Minibeasts: It’s a small world
6 April 2009Add to My Folder
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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
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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