Discover where worms and bugs like to make their homes in The Great Bug Search.
Discover where worms and bugs like to make their homes in The Great Bug Search.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Bug Watching Activities for Kids are a great way for kids to learn valuable lessons about nature that will serve them for years to come. Encourage their sense of curiosity and wonder about the natural world with these educational activities.

On the following pages, you will find Bug Watching Activities for Kids that will keep your kids occupied for hours.

Hungry Ants

What do ants like to eat best? Find out when you and your kids engage in this educational bug watching activity for kids.

The Great Bug Search

Send your kids on The Great Bug Search. You will be amazed how many critters turn up during this bug watching activity for kids.

Hungry Ants is a Bug Watching Activity for Kids that teaches kids just how quickly ants will gobble up food that they find. Read about it on the next page.

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Hungry Ants

Help your kids watch Hungry Ants, and see how quickly they devour snacks you put out for them. What kinds of food do our small friends like?

How to Play Hungry Ants

What You'll Need:

  • Ant Hill
  • Jar of Honey
  • Leaves or Grass
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Sugar
  • Piece of Lettuce
  • Small Amount of Tuna Fish
  • Spoon

Step One: Find an anthill somewhere around your house, either on a sidewalk or a patch of dirt. Make sure it's in use by looking for signs of activity.

Step Two: Once you've found an active anthill, plan a test to find out what different types of foods the ants enjoy eating.

Step Three: Spread some honey on a couple of leaves or blades of grass, lay out some small bread crumbs, spread out a little sugar, tear up lettuce into tiny pieces, and spoon out a bit of tuna fish. Make sure the different foods are at least an inch apart and that they're an equal distance from the ant colony.

Step Four: Come back a few minutes after you've put the food out to see what the ants are taking and what they're leaving. What do the foods the ants take have in common? What about the foods they don't want?

Challenge your kids to find all the different kinds of bugs living in your yard. Send them on The Great Bug Search. Get directions on the next page.

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The Great Bug Search

Discover where worms and bugs like to make their homes in The Great Bug Search.
Discover where worms and bugs like to make their homes in The Great Bug Search.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

The Great Bug Search gets kids learning about nature at home. Tell them to go on a Great Bug Search in the backyard, and find out where bugs and worms like to make their homes. See how much information you can gather!

How to Play The Great Bug Search

What You'll Need:

  • White Fabric
  • Stick
  • Notepad
  • Pencil
  • Magnifying Glass

Step One: To discover secret places where insects make their homes, spread a piece of white fabric on the ground beneath a low-hanging branch. With a stick, give the branch a short, sharp rap.

Step Two: In your notepad, write down the number and kinds of insects that come tumbling down onto the fabric. Use the magnifying glass to examine the bugs closely.

Step Three: If you don't know the bug, draw a picture of it in your notepad and go to the library for a bit of bug sleuthing! After you've written down all the bugs, let them go without harming them.

Step Four: Now roll over a rotting log, and see what you find (probably slow-moving pill bugs, sow bugs, slugs, snails, and earthworms, among others). Do you see any tiny seedlings, mosses and lichens, or mushrooms?

Step Five: Again, use your magnifying glass to examine the objects clearly. Write down whatever you see, then roll the log back in place. (You wouldn't want someone coming along and moving your house, would you?)

How much information did you learn about bugs?

ABOUT THE CRAFT DESIGNERS

Hungry Ants by Maria Birmingham, Karen E. Bledsoe, and Kelly Milner Halls

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