From building bug hotels to imitating bug noises to taking a bug walk around the backyard, there are a whole lot of activities that will keep kids enthralled and inquisitive about nature this summer. We’ve included some of our favorite activities, beginning with two rip-roaring bug books from a bug club graduate, writer, and naturalist, John Himmelman!
Noisy Bug Sing-Along brings bugs you can find outside your door right up in your face–with bold coloring and a graphic novel style that will fascinate kids young and old.
You can’t help wanting to see these creatures in the flesh after encountering them in the book. From the clicks of click beetles to the keraaak of serenading grasshoppers to the buzz of bees and squeaks of Tiger Moths, there is a little something for everyone in every region.
There’s a Bug on My Book is just as kinetic, but it takes a different tack. It features creepy-crawlies of all sorts who have taken over your picture book. Each page turn requires kids to interact with the bugs that have seemingly crawled into their book. Not only do these activities get goofy for the sake of, well, goofiness, they also teach how to handle—or not handle—the creatures that kids will encounter once outside. No squishing!
(There’s a Bug on My Book and the whole Noisy series are on sale for 40% off for the month of June as part of our 40th anniversary promotion.)
Before we wrap up our paean to bugs, here are a few links that will take you to our favorite bug activities.
Make Bug Noises with a lesson plan from editor Carol Malnor! Based off of the Noisy Bug book, this lesson plan can be adapted for use at home or school. Kids not only get to make loud noises, they also learn to listen with this fun activity that teaches them all the crazy ways bugs make noise.
Build a Bug Hotel! There are so many ways to make five star accommodations for bugs. Here’s one simple garden project from Red Ted Art.
Go on a Bug Walk! Head outside with a magnifying glass, with paper and crayons, or just your senses.
Have a buzzy June!