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After learning about caterpillars and butterflies, it was time to explore and find more bugs!  My little entomologist and I ventured out into the backyard for our very own backyard bug hunt.
Bugs Resources for Little Learners - MCJS
This spring we have seen so many bugs outside, but during our bug hunt we searched and searched…
Science in your own backyard with a backyard bug hunt - MJCS
…and found ONE little roly poly bug!  We added some grass to our terrarium to make it feel more like home for our new bug.
Science in your own backyard with a backyard bug hunt - MJCS
We started looking for more bugs and didn’t have much luck.   I think bugs must have saw us coming and hid under the deck!  Good thing I planned ahead and hid our little toy bugs around the backyard so our bug hunt wasn’t a failure.
Science in your own backyard with a backyard bug hunt - MJCS
They may not have been real bugs but Grayson had a great time finding them around the backyard.  We were able to talk about the parts of the bugs and how they were similar and different.
Science in your own backyard with a backyard bug hunt - MJCS
We were also able to discuss how our roly poly bug was living and the toys were nonliving.  Our toys bugs couldn’t move on their own and they didn’t need food or water and they could
Science in your own backyard with a backyard bug hunt - MJCS
Throughout the activity he was able to explore the outdoors, understand more about the bugs in our environment and learn vocabulary for the tools we used during our activity.
Science in your own backyard with a backyard bug hunt - MJCS
Even though we didn’t find many bugs during this activity he continued to notice and explore bugs any time we played outside.  This was truly an learning experience that continued after the activity itself…totally a WIN!!!
Science in your own backyard with a backyard bug hunt - MJCS

What You Need!

If you are interested in going on a bug hunt with your little ones you can grab some of the materials you need online or in your local store. Check out my favorites below!
Science in your own backyard with a backyard bug hunt - MJCS

 

Science in your own backyard with a backyard bug hunt - MJCS
 Find more activities to do with your little learner in my Bugs Preschool Pack!
Bugs Resources for Little Learners - MCJS

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