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Hello,

I've just recently joined the forum and the wonderful world of Reception. I'm an NQT and did my training in KS1 and mostly KS2. I've had my class since January and am really struggling with independent activities. Our topic for this term is minibeasts and I was wondering whther you could give me some ideas for CLL, MD, KUW, CD that could engage the children and e used as independent activities please?

 

Sorry if I should know what I'm doing and I don't!

 

Thanks, Tash

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Sorry if I should know what I'm doing and I don't!

 

 

Join the club Tash :o And welcome xD

 

Cant help with the query but like shelley says, you'll gain some brilliant ideas :(

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Welcome to the forum Tash.

 

Just a few quick ideas - Make a trap to catch a bug. Play beetle drive (will need to be taught the game first but then will work as an independent activity). Make minibeasts from dough or plasticine - these could either be coloured dough or salt dough which could then be baked and painted. Paint pictures of different minibeasts. Making bees from cardboard rolls, paper wings and pipe cleaners. You could perhaps make a sorting tree (can't think of the proper title!) - you know the sort - wings yes no etc. and then give them a selection of plastic minibeasts to sort. Small world play set up in a tuff spot with some plastic minibeasts. Butterfly splash paintings.

 

Harricroft

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Welcome to the forum Tash, :o try a search and you will find lots of activity ideas.

Soon you will be wondering how you ever managed before without the forum xD

 

Peggy

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How about creating a small world scene of a "mini-beast habitat" inside a tuff spot - you'd get LOADS of CLL and CD out of that! Lots of twigs and leaves, maybe some soil, bark and stones and a selection of minibeasts hidden amongst everything?

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we've just painted ladybirds on rocks - took 3 days waiting for paint to dry then putting on next layer - just got to varnish them now and they'll be ready to go into the shrubbery!

 

Sarahx :o

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Our children have just spent the last few days making a snail tank to look at them,

they spend ages looking at them,

finding them in the garden,

they have drawn them,

watched them move and leave marks on paper,

made thier own glittery trails with glue and glitter,

role played snails, and snail homes (they made a dark corner to creep into,)

made playdough snails ....

list seems to go on...

 

All we did was start the idea of watching them indoors instead of constantly having them given to us in the garden they did all the rest independantly, a resourceful bunch we have this year...(we are a pre-school so FS1)

 

they were released after 48 hrs.... back to a suitable location away from the garden....and now we are back searching and to being given them again.....

 

I hate snails, :o

 

give me spiders and worms anyday!! xD

They come next.... :(

 

Inge

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Hi

 

We have just finished looking at life cycles, here's a few examples of what we did.

 

Different coloured playdough with google eyes and pipe cleaners to make their own insects.

 

Sorting minibeast toys according to different criterias such as amount of legs etc.

 

Junk model insects - we leave a selection of tubes and boxes, paints paper, eyes and pipecleners, sellotape and glue and let the children make their own insects -depending on the childrens age they could even name their insects and write some information about them.

 

A sorting tray with plastic tweezers to develop fine motor skills they can can pick out the mimibeasts from rocks in a tray.

 

Hope this will help, i will keep thinking,

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Hi Tash and a belated welcome from me too!

Our children have enjoyed using clip boards and recording all the minibeasts they can find in our outdoor classroom.

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Hi and welcome to the forum

 

The obvious symmetrical butterfly prints (CD & MD)

There is also a nice butterfly on the Kent ICT site to make either on the PC or IWB http://www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/earlyict/butterfly.htm

Spots on ladybirds (MD doubling or counting or adding)

Also on Kent site is a minibeast observation game http://www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/earlyict/animals.htm

also build your own minibeast http://www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/games/minibeasts_v3.html

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Oh my goodness!!! I can't believe this, thank you all ssssso much!!! What a beauty!!!

 

I really hope I'm able to return the gesture!!!

 

Love Tash XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

 

Hi and welcome to the forum

 

The obvious symmetrical butterfly prints (CD & MD)

There is also a nice butterfly on the Kent ICT site to make either on the PC or IWB http://www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/earlyict/butterfly.htm

Spots on ladybirds (MD doubling or counting or adding)

Also on Kent site is a minibeast observation game http://www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/earlyict/animals.htm

also build your own minibeast http://www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/games/minibeasts_v3.html

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