Our Topic is "wriggle and crawl". We are looking at minibeasts.
Minibeasts are ‘small creatures’, like worms, snails, insects and spiders. The scientific term for them is ‘invertebrates’ – a creature without a backbone.
Because they don’t have a backbone, minibeasts tend to have other structures which support and protect them. Snails have shells, while many insects and spiders have an ‘exoskeleton’, which is a hard casing on their outside.
There are over 25,000 minibeast species in Britain.
Facts of the day
- Camouflage. Did you know there is an insect called the bird-dropping caterpillar? It looks just like...a pile of bird droppings!
- Whilst some minibeasts try to blend into their background, others want to stand out. Bright colours are often a warning to predators like birds.
Today you could;
Go out into the outdoor space you have available and collect a rock. Use a range of different media, chalk, paper, paint, pens, to create a rock minibeast. Can you give your minibeast a name? What do you think they would be thinking about. Record this in a thought bubble.