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You know the old poem about little boys, don’t you? While bugs aren’t actually mentioned, I always thought that bugs were something that little boys liked. I’ve seen many a little boy obsessed with bugs – catching them, collecting them, studying them, etc. But not my boy! Ian despises bugs! He’s terrified of them. He hates it when a fly gets into the house. He’s our resident ant alarm – if ants are in the house, he knows it and he lets us know it. If we’re outside and something buzzes around his head, you’d literally think it was the end of the world.
For years, I’ve been trying to teach him to, at least, appreciate bugs. He doesn’t have to like them; but I’d like him to at least realize that not all bugs are scary. God created bugs for a reason. (Snakes, on the other hand, I have to wonder about!) We’ve read books about bugs, we’ve watched “A Bug’s Life,” etc. – none of it has worked.
That is, until, we got Nancy B’s Bug Discovery Lab.
Ian loves it when packages arrive on our doorstep. He always begs to help open them. When it was discovered that this was a kit for collecting and observing bugs, though, he quickly backed off. After all, he doesn’t like bugs. So, he wanted nothing to do with this kit.
As you can see by looking at the box, this is not your typical bug collecting kit. Any kit I’ve seen in the past contains nothing more than the bug collection container (and maybe, if you’re lucky, a butterfly net). This kit comes with not 1, but 3, collection containers AND a 22-page activity journal that also includes a field guide.
But, how do you get a child who hates bugs to collect them?
Well, I wasn’t sure! But, as luck (fate, karma, I don’t know!) would have it, we moved the toy box to a new location and, underneath it, Ian discovered a bug! Of course, he panicked! But, being the always-homeschooling mom that I am, I ran for a bug collection container from the kit!
This particular container made it easy to scoop up the bug. It has a flat surface so we could easily sit it on a table. The domed area, filled with holes, made it fun to observe the bug and allowed for us to keep the bug for quite some time (since we knew he could breath). As you can see, we have some sort of a black beetle here.
At first, Ian refused to look at him, but after an hour or so, he inched closer to the container. I suggested naming the bug, and that did it! He chose the name “Steve” and, from then on out, he kept an ever-watchful eye on Steve and kept me up to date on Steve’s latest happenings. Which, quite honestly, weren’t that interesting, since he was stuck in this little domed container!
After several hours, we decided that it might be best to set Steve free outside. While Steve quickly left us, his memory has lived on. Ian still occasionally mentions Steve and wonders what he’s up to.
A few weeks later, we were helping Dad in the garden, when we came across these little guys . . . potato bugs. I ran inside for the largest of the 3 bug collection containers, since there were a TON of these bugs all over our potato plants (let’s just say I’m glad potatoes grow underground!) We put a twig of potato leaves in with then, and kept them for a few days.
This container is neat because it has several magnified sections, which help you get up close and personal with the bugs. In observing these bugs, we learned that potato bugs eat a lot and, therefore, poop a lot as well!
We haven’t even used the journal yet, and already I’ve seen changes in Ian and his thoughts on bugs. Maybe they aren’t so evil after all!
About Nancy B’s Science Club:
Kits range in price from $16.99 to $49.99 and come with kid-friendly science tools and journals. We watch a lot of crime drama at our house, so I can even see my older girls (16 and 22) getting involved with the forensics kit! I’m fascinated by astronomy, so I think the MoonScope kit would be awesome to have!
Nancy B’s kits are all designed to inspire a lifelong love of science in your kids. Science has never really been “my thing.” But, I’m pretty sure that if I had access to these kits as a child, I’d have definitely developed a love of science. Because, the truth is, kids learn best (and remember best) using hands-on activities over book reading.
So, head over to Educational Insights and select your kit today! Orders of $65 receive free shipping.