Minibeasts are simply small animals: spiders, snails, slugs, beetles, centipedes, worms, earwigs, caterpillars – and thousands of other types of minibeast that exist all over the world. Officially, minibeasts are called invertebrates, which are animals without a backbone, and these are the most numerous type of animal in the world. In Britain alone there are over 25,000 species of known invertebrates.
Some people regard most ‘creepy crawlies’ simply as ugly nuisances and, indeed, some of them can be pests and spread diseases. However, all invertebrates are a very important part of life in the habitat in which they live.
This series of cross curriculum projects provides comprehensive resources and an array of background notes, mini project plans, photo pages and activity sheets to engage children in learning literacy, numeracy, science, geography, art & design and design & technology through the theme of minibeasts.