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Mad about Minibeasts! by Giles Andreae

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Beetles are scuttling, Ants are marching and a shimmering Dragonfly catches your child’s eye. Sit in the park or in the garden and read about the exciting life of the Minibeasts, which are all around you.

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Now you’ve enjoyed a great book, try this:

in the great outdoors…

  • Go out with a pot (an old yoghurt pot will be fine) to your local green space, park or garden to see what bugs you can find.
  • Don’t forget to help your child look under old logs or bricks and see what is lurking underneath. Alternatively take an old white pillowcase outside and place it under a tree. Give the tree a shake and see what bugs fall out onto it.
  • Go to the Woodland Trust Nature Detectives page to look up which bugs you found, or download a spotter sheet before you go out.

and at home…

  • Help your child collect some sycamore seeds.
  • They could stick them on a twig to make their own Dragonfly.
  • Your child could decorate the wings with glitter. Don’t forget Dragonflies have 2 pairs of wings!
  • Have a chat about where your Dragonflies could live.