Bug hunting can help your child learn scientific skills of inquiry and observation. It can also develop writing and artistic skills if your child keeps a “bug journal.”
To have fun learning about bugs, help your child with the following tasks.
Prepare for the search. Get plastic tweezers or a wooden spoon to pick up bugs without hurting them. Find a clear jar or container for a bug “habitat.” Put holes in the lid, or cover with perforated wax paper. Sprinkle dirt on the bottom. Provide water in a small bottle cap. Add some green leaves or stems.
Go where the bugs are. Look in your house, backyard or park.
Search at different times of the day. Use a flashlight at night.
Gently place each bug in the container. Don’t squish him.
Use a magnifying glass to inspect the bug.
Make a scientific entry in her “Bug Journal.” Include the date and location found. Tell what it was doing. Describe it. Include the color, number of legs, wings and distinctive features. Make a sketch. Jot down questions.
Identify the bug by using a bug reference book or website.
Discuss what the bug does. Does it pollinate plants or serve as food for other animals?
Return the bug to where you found it. Do this within two days so it doesn’t die.
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