Post written by Lea Mikkelsen, Early Childhood Coordinator.
Daily Discovery: Make Your Own Bug Box
Creeping, crawling, flying, chirping… bugs are everywhere outside! Take a look down in the dirt and see if you can catch one for your very own bug observation box.
- A clear plastic container. Tip: Try looking in your recycling! I used a produce container that had tomatoes in it. Try to find one without too many large holes.
- Mesh or net with very small holes. Tip: I found a potato bag made of mesh.
- Insect, Myriapod, and Arthropod learning sheets
- Place all your supplies on a clear surface with plenty of room to work.
- Ask an adult for help with cutting the plastic or attaching the mesh to your container if you need it.
- Look at your container. Is there a lid or a way to open it to put your bug inside?
- Decide where to cut a hole for air. Tip: Some containers may already have a hole like my tomato container.
- Cut your mesh to fit the shape of the hole. Tip: I folded the mesh in half to make sure bugs could not get out!
- Use tape to attach the mesh to the container.
- Make sure there are no holes around the mesh or in the container that could let a bug out! Cover any
big holes with a little extra tape.
- Go outside and fill your bug box with dirt, leaves, and sticks for your bug to climb on.
- Finally, catch a bug to observe in your bug box! Be sure you let them go back outside after a few hours.
- Learn about the differences between Insects, Myriapods, and Arthropods, on the learning sheets and try to determine what kind of bug you caught!