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EYFS, KS 1, 2; Early Years, First, Second Stage. 

Ages 3 - 11

DURATION: 45 mins - 55 mins


OVERVIEW: Minibeasts have existed for around 550 million years and make up approximately 97% of creatures on Earth! There are over 25,000 different species in the UK.


During ZooLab’s workshop, children get a fun introduction to invertebrates and classification - these little creatures are quite a big deal. They get to question, investigate and learn about scientific discovery.


This workshop answers all the big questions such as - What do Minibeasts have inside them? Are there any similarities between our bodies and theirs?



Learning Outcomes

  • All children will be able to define ‘minibeast’.

  • All children will be able to name some minibeasts.

  • Most children will be able to correctly identify if an animal is a minibeast.

  • Some children will be able to use the terminology ‘exoskeleton’, ‘endoskeleton’, ‘vertebrate’ and ‘invertebrate’ in context. (7 years +)

You'll get to meet some of these animals:

Coming Autumn 2025:

Free pre-lesson resources and teaching packs!

Free printable educational resource pack
Free printable educational resource pack

“The ZooLab experience was fantastic. The children were very excited to see the range of minibeasts on offer and were able to touch or hold all of the creatures."

Cedars Manor School


What is a Minibeast?

A Minibeast is a creature without a backbone. In fact, Minibeasts don’t have any bones at all - their bodies have different structures for movement and protection.


Invertebrates come in many shapes and sizes, living in a variety of different habitats in almost all parts of the world. They’re not hard to locate – you can even find them in your garden. These hardy creatures have special adaptations that allow them to live in the toughest of environments. Their hard exoskeleton helps them keep waterproof in wet, damp conditions such as rivers and stops them drying out in hot, sandy environments such as deserts and scrubland.  

Curriculum Outcomes England & Wales

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Curriculum Outcomes Scotland

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