Join our Education team for our fortnightly Mini Discoveries from the Zoo videos - designed to get younger children out and about exploring the natural world with simple activities to complete at home.
All of the videos are aimed at ages 3 to 7, but anyone can join in the fun!
mini discovery from the zoo - Bugs!
This Mini Discovery feature focuses on Bugs. Join Jo from Education as she goes in our Bugs at Home exhibit to find out what makes an insect an insect and more. The activity is making racing caterpillars!
mini discovery from the zoo - plants
This Mini Discovery feature focuses on PLANTS. Join Jo from Education as she goes behind the scenes in our Gardens department to find out what plants need to grow and seeks out some of the amazing plants you can look for on your next visit to the zoo. The activity is making wildflower seed bombs!
mini discovery from the zoo - colour
Our first Mini Discovery video of May is all about COLOUR. Join Jo from Education in our Tropical Trails exhibit to find out some of the different ways animals use colour followed by a really simple activity - growing a rainbow!
Aimed at 3-7 year olds but any age can join in the fun.
mini discovery from the zoo - frogs
This Mini Discovery feature is on FROGS!
Included is a fun activity for children to try at home, with slimy frogspawn and flowers that magically bloom...
mini discovery from the zoo - easter eggs
This Mini Discovery is all about EGGS. Jo from our Education team explores eggs of all different shapes and sizes and finds out how we can see the insides of an egg without cracking it.
The simple activity this week will be making a naked bouncy egg using just vinegar and a glass!
Aimed at 3-7 year olds, but suitable for all ages.
mini discovery from the zoo - we're going on a poo hunt!
With this feature, we visited some of our enclosures to find out which of our animals has the biggest poo, the smelliest poo or even the rarest poo!
This is followed up with a simple no-bake cookie activity for you to try at home, looking at why poo can actually be quite useful.
View the recipe for the zoo poo no-bake cookies here.
You will need an adult to help make the cookies. The ingredients and recipe will also be at the end of the video.
Mini discovery from the zoo - flowers
Our first feature is celebrating the arrival of spring here at the zoo! We take a closer look to find out how flowers work, with a simple dissection activity that you can do at home.
Children will need a daffodil, a mobile phone and a pair of scissors (along with adult supervision).
Make sure you have permission to pick your flowers and please don’t eat any part of the daffodils as they are toxic!
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