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Present ideas for a boy that's just become interested in minibeasts

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nappyaddict Tue 18-Jun-13 18:17:31

DS who will turn 7 on Monday is very difficult to buy for. He is Autistic and has very limited interests of transport and gardening. He has just come home talking about mini beasts so before the novelty wears off I would like to encourage this new interest.

AndMiffyWentToSleep Tue 18-Jun-13 18:19:41

You can buy live caterpillars online - would that work?

nappyaddict Tue 18-Jun-13 18:23:28

Yes I have just seen these on Amazon. Any other ideas?

bigmouthstrikesagain Tue 18-Jun-13 18:29:41

Stick insects? Cheap to feed as they live on bramble and oak or ivy - just need a tank and a couple of stick insects they live a year or so and are interesting for children - you can let them walk along your arm and stuff.

nappyaddict Tue 18-Jun-13 18:35:49

I would worry he would hurt/lose them tbh. He's not the most gentle!

LovelyMarchHare Tue 18-Jun-13 18:40:12


bigmouthstrikesagain Tue 18-Jun-13 18:42:10

I have put one in a bin then attempted to bury it - before it stalked out the bag to say 'hey I am not dead yet' !? so they can be hardy and very good at impersonating sticks - but you know your son best so if it is possible visit a pet shop or zoo to see what interests him and seems appropriate. A friend of mine is getting giant cockroaches - stripy ones - they are hard to kill not even nuclear war will faze those buggers!

Mama1980 Tue 18-Jun-13 18:42:12

One of those sets where you take apart a beetles body (larger and plastic) ? Have a book that tells you how they live/their bodies work. Hobbycraft sell them I can't link on here sorry.

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