Insects and Bugs

Online Incursions: Exploring the Miniature World of Insects and Bugs

Program Summary

Location: Online
Excursion Duration: 45 mins
Year Level: Early Years to Year 6
Group Size: 10-100

Cost: Free
Availability: See booking form
Program Themes: insect habitat, insects and bug, bug box


Program Overview

Insects and bugs are everywhere and they are a healthy part of our parks, gardens and outdoor spaces! This activity investigates what our insect friends' look like, how they help us and what they need to live. 

The videos and activities may be used over several days or weeks to explore different aspects. This activity is designed to help children develop mindful practices through sensory and play-based experiences.

Key Concepts & Questions

•    We are a part of a living planet and insects play a very important role
•    What insects are living in our outdoor areas? If there are very few or none, why? (Reasons include lack of habitat and use of chemical sprays)
•    What do insects do for us in our environment?
•    What do insects need to live happy lives?

Learning Outcomes

•    VCSSU041 - People use Science in their daily lives
•    VCSSU031 - Science is about exploring the world around me
•    VCSSU074 - Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them survive in their environments.
•    VEYLDF - Children are connected with and contribute to their world (the natural world)
•    VEYLDF - Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
•    VEYLDF - Children are confident and involved learners
•    VEYLDF - Children are effective communicators

Program Outline

In this session we explore: 
•    The EcoCentre "bug" box with a collection of insects/bugs that were found dead and have been collected for closer observation
•    Where bugs/insects may be found in our outdoor spaces, and how to carefully collect bugs/insects for closer observation of their body parts and adaptations  
•    Where they make their homes and what they need for habitats
•    How we can create recycled habitats to encourage more of these important little friends to our gardens


This incursion is delivered in four pre-recorded modules. This incursion is available on-demand.

Please register below to receive the video links and materials to deliver to your students. These materials are available for free.


Please email with subject "Online incursion enquiry", with:
1) Incursion Topic(s)
2) When you plan to run the sessions
3) Number of classes for each topic (a class is up to 25 students)?
4) Year level of the students
5) Contact name, school/organisation and phone number


Boon Wurrung Foundation Logo The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including the Yalukut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located. We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Elder members of our multicultural community.