Bug Science

Dancing Bugs

Materials: clear glass, one can of Sprite and several raisins.

Procedure: Fill the glass with Sprite.  Drop the raisins in and watch them dance up and down.

We ordered caterpillars from Insect Lore (online store) and are eagerly awaiting the metamorphosis that will soon take place.

I read this on another sharing site. I thought it was wonderful and worth sharing.

Using macaroni for a butterflies life cycle.  Put it all on a paper plate, divided into four parts.  For eggs, use rice.  For the caterpillar, use spiral noodles.  For the cocoon, use shell noodles.  And for the butterfly, use bow tie noodles.  Enjoy!

My personal favorite is to put worms in the dirt in the sensory table.  Add a box of plastic gloves, like those used in serving meals at daycare, and move out of the way!  The kids get over the icky part of the worms real quick and are so proud of themselves when they get up enough courage to pick up a real live worm.  Worm facts are cool, too.  Worms have no bones, five hearts ( or was it 3?), and can’t drown.

During our study of bugs and insects, I found big rubber bugs and insects.  For the sensory table we “hid” the bugs under the sand and the children went searching for them.  They had a lot of fun, and they still want to look for bugs in the sand.  This works well with other themes, too.  But beware of the mess; depending on the age group; sand could end up everywhere.

Put plastic fishing worms in a large sweater box filled 1/2 way with water.  Have the children fish them out with their toes.  It is so much fun.  I did it with preschoolers and even did it in my two boys classes in Kindergarten and 4th grade.  They had relays–30 seconds each person in the group and two tubs of worms.  After each person had gone, we threw the worms back in for the next person.  The team with the most worms collected wins.  Great Fun!