Beetles at Booth Hall Children’s Hospital

Image, Some of the beetles used in the outreach session

Image, Some of the beetles used in the outreach session

The Outreach Service visited Booth Hall Children’s hospital this week with Chanje Kunda, a performance poet from Lime Arts, Manchester.The play centre at the hospital is a great space with a pool table, foozball and a very relaxing sensory room, we didn’t want to leave!

The children enjoyed handling the objects we took in; a jaguar skull, a polar bear skull, Amazon insects and African beetles. One of the children didn’t believe the Feather Wing beetle was real, “it’s too small, you’ve just drawn that on with a pencil, I’m going to google it!”

The Feather Wing beetle is tiny and is displayed next to an Atlas beetle and a Stag beetle to demonstrate the vast range of beetle species.  Beetles have more species than any other order in the animal kingdom and make up about 25% of life on earth.

Chanje performed a beautiful poem and Indian dancing to a Bangra soundtrack. She showed the children traditional African clothing and told a fable of how the tortoise got its shell. We had a great time and will be visiting again soon.

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