Ask most kids about worms and they’ll either go “Yuck!” or “Yum”… do any kids really eat worms? Surely not? But these small creatures outnumber us by a country mile! When we say insects, we’re really including all creepy crawlies on our list. Insects are actually very specifically different to most creepy crawlies. But we want to include all the things that usually make our skin crawl and show kids that they’re all amazing and have a role to play in the natural world. See if there are any activities you’d like to try with your kids…
Set up a bug hotel outside the classroom and check on a weekly basis to see who’s checked in. Learn about the insects who rock up to the hotel!
Insect Reference Book
This is going to be your ally in teaching kids about creepy crawlies. Lest you should find yourself trying to work out what on earth has moved into your bug hotel!
Egg Box and Pipe Cleaner Spiders
Cut out the individual segments from an egg box, get the kids to paint them black, leave to dry then add 8 pipe cleaner legs and some googly eyes.
Take a rock, paint it into a ladybird, a beetle or a spider. Leave to dry, then varnish. Add googly eyes.
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Age Related Activities
Make playdough hungry caterpillars and then talk about how the caterpillar becomes a butterfly.
Learn to Love Worms – Start a wormery!
Gardener’s World have a really easy to follow guide on how to create a wormery and show kids how useful these slimy little creatures can be! Ask the kitchen if they can spare some kitchen scraps such as vegetable peelings, coffee grounds… even stinging nettles (see, everything in nature has a use!).
Just like Horrible Histories made history cool again, dangerous insects are sure to capture the imaginations of older kids. Learn about the Top 25 Most Dangerous Insects (List25 have a great list and facts about each) or take the top 10 and see if the kids can work out which order they go in. Spoiler Alert: the most deadly is Tsetse fly! Who knew?
So, hopefully armed with these fun insect activities, you can teach your kids all about creepy crawlies without creeping them out! Learn to love nature in all her glory.