This activity pack is made up of 3 different puzzle activities that all link to theme of butterflies, plants and other animals. The puzzles can either be used as stand-alone activities in the classroom, or used a series to create a longer, Escape Room-style activity.
These activities and puzzles are perfect for after watching the ‘Daisy Discovers Butterflies’ video. These puzzles will make learners feel like detectives by solving mysteries linked to our lost knowledge around plants, butterflies and other animals.
The activities can be used as stand-alone activities or be used to create an Escape Room-style series of activities that the learners solve in groups. A breakdown of the activities can be explored below:
1. Secret Code: Moths and Butterflies
Solve maths equations to reveal a hidden message. Each hidden message spells out the name of a butterfly or moth that is in decline in the UK. There are 3 difficulty levels marked by small dots: •, •• and •••. Each difficulty level has 2 different tasks. The puzzles can be solved in small groups and mixed and matched according to age and ability.
2. Food Chain: Who Eats What?
Organise the food chain in the right order and name the plant or animal in each picture. When placed and named correctly, the letters in the shaded boxes will reveal a Secret Word. There are 3 versions of this puzzle which can be mixed and matched in the classroom. Tip: Use a pencil that can be rubbed out if needed as it may take a few attempts to find the right order and words!
3. Plants and Animals: Odd One Out
Match categories with their right answers. Find the box that is the odd one out and write the answer at the bottom of the sheet. This activity acts as a re-cap of the previous activities and can be solved by all groups.
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- Task Sheet
- Learn One New Thing about Nature
Area of Learning and Experience
- Maths and Numeracy
- Science and Technology
Sandra Gustafsson is a Cardiff-based theatre designer and workshop facilitator. Since moving to Wales in 2016 to pursue a Masters at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Sandra has found a passion for educational projects and participatory arts. As a result, she has worked as a Creative Practitioner in a number of Primary and Secondary schools across South Wales as part of Arts Council of Wales’ Lead Creative Schools scheme. In addition, Sandra has recently collaborated with Wales Millennium Centre and Sparc Valleys Kids as part of the ‘Together Stronger’ partnership to deliver creative workshops for young people in community settings. Sandra is particularly intrigued by finding new purposes for recycled materials and found objects through creative projects