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Marvellous Mini-beasts: Design a Species (Age 7 to 11)

In this activity, produced by ARKive, children learn about the concept of adaptation. They create and design a new species of mini-beast and learn how different species are adapted to survive in particular habitats. The activity could be undertaken in class or set as a homework activity. This creative activity is designed to teach 7 to 11 year olds about the concept of adaptation. This is the process whereby a species evolves characteristics that enable it to survive in a particular habitat. Using mini-beasts as the example, children learn about how different types of mini-beast are adapted for particular things such as moving, escaping from predators and finding food. Working in groups, children are asked to design and create their own new species of mini-beast. Children then present their new species to the rest of the class and explain how their particular species is adapted.

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