Learn about garden superheroes + Make a worm compost tower!
Summer SPARK guide: Minibeasts
Learning extension ideas
Preschool (ages 2-4)
Make a pretend garden using felt, construction paper, or even magazine cutouts for your child to play with and re-arrange.
Go on a nature walk to spot as many bugs as you can
Purchase Safari Toobs Insects to:
Recreate an outdoor ‘small world’ scene. Try using fake grass, stones, bark, or other natural materials to create a habitat.
Fill a sensory bin with fake grass, stones, and place figurines inside for your little one to find
Create some homemade play dough and press the insects into the dough to create insect prints and patterns.
Use wooden blocks to recreate your favorite minibeasts. Ask someone else to guess what you made.
Elementary (ages 5-10)
In the video, we learned about invertebrates (animals with no internal skeleton or backbone). List as many invertebrates as you can, preferably ones you may have spotted around the yard. Try to come up with at least 20. Go through each one and guess if it’s a bug, insect or minibeast. Ask an adult to help you verify your answers.
Make a poster to show what you should and should not feed the worms. Place the poster somewhere visible so the whole family can see and help collect the proper scraps to feed your worms.
TECHNOLOGY + ENGINEERING
In the video, we learned about 3 garden superheroes. Design a kinetic sculpture inspired by your favorite one! Or follow the tutorial in the SPARK guide to create a movable Blue Morpho butterfly.
Design your own garden plot by tracking sun patterns, testing soil, determining your growing zone, and acquiring seeds.
In the video, Shannon made a worm tower using scrap lumber. If you wanted to make one at home that has 4 equal sides, measuring 20” each and a lid measuring 10” in length, how much lumber would you need to have on hand?