Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Going on a Bug Hunt

We're going on a bug hunt. I'm not afraid...

I am attempting to keep my kids from watching too much TV, but keeping them happy while I try to get dinner ready is a challenge without the good ol' DVD player. Andrew loves going on a bug hunt while I cook. The TV is off. He's busy. I can concentrate on dinner. Win-win. Here's how to stage your own bug hunt.

I found this bug net in the dollar bin at Target (have I mentioned how much I LOVE Target?). The plastic bugs were collected from various places, Oriental Trading, The Dollar Tree, etc. Have your child count out 20 bugs (or whatever number he or she can count to independently). Take a good look at them, and have your child hide in another room while you hide the bugs in another room. I give boundaries so they aren't searching all over the house. (ex: they are all in the living room)

Call the kids into the room, hand them the net and let them catch the bugs. I tell my son he needs to count them all at least twice before showing me to make sure they are all found. Then, we count them together, and I re-hide them. If they are having a hard time finding one, give them clues to find the tricky ones. Happy hunting!


  1. What an awesome idea!. I know how you feel about the dinner time dilemma. I've been feeling guilty about how much TV Caleb has been watching just so I can get stuff done. I'm going to givie this a try.

  2. What a cute idea...Emily is really into bugs recently. I will have to do this with her!!

  3. What a great idea! I already have the net I just need to get he bugs. my LO loves bugs and butterflies.