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Mad about Minibeasts - Giles Andreae

Minibeasts are the tiny creatures that we would find in the garden or the park. They include ants, snails, ladybirds, worms, butterflies, caterpillars, wasps, bees and spiders. 


Let's explore - Go on a 'minibeast hunt' in the garden or the park. What types of minibeasts can you find? Where will you look?


Talk about it - Which minibeasts do you like? Which ones don't you like?  Why?  What about your family - do they think the same as you or not?


Find out  - Why not look on the computer and find out more about one of the minibeasts from the poems?

Think about - What does it look like? Where does it live? How does it move?

Tell someone in your family about what you have learnt.


Can you make it? - Try making a picture or a model of a minibeast - see the pictures below for ideas.


Marching minibeasts  - Watch the clip on the link below and join in - 'The Ants go Marching' is a number and a rhyming song.


CBeebies fun - Watch 'Minibeast Adventure with Jess' as she explores more about minibeasts - see the link below.


Minibeast crafts

Minibeast crafts 1
Minibeast crafts 2

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Here are some ideas you might like to try after hearing the story:

  • Watch the short video of how a caterpillar changes into a butterfly. Click on the link below to access the clip.
  • Pretend to be a caterpillar looking for food (crawling around), then in a cocoon (wrapped in a blanket), then emerging slowly as a butterfly (moving wings),  visiting flowers (flying action).  You have learnt the lifecycle of a butterfly!
  • Think together about all of the food in the story -which were healthy? Is it good to eat too much food? Which was your favourite food in the story? Which food was best for the caterpillar?
  • Why don't you try a new piece of fruit this week? Do you like it? Was that fruit in the Hungry Caterpillar story?
  • Sing our Nursery  'Days of the Week' song - see if you can teach it to your family.
  • Try to make one of the crafts in the pictures below - a headband, butterfly wings or a caterpillar?
Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3

The Little Red Hen

Here are some ideas you might like to try after hearing the story:


  • Be a storyteller with Mrs Hughes - join in with the story words and the actions as you watch the video.
  • Working together  - encourage your child to find one simple way to help someone each day ( tidying / helping / sharing / saying kind words). Make a record of their actions and at the end of the week celebrate what they have achieved.
  • Use your hands - play a miming game. Take it in turns to mime / act out a familiar activity - can someone else guess what it is you are doing? (e,g, mixing, cutting , brushing, driving etc)
  • Find out more  -  watch the CBeebies programme 'Come Outside' to find out about how bread is made. Please use the link below to access the programme.
  • Cooking together - Do some cooking or baking together. As you work, talk with your child about the different ingredients, the importance of measuring amounts , how to work safely etc.



Peace at Last (Jill Murphy)

Here are some ideas you might like to try after hearing the story:


  • Mr Bear is feeling very tired after his busy night, Have a chat with your famiily about sleep. What makes you feel tired? Why do we need to go to sleep? What helps you get to sleep?
  • Clocks tell us the time. Do you have clocks at home? Where are they in your house? Look carefully at the 'face' of the clock. Can you talk about the numbers that you can see? Perhaps you could make your own clock and work with an adult to write the numbers and even add the clock 'hands' so it can show the time?
  • If you are interested in animals, could you use books or the internet to find out about animals that come out at night ( called nocturnal animals). Can you find out any information about what they do in the day / night?
  • Can you use your voice to make different sounds? Can you make sounds like a car? a bird? a clock? a duck? a train? Perhaps you can think of other sounds and challenge your family to make the noises?
  • Do you remember the number rhyme called '5 cheeky monkeys jumping on the bed'? Sing it with your family, remembering to show the correct number of fingers as you sing each verse.                                                                                                                 If you have forgotten - let me remind you of the words:                                                                                                                           '5 cheeky monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped his head,                                                                                      Mummy called the Doctor and the Doctor said 'No more monkeys jumping on the bed!'                                                                                         4 cheeky monkeys / 3 cheeky monkeys   etc


Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Here are some ideas you might like to try after hearing the story:


  • Give your toys different voices and tell stories about their adventures - don't forget to use their 'voice' as they speak.
  • Have a Teddy Bear's Picnic - make sure that you share the food out carefully so that everyone has the 'same' .
  •  Try making porridge together - who likes it? / who doesn't? Why not?
  • Think about things in your house that are 'hard' and 'soft'. Can you find something in each room?
  • Play a 'number 3' challenge - can you bring me 3 socks / 3 spoons / 3blades of grass etc. Look for careful counting and makes sure everyone helps to tidy up afterwards!
  • Talk about safety with you child as you go about your daily life, both at home and outside. E.g. road safety / online safety / cookers / electrical equipment / water safety.  Please note - This is not to frighten or worry the children, but rather to help increase their natural awareness and understanding of the world around them at an appropriate level.

Barry The Fish With Fingers - Sue Hendra

Here are some ideas that you might like to try after hearing the story:


  • In the story, Barry helped his friends - what could you do to help people at home?
  • Can you believe that Barry had fingers! Do fish normally have fingers? Why not? What do fish have instead and how do they use them? Can you find out?
  • Try drawing around your hands - can you cut them out? Ask a grown up for help using the scissors. If your family draw round their hands - what do you notice? Can you put the hands in size order? Who has the biggest  / smallest hands?
  •  Using the internet or books, can you find out  some new facts about different sea creatures? Puffy was a puffer fish - what do puffer fish look like?
  • Could you make a fish or a sea creature? If you have things to decorate it,  you could make the creature really interesting to look at.

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