Activity Introduction

Quick summary: This activity is designed to get children thinking about the invertebrates in the yard and how they might need help from people to live safely and comfortably. Children begin by looking at a range of invertebrate flashcards and discussing the animals they see. Children then create an invertebrate house or habitat zone for the yard at their centre or home.

This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.

EYLF Learning Outcome


Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

3. Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Outcome 4: Children are involved and confident learners

1. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

2. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating

Resources required:

Ages 0 to 2 –

  • Invertebrate Flashcards
  • Materials for making an invertebrate house (such as milk cartons or small cardboard boxes or toilet rolls)
  • Natural materials, such as bark, sticks, fallen leaves and small rocks

Ages 3 to 5 –

  • Invertebrate Flashcards
  • Materials for making an invertebrate habitat (such as milk cartons, old ceramic pots, or a space in the yard)
  • Natural materials, such as bark, sticks, fallen leaves and small rocks

Supporting resources:


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Teacher Worksheet

Background information

Learning goals: Children understand that invertebrates have needs in terms of where they can live and what they need to survive. Children recognise the actions they can take to look after invertebrates in the yard at their centre or at home.

Content information: Many of us get the heebie-jeebies about creepy crawlies. Maybe that’s because there are so many of them. In fact, as a group insects are the most populous animals on Earth: it is estimated that there are 200 million insects for every human on the planet!!!

Fear not, the earth is not in danger of being overrun by bugs. Instead, they are actually vital to the healthy functioning of almost every aspect of our natural environment. They work as pollinators and as decomposers, they enrich and aerate the soil, and they are a critical part of the food chain, serving as a source of food for all sorts of animals.

All bugs are defined as being 'invertebrates', meaning they have no spine. (Humans and other mammal

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