Download Mission: Invertebrate's free activities and information sheets to see London’s green spaces in a whole new way. Whether you’re at home, in your local park or one of the incredible Royal Parks, these resources will help you and your family discover fascinating nature on your doorstep.
Family learning resources
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|Learn about insect body parts by looking at the UK’s largest invertebrate: the stag beetle! Rebuild the beetle by drawing its pieces in the correct places. Suitable for ages 5-11.|
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|Locate the camouflaged critters in this visual search game, followed by a spineless scavenger hunt for invertebrate investigators. Suitable for ages 3-11.|
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|Help a very hungry Buzz find her way to a flower to get a drink of nectar then colour her in to cut out and wear as a mask! Suitable for ages 3-11.|
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|Unscramble the jumbled up names to reveal which incredible invertebrates are nature’s recyclers! Can you guess?|
|What Am I? |
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|The two main groups of animals are vertebrates (with a backbone) and invertebrates (no backbone). But can you identify which creatures are which?|
|We're Going on a Bug Hunt |
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|Invertebrates are all around, but sometimes we have to look quite hard to find them. Make it your mission to go out and search for these fantastic creatures.|
|How to make Cuckoo Spit Foam|
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|Have you ever seen frothy bubbles on plant stems and wondered what it is? Learn all about cuckoo spit and how you can make your own!|
|How to make a Cone Bee|
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|Make your very own solitary bee with this simple craft project!|
|How to make Seed Balls|
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Follow our guide to make your own seed balls. Add a pop of wildflower colour to your outdoor space and help pollinators at the same time!
|Fastest Invertebrate Race Track||Build a racetrack and host your very own invertebrate Olympics to see which is the quickest invertebrate in your neighbourhood.|
Adult learning resources
Gardening for Biodiversity
|Planting for Pollinators |
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|Whether you have a garden, porch or windowsill, find out how you can choose plants that not only look fabulous but are loved by invertebrates.|
|Pollinator Plants - Sunny Gardens |
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|Do you have a sunny garden, windowsill or balcony? Find out which sun-loving plants are great sources of food for pollinators, and will look fantastic in your outdoor space.|
|Pollinator Plants - Shaded Gardens |
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|Planting for pollinators in shady spots can seem difficult, but there are plenty of shade-tolerant flowering plants that light up darker areas of the garden and provide much-needed food for pollinators.|
|Wildflower Meadows |
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|Our easy-to-follow resource offers advice on creating a wildflower meadow in your garden, or a meadow-in-a-pot for your front steps or windowsill.|
|Container Ponds |
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|A water feature enhances the feel of any garden, and you don't need a huge space or a large budget to be able to create one. Find out how to create your own container pond, and which plants to choose for sunny and shaded locations.|
|Flower Architecture |
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Over millions of years of evolution, plants and insects have improved the art of pollination. Find out more about how varied flower shapes have evolved to suit particular pollinators, and how growing a wide variety of flower shapes and colours in your garden will help to attract a wider variety of pollinators.
Join the Mission: Invertebrate team and guest presenters for our step-by-step video tutorials to help you discover the invertebrates living near your home, and show how you can make your garden, balcony or other outdoor space more welcoming for all sorts of minibeasts.
Looking for more?
New Mission: Invertebrate and Royal Parks' videos are uploaded regularly to our YouTube channel.
Additional Royal Parks' downloadable home learning resources are available here.
If you've been enjoying these then why not come along to one of our live events to take your exploration to the next level?