This activity is designed to get children into the garden and looking at the bugs that can be found in our own backyards. Younger children are asked to identify different creepy crawlies and to think about where they live and what they eat. Older children are asked to describe the bugs they see in detail, using magnifying glasses. All children are then asked to make a bug house to keep bugs in your garden warm in winter and cool in summer.
This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.
- This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.
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EYLF Learning Outcomes:
Learning Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
2.3 Children become aware of fairness
Learning Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity
4.2 Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating
- A garden or yard
- magnifying glasses
- a box or tub of soil (if digging in your centre garden is not possible)
- tools for digging (spoons or small spades)
- Build a bug house instruction sheet, materials for building a bug house – milk cartons or other containers or cardboard rolled into a tube
- sticky tape
- paint (optional)
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