Museum in a Box - Minibeast

Boxes are currently available each school term for set loan periods of three weeks. Museum in a Box can be sent to and collected from any educational institution within New South Wales.

Museum in a box - Minibeasts

James King © Australian Museum

The Minibeasts box is a resource designed specifically for Early Childhood. The topic was chosen to complement children's fascination with creatures that they find in their environment. It includes a great variety of 'treasures' - real insects and spiders embedded in resin, a large model ant, insect finger puppets, handmade silk butterfly wings, a specially created wooden ladybug puzzle, posters and books.

Box Content:

  • 8 real insects and spiders embedded in clear plastic
  • A large ant model, great for investigating body parts and as a drawing stimulus 'Magnetic minibeasts', 3 sets of magnetic minibeasts with a magnet board
  • The 'Food Game'; designed as a simple introduction to food webs
  • The 'What am I?' game; a simple classification activity
  • 2 silk butterfly wing dress-ups, made especially for the box
  • A handmade original wooden Ladybird puzzle, a sensory delight!
  • A shiny green dung beetle hand puppet
  • 12 finger puppets just for fun!
  • Minibeast posters and reference books
  • Teachers notes and a Box Journal


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