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Insect Homes

  • Time Length
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    1-2 hours

  • Mess Level
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    A Little Messy

  • Cost

    Materials or Fees

  • Difficulty
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    intermediate

Once you have your two cylinders, fill them with your sticks and other items. Stuff it to make it nice and firm. Make sure you have different sizes and textures of objects. Once finished place the home in a tree or on the ground near your home.

Question and Wonder:

  • Have you ever wondered which insects live in your yard?
  • Have you ever wondered where insects live?
  • Do all insects live above ground? Or below?

Imagine and Design:

  • Make the insect home and place in a tree or on the ground.
  • Leave the home there for a while, checking back to see who moves into the home.
  • Sit and watch the insects in their new home. What do you think they are doing?
  • Try using a magnifying glass to see them up close. What do you notice about their bodies, legs or heads? What else do you see?
  • Give them names and make up stories about their lives.

Test and Discuss:

  • Make two and put them in different places to see if they attract different bugs.
  • If you were a bug, would you move into the home you made?
  • What items could you add to your home to attract more or different types of bugs?
  • Talk about what you have noticed and observed.

Did you Know?

There are more insects in one square mile of empty field than there are people in the world. What do you think about that?

Remember, your child’s brain is a sponge, soaking up words, experiences, sensations. Even if they cannot speak yet, talk to them, with them, ask questions. They are hearing and absorbing, and you are giving them language for their thoughts.

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