Kinder Minibeast Safari

Excursion Program Overview

A hands-on investigation of the wonderful creatures and the roles they play in two separate habitats: the garden and a compost bin.

Activities include:

  • Story book introduction
  • Incredible Shrinking Machine & Compost Creatures Costumes– Students venture through our incredible shrinking machine (dressed as our array of minibeasts) to explore inside a compost bin and sing a song.
  • Worms Up Close – Students have a close up look at compost worms using hand lenses and discover what cocoons and saddles look like.
  • Garden Hunt – Students explore our indigenous forest/garden and search for and collect amazing minibeasts.
  • Guided Play Based Learning Activities:
    • Bugs Up Close – Have a close up look at your garden minibeast finds using hand lens’ and our video microscope projected onto a TV screen.
    • Minibeast Body Parts – felt boards.
    • Lifecycle Lucky Dip – matching game.
    • Build a Garden Home – think about all the things that a minibeast would need in a home and build it in our sand-pit before adding the animals.
    • Live insects – meet real life stick insects and giant burrowing cockroaches!

Duration: Can be customised based on the needs of your learners. We recommend 1 hour 30 mins with a 15 minute break half way through.

Restrictions: Maximum of 25 children per Gould League educator. Adults are free of charge, and we suggest bringing a minimum of 5 per group. No younger siblings please.

Curriculum Connections:

Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework: Outcome 2
National Quality Standards: Standard 3.3

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Program Details

Cost (per group): $330 + GST

Max # of Groups (group max. 30): 2

Possible Start Times: 9.45am, 12.15pm

Grade Level: Kindergarten

Program Location: Sustainability Excursion Centre

Program Duration: 1.5 hours inc. break

Program Type: Excursion

Program Theme: Biodiversity, Living things