Minibeasts Incursion

Butterflies, Ladybirds, Dragonflies, Spiders, Slaters, Caterpillars, Worms and Grasshoppers can all be found in The Drama Toolbox garden.

Our MINIBEASTS incursion is a favourite all year round and a perfect introduction to Spring!

During this incursion students will dress-up as minibeasts and interact with each other in a garden environment.

The elements of sun, water and soil will be used during the incursion to create scenes for learning about predators, prey, plant pollination and camouflage.

Suitable for 3 year olds & older.

Addresses Early Years Learning & Development Outcomes.

“Great experience for all children. Lots to gain….listening to another adult’s instruction, creative movement, and drama, opportunity for less confident children to have two chances to wear costumes and good variety so those that are not keen can choose something simple but still participate eg. butterfly costumes/caterpillar.”

Viewbank Preschool

Curriculum Suitability

Links to Early Years Learning & Development Outcomes

The “Minibeasts” incursion addresses the following Early Years Learning and Development Outcomes (Birth to 5 years):

Outcome 1: IDENTITY

Children have a strong sense of identity, when they:

  • cooperate and work collaboratively together eg. marching in single file like ants  to collect food;
  • use role play eg. pretending to be slaters; adopting their features, movement and survival instincts such as crawling around the garden and curling up when they feel threatened.

Outcome 2: COMMUNITY

Children are connected with and contribute to their world, when they:

  • use drama to broaden their understanding of minibeasts; their habitat, features, movement and survival instincts. eg the minibeasts protect themselves from the hungry bird by camouflaging in the garden;
  • develop an awareness of the interdependence of living things eg. pretending to be bees collecting nectar from the flowers to make honey;
  • use role play to observe and notice change eg. pretending to be caterpillars turning into butterflies.

Outcome 3: WELLBEING

Children have a strong sense of wellbeing, when they:

  • make new discoveries about minibeasts including the concepts of camouflage, life cycles and pollination;
  • use physical activity and skills to adopt the minibeast’s movement and characteristics eg. talk like grasshoppers by rubbing their legs together.

Outcome 4: LEARNING

Children are confident and involved learners, when they:

  • use their imaginations to investigate minibeasts living in a garden, exploring features, movement, lifecycles and survival instincts;
  • use role play to explore the concept of camouflage.


Children are effective communicators, when they:

  • interact non-verbally by pretending to be minibeasts, to demonstrate an understanding of lifecycles, pollination, interdependence of living things and camouflage.