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Bug-Watching Activities

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.
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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?


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