boys have gone potty about bugs, when we have been on holiday I have spent a
small fortune for them to go on organised bug hunts. Well thankfully I can save that expense from now on and just use
this affordable Bug
Safari set from Interplay instead, seeing as its only £9.99 and jam-packed
with useful information and handy equipment its ideal.
Eldest was really delighted when it arrived and I must
admit it’s a fabulous activity to get children outdoors and learning about
nature. There is useful guidance about
the types of creatures you can find and where to look for them, this is perfect
to start you off, so you can look in the right places if you have a particular
bug in mind you especially want to find.
even had quite an education in bugs myself, like in Australia there is a giant
species of worm that can grow to over 3 metres in length! I am glad the ones we found were on a much
smaller scale. I do not think I would
be quite so keen for us go “monster sized” bug hunting…
back of the informative booklet has a list of further reading and organisations
to follow, just what you need to encourage your enthusiastic naturalist. The included tools help your child feel like
a professional bug hunter and the advise nestled in the pages of the book
encourage children to approach bug hunting sensibly (not to collect stinging or
biting bugs), so hopefully this activity will be lots of fun with no tears!
bug tongs really caught the interest of my eldest son; they look unusual but
are practical when you hope to scoop up a rare find!
To ensure the well being of the bugs you look for, they have
included a paint brush as human hands are not gentle enough for delicate bugs,
whereas a paint brush is extra soft for them.
magnifying pot taught me something else; bugs will keep on walking until they
find a corner to rest. So the pots are
shaped to allow for a corner for bugs to stop for better viewing! I am glad of this too otherwise the poor
things would be exhausted from the constant walking.
be gentle with the bugs you find and return them where you found them after a
few moments observation. I have a
feeling we will be spending a big chunk of the warmer weather out in the garden
seeing what we can find.