I love giving E little gifts by putting them on her table after nap time. This bug collection set, another dollar store find, has been a big hit. It came with the collection container with a built-in magnifying glass, tongs, and a small net. We first created a bug habitat by finding a couple of plants, including one with flowers to put down into the collection container. We then went to an area where we have some bricks that can be flipped over, revealing lots of interesting bugs.
We collected a millipede, roly-poly bugs, a June bug, and a couple of bugs I don't know the name of. Collecting the bugs was dependent a lot on me...the tongs can be tricky to use and not squish the bugs. I read to try using a paint brush to pick up the bugs, so we will do that next time.
This is E studying the bugs from the bottom. The clear container allows a great look at the bugs from all angles, allowing us to talk about all the bug parts, and make connections between what we read and what we see!