Fun Friday activities are quick-and-simple ways to explore nature in your own backyard.
One of the best parts about a backyard bug hunt is its simplicity; even in our very urban space, we can usually find something cool. We just look under something heavy, like a rock, stepping stone or potted plant. B-I-N-G-O!
Let me show you what I mean. Check out what the big explorer found when he moved aside a stone paver.
He was eager to touch everything; the little explorer, not so much. He chose to sit back and use his magnifying glass instead of his hands.
As we sat watching the bugs scramble for cover, we talked about everything from how many bugs there were (the little explorer loves to count out loud) to whether the bugs were “helpful” critters or “pests” and why. The big explorer was especially enthralled by the metallic looking slug trails running throughout the dirt.
I love that they invited me along on their backyard nature adventure. Even if I don’t really like bugs all that much.
If you haven’t done so already, take a look-see at my post on bug hunting with kids. Other tips for success:
- Get up close and personal. A bug container, magnifying glass or butterfly net can come in handy.
- Look for ways to extend the learning. The big explorer added a drawing of what we discovered to our backyard field guide. You might want to read a favorite story about bugs instead.
More Ideas for Spring Outdoor Fun
- Create dandelion crowns, ActiveKidsClub.com
- Make an outdoor mud pie kitchen, Frugal Family Fun
- Build something with items from nature, Fun Orange County Parks
- Start a garden journal, NurtureStore
- Or check out one of these 32 ideas for spring backyard nature fun.
And if you live in the Los Angeles area, check out some creepy crawlies at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles’ annual Bug Fair. Kids can see live and preserved bugs – even taste some at the Bug Chef cook-off! The event is free with Museum admission. Sat. & Sun., May 14-15, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.