuzzy buzzy friends – the bees! This book is full of fascinating bee facts as well as a lift-the-flap adventure story. Brimming with a vast array of minibeasts and highlighting how vital bees are for the wellbeing of our food and environment, this is the perfect book to share with children in National Science Week. Be a game changer and design a hotel for bees. Families all over the world are making hotels for bees out of recycled materials. These hotels can be a nesting place for bees in summer and a hibernation place in winter.

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Songs

Bees Here!

Bees here, bees there,
Bees, bees everywhere!
Bzzz, Bzzz, Bzzz!

Bees on my shoulders,
Bees on my toes,
Bees on my belly and
Bees on my nose!

Bees on my arms,
Bees on my lips,
Bees on my knees and
Bees on my hips!

Bees here, Bees there,
Bees, bees everywhere!
Bzzz, Bzzz, Bzzz!

 

 

Ladybugs Fly!

Ladybugs like to fly, fly, fly!
They spread their wings and reach for the sky!

They fly up high and they fly down low
They fly really fast, and they fly really slow.

They fly over here, they fly over there,
They like to fly everywhere!

And if you see a ladybug fly,
Be sure to wave and say, “Goodbye!”

 

 

Craft Idea

Let’s make a happy hardworking honey bee.

Honey Bee craft

Materials required

  • White A4 card stock
  • Picture of honey bee
  • Paper straw
  • Black pipe cleaner
  • 2 Yellow beads
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Crayons

Method:

  • Print honey bee colour-in onto white card.
  • Colour in and cut out.
  • Thread yellow beads onto each end of the black pipecleaner and fold pipecleaner to secure beads in place.
  • Tape pipecleaner to back of bee image.
  • Tape the straw to the back of the bee.

Did You Know?

Bees are responsible for a third of every mouthful we eat and one million flowers are needed to make one jar of honey! Learn to appreciate our buzzy fuzzy friends by discovering why their survival matters so much.