Minibeast Month of May!

The children at Benachie playgroup have been learning about minibeasts and their favourite habitats throughout the month of May.

At the beginning of the month, we visited the Forest Kindergarten, and explored under rocks, stones and logs on a quest to find the most exciting little creatures!

Using Perspex viewers, the children collected little bugs and beasties from their hiding places, and got up close and personal with some of the forest’s tiniest inhabitants.  We found woodlice, centipedes, millipedes, spiders, and all kinds of creatures!  We were very careful to return our new friends back to their homes afterwards.  We then built our own giant bugs using the logs, twigs, leaves and mud from the forest – one ‘centipede’ had far too many twig legs to count!

Last Friday, we ventured into the playgroup garden and built our very own bug hotel.  We used pallets, bricks, sawn-up drainpipe, and plastic bottles stuffed with dried moss and straw, make the perfect home for little bugs.

We have also been learning about the lifecycle of a caterpillars and painting our own beautiful butterflies hatching from their cocoons.  We’ve also managed to find time to read a favourite story The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and to build some lovely caterpillar jigsaws.

What a busy bug-tastic month!