Living things and their habitats
Take a closer look at this insect-made structure by zooming in and out to see it differently. Can your class use their reasoning skills to work out what it is?
Run the activity
You will be zooming in and out of the image above – starting very close and stepping back slowly.
1. Start by asking everyone:
- What do they think the image is and why?
- What does the image remind them of and why?
2. Every time you zoom out, ask the class:
- Can they describe the colours, shapes and textures?
- What do they think the image is now – have they changed their minds?
Some wasps build their nests from paper, by turning raw wood into pulp. Find out more about how wasps DIY their homes with this guide from the Natural History Museum.
Take it further
This video shows a wasp's nest built against a window, giving a cross-section view which clearly shows the structure of the nest.
From birds' nests to spider webs, ask your children what other animals build their homes.
Wasps are useful pollintaors. Have you seen our odd one out activity friends of flowers?