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Any see-thru container that can be securely closed will make a suitable bug observation kit!  Simply wash the container with warm soapy water – rinse well & dry before capturing a bug to observe. Consider the using following items: 

2 – 2 liter Plastic Soda Bottles

Bottle 1: Have a parent cut the domed top off each 2 liter bottle.  Using duct tape apply ½ width of tape to the outside around the bottle cut slits in tape just shy of the bottle rim.  Press the tape down inside the bottle firmly between slits.

Bottle 2:  Have a parent cut the bottle in half at the mid-point.  Repeat the taping process as on bottle 1.

Parent: Heat an ice pick or skewer and make a row of holes around the smaller “top” portion.  Slide the top over the bottom bottle.

Have the child place appropriate substrate and housing décor in the container.  Catch a bug from the backyard – go online – identify the bug – provide proper diet for the bug.  Observe with a small magnifying glass for a bug’s eye view of the world!

 2 Water bottles turn into a cozy little home.  Smaller version of the 2 liter bug house above.

 Plastic Food, Deli Cup and Other Food Containers:  These simply require a few holes poked in the top and habitat decorations.   

Release bugs after a few days of observation & bring in a new inhabitant!


BUG EXPLORATION WEB RESOURCES (Homeschool resources cover everything you can imagine when studying a topic.  This one covers specific bugs to birthday party theme plans and everything inbetween!) (Typical Discovery site - complete information – appeals to the kids with all sorts of “Yucky” facts.) (This site is so packed with information it will take a year to sift through it all.  Well organizaed.) (Very Good resources listing of other bug sites – no direct info on this site) (Lots of info & even lesson plans for all ages) (This is an AWESOME RESCOURCE SITE!)  (Fun Site with online games, resources, facts and more!) (From Unique insect photos to detailed study – this site is packed with information for the budding entomologist)


Recommended Books 

Janice VanCleave's Insects and Spiders: Mind-Boggling Experiments You Can Turn Into Science Fair Projects (Spectacular Science Project) by Janice VanCleave

Insects: A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press by Herbert S. Zim  

Insects (DK Pockets Series) by DK Publishing, Stephen Brooks

Insects (In Touch With Nature Series) by John Farndon

Insects: Step-by-Step Instructions for 26 Creepy Crawlies by Diana Fisher

National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects and Spiders & Related Species of North America by Arthur V. Evans

Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America by Eric R. Eaton


Teacher Resources (Change the state on the right hand column for even more resources!)


Tasty Bug Recipes


Buggy Crafts



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