This Garden Bug Hunt activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador) Allison McDonald
Camp Sunny Patch is all about hosting your very own summer camp . . . so when it’s time to go exploring, your own backyard is the perfect place!
I have heard from many families that the kids love looking for bugs, but the parents are squeamish or worried about real bugs being too tricky for fumbly little fingers. That is why this garden bug hunt activity is perfect. You can still go searching for the real thing but use the fun plastic bugs for the hunt.
You will need something to put your bugs in (a mayo jar with holes punched in the lid or perhaps a super cool bug house like this one), a bag of bugs (we used a sack of snakes too), a magnifying glass and some cool explorer dress-up clothes too.
Hide your bugs all over your garden. I usually placed them in small pockets of 2 or 3, so it was challenging to find them but was a great reward to find a few at once.
When all are found, it’s time to count, sort and group them. You can sort them by shape, color or location (did you find them on the ground or in a bush/tree?).
Repeat. (Trust me they will want to repeat it over and over again!)
Allison McDonald is founder and editor of No Time For Flash Cards. She has been teaching children in various capacities since 1993, so she has done her share of crafts, songs and circle times! Her son’s birth brought her home, and her love of teaching and helping other parents sparked the idea for No Time for Flash Cards. Early-childhood education is her passion . . . her heart belongs to the little guys! Get to know Allie and see her creative kids’ crafts and educational activities on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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