Galway City Museum’s programme of events caters for a variety of audiences and interests, comprising gallery tours, illustrated talks, art and craft workshops, art classes and lectures. Enjoy our current series of online workshops here!
Nature is everywhere – even the tiniest patch of grass is a kingdom full of creatures, you just need to look very closely! Join Science Educator Lindsay Deely of Toodlelou for an online workshop exploring the multitude of Mini-Beasts that call our back gardens home.
You will learn about garden Mini-beasts as well as some of their relatives that live by the shore and in the sea. Lindsay will be guiding you through a beautiful art project that you can make at home, and a simple science project that will be guaranteed fun for all. There are also some printable activities to try should you want to keep exploring the marvellous world of Mini-Beasts.
What you will need
Project 1: Mini-Beast Trap
- Empty Yogurt Pots
- Thick Card
- Large Stones
- Food (cat food/apple)
Project 2: Mini-Beast Museum
- Lid of shoebox or Large piece of Cardboard / A4 White Paper
- Paint /Coloured Paper
- Colouring Materials
Project 3: Snail Slime
- White PVA / Craft Glue
- Baking Soda
- Optrex Eye Wash Solution
Section 1 – Introducing Mini-Beasts, how many can you find?
Lindsay begins her workshop by telling you some fascinating minibeasts facts, what are mini-beasts and why are they important? You will then take part in a marvelous mini-beast hunt which will help you to find and identify mini-beasts that live in your back garden.
Section 2 – Exploring Mini-Beasts
In section 2 Lindsay teaches you how to create a safe Mini-beast Trap in order to trap and examine some mini-beasts in your own garden, both herbivores and carnivores, before safely releasing them back into the wild. She continues by helping you to create a Mini-beast Museum to draw and display the wonderful creatures you found in your garden. Lindsay has also created a wonderful PDF which tell you how to create your very own Snail slime.
Biodiversity is the enormous variety of plant and animal life in the world. It refers to every living thing, including plants, bacteria, animals and humans.
Habitat is the place where an organism lives; it provides a particular set of conditions for life; it may be large (a field) or small (a leaf)
Species is set of organisms that share many characteristics in common; they can breed with each other to produce fertile offspring; example of species are humans, dogs, cats, buttercups and daffodils
Mini Beasts, also known as invertebrates, are small creatures who do not have backbones like humans. They include insects, crustaceans, millipedes and arachnids.
This Galway City Museum initiative is supported by Creative Ireland through Galway City Council.
Other Useful Resources
Age: 3rd to 6th Classes
Understand the interdependence of a wide variety of living things and their environments, recognize the importance of conserving habitats and environments, and begin to understand that all life now and in the future depends on the sustainable development of the planet.
Observe, identify and investigate the animals and plants that live in local environments
To develop the child’s awareness of, sensitivity to and enjoyment of visual, aural, tactile and spatial qualities in the environment
To enable the child to experience the excitement and fulfilment of creativity and the achievement of potential through art activities
To reinforce and stimulate curiosity and imagination about local and wider environments
To encourage the development of caring attitudes and responsible behaviour towards the environment, and involvement in the identification, discussion, resolution and avoidance of environmental problems.