Happy Chinese New Year! In February, our children will explore and learn about minibeasts and animals that can fly; birds and bats.
It is generally easy to see birds and minibeasts in the city. This is the perfect project for spring, with lots of scope for play and investigation outdoors. We can encourage children to observe how these animals differ from us, e.g. the various ways they move. Looking at minibeasts, in particular, can provide opportunities to learn about how we care for other creatures and for our environment.
Activities to do with your child:
Go on a minibeast hunt – outside in the park, but also inside with plastic/toy ones!
Make a special moment out of releasing any bugs you catch back into their natural habitat
Talk about the life cycle of birds and minibeasts
Talk about which animals can or cannot fly
There are some great books to go with our February theme. Look out for:
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle
“The Bad Tempered Ladybird” by Eric Carle
“The Very Busy Spider” by Eric Carle
“Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Eric Carle