Adaptive Arthropods

Animals have features that allow them to fit perfectly into their little corner of the world. Close observation allows us to understand more about how animals fit so well into nature. In this activity, we delve into the Natural History Museum collections to examine arthropods to understand how these animals work, what makes them so special, and why they are one of the most successful groups on Earth.

This activity unlocks the study of arthropods in three key ways:

  • Comparing and contrasting: study a range of arthropod species and explore the similarities and differences between them.
  • Mindful observation: Observe the different features that relate to adaptation to different environments and ways of life.
  • Creative documentation of these species through pencil illustration. Draw what you see, concentrating on unique and interesting features of each animal.

This activity combines scientific enquiry with natural history and observation. Within the museum, children will be exposed to an environment where they can spend time focused on drawing and exploring why different animals possess different features.