Monstrous mayhem at Littlehampton Museum

Sam Sparks and his dragonfly    L08510H14
Sam Sparks and his dragonfly L08510H14

THERE was plenty of monstrous museum mayhem to be had for scores of creative children in Littlehampton, during their half-term break.

Youngsters had the chance to get their hands mucky and learn all about the creepy-crawlies living in their back gardens during the four days of Mini-Beasts! sessions at the Littlehampton Museum in Church Street.

But it was not mud that the children were getting their hands covered in – it was glue and paper.

The enthusiastic mini-monsters, all aged between five and 13, took part in a craft session to create their own weird and wonderful beasts.

Using scissors, glue and colouring pencils, the imaginative entomologists created a whole range of six-legged beasts.

Everything from creepy caterpillars and bug-eyed ladybirds to ‘egg box’ insects and paper dragonflies.

The event was organised by the Littlehampton Museum and supported by the Littlehampton Town Council.

Speaking about the event, a spokeswoman from the museum said: “It was very popular and the children loved it. They had the chance to explore the museum grounds and discover all the little insects and creatures living in it.”

It finished on Friday (February 21).

Councillor Malcolm Belchamber, chairman of the town council’s community resources committee, added that encouraging young people to appreciate local wildlife was ‘so important’.

All the work from the children is now on display at the museum.

For a full picture spread, see this week’s Gazette (Thursday, February 27).