Bug Lovin’ Boys!
What is it about bugs? Boys are just nuts about them, aren’t they? Well, at least my Little Buddy is crazy about them. And, his friends at Vacation Bible School this week sure seem to be as well. I made a “treat bag” to encourage the children to participate in music, mind their manners during recreation and bible games, and do their best during the bible lesson. Well, you probably could just come right out and say that rather than encourage, I’m probably really just bribing them. But then, can you say you are bribing children at Vacation Bible School? Probably not. So we’ll just use the term “encourage” for this story. Okay?
I knew that boys loved bugs, but until this week I just did not realize how much they love them. All kinds of bugs. Ants, worms, spiders, roaches, beetles, fireflies, mosquitoes, etc. (I know these are not all technically “bugs” but again, we’ll just agree to use that term for this story. Thanks!)
Understanding now this love of the bug, I have decided to incorporate more “bug time” in our curriculum.
Here are some ideas of just how we plan to do that very thing:
– Plant a venus fly trap or other carnivorous plant
– Go on a worm dig to count number of worms in a 5 gallon bucket
– Collect specimens and identify them (keep in habitat and then release)
– Read about bugs that are prevalent in our area of the world
– Draw a picture of the coolest bugs we have ever seen
Today, we actually planted seeds for a venus fly trap. It’s now in the refrigerator in the hangar for eight weeks.
We also decorated a bug habitat using paint and stickers. I sure am looking forward to including other activities with bugs in our day. One resource I am using is National Geographic Kids. There is a wonderful section on mosquitoes that Little Buddy sure does enjoy watching. We also love to receive our copy of the magazine to read about all the cool things they have written about.
Do you have any favorite bug lovin‘ activities that we should try? If so, please share!