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Bug Hunt

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Developmental Benefits

  • Academics
  • Security & Happiness
  • Sensory
  • Curiosity & Discovery

At this age, your child probably finds bugs fascinating! Have fun together on a Bug Hunt!

Instructions

  • Walk or drive to a park or nature area. Bring a small pad of paper and drawing materials, or an instant camera, if you prefer.
  • Walk through the area and help your child find some bugs. Use a magnifying glass to get a closer look.
  • When you locate a bug, have your child draw a picture of it using her pad and pens, or take a photograph.
  • Continue your walk, looking for different bugs.
  • After you gather a nice collection, return home to organize the drawings or photos. If using a regular camera, have the film developed.
  • Lay the pictures or photos on a table and have your child examine the bugs. Ask her to look for features that are similar and different.
  • If you have a bug identification book, have your child try to identify the bugs and label them.

Materials

  • Pad of paper and felt-tip pens, or instant camera
  • Yard, park, nature walk, or other outdoor area
  • Magnifying glass
  • Bug identification book (optional)

Safety

Be careful with bugs that bite and sting and watch for dangerous plants such as poison ivy.