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MAKE A BUG OBSERVATION KIT FROM RECYCLED ITEMS
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
http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/explore/bugs.htm (Homeschool resources cover everything you can imagine when studying a topic. This one covers specific bugs to birthday party theme plans and everything inbetween!)
http://yucky.discovery.com/teachercenter/pg000065.htm (Typical Discovery site - complete information – appeals to the kids with all sorts of “Yucky” facts.)
http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Entomology/ythfacts/resourc/resourc.htm (This site is so packed with information it will take a year to sift through it all. Well organizaed.)
http://www.askkids.com/resource/Insect-Experiments.html (Very Good resources listing of other bug sites – no direct info on this site)
http://www.orkin.com/learningcenter/kids_and_teachers.aspx (Lots of info & even lesson plans for all ages)
http://www.pedagonet.com/other/lsplns.html (This is an AWESOME RESCOURCE SITE!)
http://www.insectlore.com/ (Fun Site with online games, resources, facts and more!)
http://www.insects.org/ (From Unique insect photos to detailed study – this site is packed with information for the budding entomologist)
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
http://www.ent.iastate.edu/list/directory/5/vid/5 (Change the state on the right hand column for even more resources!)
Tasty Bug Recipes
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