If you’re looking for something to do with your kids this weekend, no need to look further than your very own backyard. A lot of kids tend to be fascinated by the micro-world of bugs – and there are plenty of things you can teach them.
For example, did you know that for every person on the earth, there are two hundred million insects? Wrap your head around that fact.
Consider, for a minute, all the benefits that insects provide:
Birds, fish, and frogs all depend on insects as an invaluable source of food. We humans depend on insects for our honey, beeswax, and silk. Our food crops, flowers, and plants couldn’t flourish without the pollen of nature’s intrepid insects. Insects are also important predators of pests that can destroy our gardens. Plus, our tiny friends also play a critical role in the recycling of materials, eliminating waste, and keeping our soils healthy.
There are plenty of great resources online to help you learn more about these little creatures. Check out some of these:
If you want to help get your kids excited about insects, Andy Camper has an excellent resource on how to catch bugs using the very handy BUG-CATCHER. Once you’ve built the bug catcher, be sure to check out the Discover It Page on AndyCamper.com to find out exactly which bug you’ve caught!
(Click on the images and follow the instructions)
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