A picture book introduction to biomimicry with beautiful illustrations, playful rhymes and nonfiction content for ages 5 and up. A bonus STEM design activity is also included.

Objectives

  • Readers will understand that biomimicry is learning from nature to solve a problem.
  • Readers will be able to identify several organisms that inspired inventions by humans.

Nature Did It First is a delightful introduction to for young readers. Seven organisms are profiled in the book. Each one is introduced with a rhyme that highlights its special traits and abilities. The following page then offers information about the natural history of the organism and how humans have mimicked it.

Organisms and biomimicry examples in this book:

  • Burrs and Velcro
  • Bats and an echolocation cane for the blind
  • Geckos and super-adhesive
  • Pitcher plants and non-stick surfaces
  • Humpback whales and surfboard fin
  • Pill bugs and a fire-fighting robot
  • Kingfisher and high speed train

The back pages of the book provide a glossary and an optional STEM engineering challenge.

 

Illustration of a girl pulling burrs from a dog's fur.
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Sample page spread.

Image: Dawn Publications / Copyright © - All rights reserved

Sample page spread.

Learn More on Ask Nature

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