Minibeast hotel

Creating homes for minibeasts is a great way for your child to develop key skills.

Minibeast hotel

Minibeasts to look out for

  • Bees
  • Ladybirds
  • Butterflies
  • Spiders
  • Beetles
  • Snails
  • Grasshoppers
  • Daddy long-legs
  • Earwigs
  • Woodlice

What you will need to make your minibeast hotel

  • A clean tin can or a 2-litre plastic bottle
  • Natural materials – leaves, grass, moss etc.
  • Bamboo canes, paper straws, brown paper or sticks
  • String

Step 1

Cut the top and bottom off the bottle to make a tube.

Or use a tin opener to cut the top and bottom off the tin. Careful of the sharp tin edges.

Safety tip: Use sandpaper to sand down the sharp edges of the tin.

Step 2

Put the bamboo canes, paper straws, rolled-up paper, or sticks inside the bottle or tin tube. 

Minibeasts love to shelter inside hollow things.

Step 3

Loop some string through the bottle/can.

Step 4

Put your leaves, grass, moss etc. around the bamboo or straws in the tube. 

Hang or place your minibeast hotel outside and see who comes to visit.

Butterfly feeding station

  1. Make sugar water - dissolve 1 part sugar in 9 parts water.
  2. Soak a sponge in the sugar water. 
  3. Tie string around the sponge and hang it outside.

What is my child learning?

Communication and language development: 

  • Listening to and following instructions
  • Having opportunities to ask questions about things they experience

Personal, social and emotional development

  • Exploring new things and environments, while checking in regularly with familiar adults

Physical development

  • Developing control in holding and using tools and objects

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