Preschool Backyard Bug Investigation
Invite your preschoolers to learn a bit about biodiversity with a Backyard Bug Investigation Station! Preschoolers are learning that there are many different types of people and creatures in our world. By observing all the different types of insects in the area in which they play, they can learn more about the world they live in.
Build an Insect Habitat
Create a simple insect habitat in your outdoor play area.
There are many different items that can be used as the shelter. Some ideas: cardboard boxes, wood boxes, totes, paper bags, push cart, wagon, garden rack, old planters.
Here are some ideas from our readers!
Bug Investigation Station
Go on a Backyard Bug Hunt
Bugs live in all kinds of places. Be sure to scour the backyard to see what other types of bugs you can find. If you find some that didn't visit your insect habitat, reflect on why. How is the environment different? Perhaps it has more moisture than your bug invitation or has more protection like under a rock.
This is a great opportunity to discuss and make comparisons to learn more about bug habitats.
Create a Biodiversity Summary
Collect the drawings and photographs taken during this activity and create a Backyard Bug Biodiversity display.
Show off all the fun creatures that were observed in the bug habitat.
There are many fun ways to extend this activity!
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