As this is Yara’s last week before starting school, I wanted to make sure it was amazing and one she will hopefully remember. So when I got invited to the Natural History Museum at Tring to try out one of their ‘Magnify Minibeasts’ workshops for the kids, I was a bit skeptical whether it would have the WOW factor for Yara.
As we joined the group of kids and parents near a pond at the back of the museum, the staff began talking about what lives in the pond and how different insects can see differently to our human eyes. The kids got to paint a picture in fluorescent colours to show how dragonflies see. Anything involving paint gets the children interested. They also got to play around with different tools to see how insects view things. Yara was in her element and her brain was ticking.
The next activity was looking at a tray of pond water and fishing out different insects and figuring out what they were. Yara loved scooping up baby dragonflies and snails into the cup and looking closely at them. This was more than I had bargained for and educational too. You can’t go wrong with that.
Our final task was going to the meadow nearby and trying to catch insects using a net. A great idea to let the kids run around and see what they could find. Yara and I managed to catch a few grasshoppers and one BIG cricket – it was such a laugh and so interesting too, even for me ( I was very proud of catching that cricket!)
After a quick bite at a nearby Costa (museum cafe was rammed), we went inside the museum and headed straight to their ‘Animal Vision’ exhibition. Yara was in there for ages looking at animal eyeballs, doing the touch screen questions and playing with all the bits on display. She absolutely loved it!
The rest of the museum was filled with lots of animals and although it was busy with it being the summer holidays, we still managed to see everything. One of my favourite things was how Yara was able to name some of the more exotic animals – it goes to show how their brains are sponges and with the many activities the museum puts on, it helps expand their minds beyond the usual zoo animals we get to see.
As I said, they have plenty of activities for inquisitive minds and we’ll definitely be going back there for half-term and see what else they can tap into Yara’s brain, whilst we all have fun and do something a bit different.
Have a great weekend and good luck to all those kids going to school next week!