Lily is learning about minibeast at school this term and she decided she wanted to make a minibeast hotel...
Each term at school, Lily's class have focused on a different subject and we've tried to build that into our activities at home. This term, their class is looking at minibeasts and after seeing one on TV, Lily wanted to build something for them to live in.
We've all seen the various reports on how now is when we need to take action to help our environment and one children's show (I can't remember which) talked about how having these minibeast hotels in your garden can be a small step to improving the local environment. It helps create new habitats for a range of different creatures as it incorporates a range of different objects.
What do you need?
A large container - We used an old cardboard box but anything similar will do.
Paint & pens - These will help you decorate it!
A range of plants, sticks and stones
We started by decorating the box. As we live in a flat, we decided to place the box outside by our railings and thought we'd add a sign to the top of the box explaining what it is so that the caretaker knew it was't rubbish that had been dumped. Lily and I decided to draw different bugs and insects. Lily also added some windows and doors for them. We used colouring pens for this but you can always paint yours!
Once you have this, you need things to put into the box to encourage creatures to come in and explore. So we put Cecily in the pram, put our shoes on and used the box to walk around the local area collecting a range of leaves, flowers, twigs, stones and a load of grass to make it more appealing. We tried to find plants from different areas and leaves from different types of trees as we thought this would gives us the best chance of getting a variety of visitors rather than loads of the same.
When we got back, we placed the box where we wanted it to go, then positioned all of the items we'd collected so that there where open areas, areas where minibeasts could hide, dark areas, lighter areas, just anything that would recreate their natural habitats.