Spots, stripes or speckles? Large or small, fast or slow? All animals are different, but they also have many things in common. Like a real researcher, learn to discover patterns by looking at real furs, feathers, shells and stuffed animals. Dress up like an animal and find its twin in the museum. Do you have a shell, stripes, wings or…? Who else has this?
Everything you need to knowin a row
- Type: Workshop
- Level: groups 1 and 2 (4–6 years old)
- Length: 120 minutes
- Number of pupils: at least 15, but no more than 36
- Areas: workshop The present, Life gallery
- The school supplies: one parent/supervisor for every five pupils
- Naturalis supplies: two educational assistants
- Main objective: pupils observe, investigate and discover patterns in nature
- Link to core objective: pupils are taught about the structure of plants, animals and humans and about the form and function of their constituent parts
- Keywords: patterns, animals, forms, classification
Course of the programat the museum
The program consists of three parts. The schedule given below is an indication only.
0-60 minutes: research in the workshop area
Pupils begin in the workshop area under the guidance of an educational assistant and, after a brief introduction, engage in three activities. They examine real shells and sort them into groups , they examine real animal things, and they playfully learn more about the animal world using plastic animal models. Parents/guardians from school are asked to support the pupils.
60 - 80 minutes: time for a break
Opportunity for a snack and restroom visit.
80 - 110 minutes: visit gallery Life
The group visits the Life gallery, with about a thousand animals now found in the world. Pupils put on a shark fin, butterfly wings or other costume item and search for the animal they represent. Along the way, they look for animals with stripes, dots, the same colors or other patterns. They work in groups of ten pupils accompanied by two parents/guardians from school.
110 - 120 min: wrap up in the workshop area
The educational assistant gathers the group and discusses the workshop.