Insects & Minibeasts for preschoolers - Reptile Encounters


Does your class know the difference between a spider and an insect? They will learn all about the unique and fascinating creatures that make up the most abundant animal group in the world – the invertebrates! Find out about the importance of insects and minibeasts in our environment and the wide range of species in this group such as spiders, millipedes, burrowing cockroaches, hermit crabs, and more. Perfect for any budding entomologists in your class.


Invertebrates are one of the most important groups of animals for thriving ecosystems, but not many notice them working endlessly to replenish our soils, clean up rotting materials and provide vital food sources for other animals. Without them our environment collapses, so help students get to notice and love them as much as they do the cute and fluffy. 

These are just a few they may get to meet: 

Cheryl - Spiny Leaf Stick Insect

The Spiny Leaf Stick Insect is a herbivore feeding exclusively on eucalyptus leaves.

Rosie - Goliath Stick Insect

The Goliath Stick Insect has a pinky/red colour on the underside of their wings which they use to ward off predators.

Bazza - Giant Burrowing Cockroach

Giant Burrowing Cockroaches are also known as Giant Litter Bugs as they eat all the dried leaf litter on the forest floor, helping to turn over the soil.

Matthew - Flinders Ranges Scorpion

Did you know that Scorpions can glow in the dark, no one knows why they do this.

Tara - Tarantula

A Tarantula uses its hairy legs to feel, each little hair has sensory receptors on it.

Hermes - Hermit Crab

Hermit Crabs have ten legs however only 6 of these are ever visible, the other four are used to hold onto their shell.

Charlie - Giant Centipede

Giant Centipedes are venomous creatures, using their venom to subdue their prey. It also helps to start the digestive process happening.

Marty - Mertens Water Monitor

Mertens Water Monitors are predators feeding on insects, crustaceans & fish.



What roles do invertebrates play in our ecosystem? 

What makes them an insect or arachnid? 

What do they eat? 

What do they feel like?

What cool and unique features do they have?

How does their body shape, colour, texture, or physical features allow them to perform their roles or escape predation?

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