Maths with mini beasts

The children worked in a group, supported by an adult, to look for mini beasts. We wanted to find out which one was the most common at the mud kitchen area. First we talked about how to pick up and handle them carefully. The children spent time observing the creatures, identifying them and watching how they moved. We found slugs, snail shells, worms, centipedes, a millipede and woodlouses. The children described their finds as “wiggly”, “spikey”, “scary” and “slimey!”

All the children practised counting how many of each creature they had. We added all the numbers together using our fingers and found that worms were the most common. Afterwards, we carefully put them back in their chosen habitats.