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Hunting Minibeasts

Hunting Minibeasts

What You’ll Need:

Getting into the Activity

Go on a hunt for minibeasts. Which ones will you find? Can you carefully catch any to get a closer look at them?

  • Head out to your minibeast hunting area (wooded area, park, garden etc). Explain to the group their boundaries and ensure suitable leader supervision.
  • Give each child or small group a jar or container to collect minibeasts in, a magnifying glass to help study them and a paintbrush to help collect the minibeasts gently.
  • The best place to find bugs and creatures is under logs, rocks & leaves. Getting down to their level on the floor will help your hunting.
  • When you find a minibeast, gently use the paintbrush to encourage it into the jar/container. Be careful not to harm the bug.
  • Spend some time watching the minibeast using your magnifying glass. Can you see how it moves? Does it have any markings?
  • Use your ‘Minibeast Hunt’ sheet to help identify the bug you have caught and tick it off your list. If it isn’t on your list, then add it to the bottom of the sheet.
  • Gently return the minibeast where you found it and then carry on looking for the other creatures on the worksheet.

If you’re not able to use jars and magnifying glasses, then just try to observe the minibeasts as closely as you can before they hurry away. Make sure to tick them off your list.

Keeping Everyone Safe 

  • Activity MUST be supervised by a leader or parent/carer at ALL times.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST assess risk before taking part.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST ensure that current Government guidelines are followed at all times (including social distancing, travel etc).
  • Shared equipment should be kept to a minimum and everyone should sanitise their hands before and after the activity.
  • Please return bugs to where you found them.
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