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#1 skippy

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 07:34 PM

:o Hi can anyone out there give me some ideas for mini beasts i have looked through the forum already but didnt know if anyone is planning for mini beasts at the mo :)

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 10:26 PM

I did a week on snails last year - don't know if that's any good.

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 10:29 PM

Mini beast topic
Look through the Insect Lore book, they have lots of ideas from grow your own butterlies, snails, ant quariums, games etc.
Make spiders - black sugar paper with black pipe cleaners - good maths activity
Make cobwebs by rolling marbles in a tin with a bit of glitter for the dew
Ladybird printing and finger painting
Snail trails on black paper
What about the little sea monsters - if you leave water outside long enough you will find lots of minibeasts growing of their own accord
Make jelly with bugs in for the children to explore
Catch woodlice and keep them for a while in a damp moist soil with bits of bark etc.
I find the small plastic propogators with lids which can be brought from the garden centres for a couple of pounts really useful for keeping small mini beasts in.
Make webs from white cotton/wool - if you do woodwork the children can make their own from bits of wood and nails and then weave the cotton to make their own webs
The Eric Carle books are good, the very noisy cricket and the spider one are really good which reminds me I must replace my noisy cricket one as it has lots its noise altogether.
Lots of songs, There's a worm at the bottom of my garden, Incey Wincey,
Spiders under magnifying glasses are fascinating, if not a bi scary when you see so much detail, with the larger ones you can even see all their eyes which I always find a bit disconcerting when they are running across the floor as they always have you in view.
Wormeries etc
Too tired to think of much more now - have one day to finish an assignment which is already late and I have another 1000 words to write so must go.
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Posted 09 April 2006 - 09:03 AM

Hi Skippy
I've done Growing & Minibeasts - here is my topic sheet
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Posted 09 April 2006 - 10:49 AM

Cant find my Medium term planning on this lap top may be at school and unfortunately its Easter :o Did find old planning for a days Mini beast safari

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Posted 09 April 2006 - 04:51 PM

I heard a great sounding thing at a course recently (though haven't tried it yet) where you catch a spiders web. Now let me just remember... you get black card/paper and catch a dewy spiders web on it to make a print, then I think you sprinkle it with talc or something - the powder only sticks to the moist parts, thus showing the web pattern ?? Anyone out there done this to elaborate or correct...?
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Posted 09 April 2006 - 05:27 PM

I've tried to do something similar, following advice...you're meant to find an empty spider web and spray it with gold/silver spray then position black paper behind it and snip the anchoring strands. Now it may just be my cack-handedness but I found the webs collapsed and the resulting language, after about the fifth try, cannot possibly be repeated here!
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Posted 09 April 2006 - 05:30 PM

Ooh, then you're meant to laminate it and keep it for posterity. Why anyone would want a gold gloopy mess that bears absolutely no resemblance to anything except a gold gloopy mess is beyond me.
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#9 skippy

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Posted 09 April 2006 - 07:00 PM

fantastic thankyou all for your replys

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Posted 09 April 2006 - 07:22 PM

or you could use a digital camera on a frosty morning :o

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Posted 09 April 2006 - 10:52 PM

Great pictures, Marion :D
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Posted 10 April 2006 - 08:07 AM

I think you are meant to spray it with hair spray to make it sticky first. You need to work fast though, before the hair spray dries. I haven't tried it myself though. :)
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