The world of insects is fascinating. From walking sticks to butterflies to fireflies, the insect world delights and intrigues. Bugs are just creepy enough to invite further investigation, especially by children. You don’t have to have a science project in the works to enjoy getting out and teaching your kids about bugs.
One thing is certain – you will have no trouble finding bugs to study. There is not a backyard anywhere that does not have some insects flying, crawling, or scuttling along. So get ready to lift rocks and dig in the dirt! Kids and dirt are like peanut butter and jelly – let them enjoy the process.
If you really want to enjoy the teaching aspect of insect observation, get a good book on identifying bugs. Take this book with you – a field guide is optimal – to find the names of bugs on sight. Another option is to take pictures of the insects you see. Then review the photographs back at home and identify them by using the internet or books.
You can simply use your eyes to observe bugs, or you can get more elaborate. Some things to think about include the following:
Keeping a Record
Your child will want to remember her bug-hunting ventures. And keeping some sort of record enhances the educational aspect, too. After all, you have a better chance of correctly identifying insects of which you have a good record, and you can look up and record their habits and other interesting facts about them.
A good place to begin a record is with images. Encourage your child to draw or photograph the bugs she finds.
Scrapbook or Journal
Part of record keeping can involve a scrapbook or journal. The drawings or photos your child takes can be arranged in a book along with the date and notes about that particular insect.
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