Making a bug hotel, view of completed structure showing detail of components, Potton lower school, Bedfordshire

Homes for minibeasts

There are lots of simple things that you can make as a class to give minibeasts a place to live.

This activity is about looking at habitats and finding suitable places within your grounds for minibeasts.


Are you doing this activity as part of your Wild Challenge? Take a look at your progress and go for gold!


This activity supports the following subjects: Science, Design and Technology.


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What do I need?

  • A prior knowledge of different materials and their properties could be useful
  • Containers that you could use include: plastic drinks bottles, old buckets, flower pots, wooden pallets.
  • You will also need materials such as hollow canes, pine cones, stones, hay and straw.
  • Our how-to guides below give full instructions or use these for ideas and come up with your own design!

What do I do?

  1. Research the different types of habitat that minibeasts like, and then decide which one or ones you’d like to build.
  2. Use our how-to guides below for step-by-step instructions.
  3. Work with the children to decide on the best location for your new home(s). Once the home is set up do not disturb it. Wait and see if you get any visitors!
  4. Don't forget to tell us when you have completed the activity! When you mark the activity as complete, you will be asked to upload a photo to help earn your award.

Welsh resources


Completing the activity

Use the 'Mark as complete' button at the top of this page to tell us you've completed your activity. You'll need to show us what you did by uploading a photo of you building your minibeast home, or a photo of your completed masterpiece.

Get them thinking

Here are some prompts to help with learning:

  • What do you need to consider about the materials you use?
  • How can you try to ensure the wildlife can thrive in the environment you are creating?
Building a bug hotel

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