Friday, June 4, 2010

nature play friday: bugs

Welcome to nature play friday: a place to discover fun activities to get your kids playing in and with nature.

My inspiration file grows with tips from blogs across the globe. It seems a shame not to share them!

1.  make your own ant farm

A nifty do-it-yourself ant farm in a jar.

2. ant farms in the classroom

For those of us who haven't the time or the inclination to DIY, here is an example of how successful ready made ant farms can be in inspiring young children:

3. make your own butterfly garden in a shoebox
Perfect for those with balconies and small spaces

4. bringing the bugs inside the preschool (or home)

Have a look at Not Just Cute for some great tips on encouraging preschool entomologists and enhancing learning in this post.

5. bug hunting
For ideas on getting outside and hunting for bugs, head over to Active Kids Club.

Do you have a nature play idea you would like to share?


  1. ... and don't forget snails ... a gardeners enemy but a child's dear friend. Keep them long enough and they'll have babies ,,, our children love it when that happens!
    Donna :) :)

  2. I'm a big fan of bug boxes, those little plastic containers, sometimes with an attached magnifyier, for studying bugs up close, then releasing. Our kids are constantly filling them with insects, "feeding" them leaves, treating them like pets for an hour, then releasing them back where they found them.

    We caught a wasp not long ago, that felt dangerous!