Bug Hunt

We have worked on so many areas of the garden over the last few months but the one thing I haven’t convinced my husband to make (yet!) is a bug hotel. He hates creepy crawlies and does not want one in the garden! I noticed that earlier in the year Sophie was interested in minibeast and even let a ladybird climb up her arm. However, she has started to become scared of ants and wouldn’t even stand near a worm when we were camping.

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Recently, I found some plastic bugs in a charity shop so I bought them for Sophie. I added them to her garden toys to try to get her used to creepy crawlies.

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I also decided to leave a few tiles, sticks, stones, leaves and logs behind Sophie’s mud kitchen to try to attract a few creepy crawlies in the hope that a) Sophie wouldn’t be so scared and b) eventually, my husband would let me turn the area into a bug hotel!

I lifted some of the tiles with Sophie and we found a centipede, some woodlice, a beetle and a millipede. She was fascinated and actually came to have a closer look (unlike Craig).

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As Sophie loved her Easter egg hunt so much earlier in the year, I decided to set up a bug hunt. I hid the plastic bugs around the garden and gave her a bucket to collect them in.

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She discovered some in her bean teepee.

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Then she headed back along her sensory path to search for some more.

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I can’t believe how grown up she looked walking around the garden with her bucket.

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After a good hunt around the garden, she went to sit on her wooden tree trunk seat by her dinosaur small world tyre to check out her collection.

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She really enjoyed the activity and found quite a lot of ‘bugs’! Once she had finished collecting them she started to play with them in an area that I had been trying to turn into a fairy garden (It is now well and truly known as the bug garden!). Sophie loved this activity and I am sure it is one that we will repeat again and again. I just hope that next time we go on a bug hunt she will enjoy hunting for real minibeasts as well!

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If you enjoyed this post, take a look at some of our other outdoor activities.

Anna

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3 thoughts on “Bug Hunt

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  2. This is such a good idea, we made a bug sensory bin a few years ago when the monsters were scared of bugs! I adore that photo of Sophie in the teepee! ❤

    Thanks so much for sharing on #ToddlerApprovedTuesday, hope to see you link up again.

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