With the nice weather this week, you’ve probably spent a lot of time outside. As you’re taking walks, riding your bikes and sitting
outside, you’re probably seeing a bunch of bugs and insects. That brings up a good question: Are bugs and insects the same thing? Technically, all bugs are insects, but not all insects are bugs. Insects are characterized by a three-part bodies, usually two-wings, and three pairs of legs. Bugs have a stylet, a straw like mouth, that they use to suck plants. Let’s take a look at some well-known bugs and insects.
How many of these insects do you recognize? Can you name them all? Which ones do you see a lot of around your house? Which do you not see very many of? Different insects live in different places, so depending on where you live (ie. in the city, the country, an apartment, a house) you will see different kinds if insects. Let’s learn some interesting about some of the most known insects.
Bugs and insects are a very large part of our world. They are everywhere. They are superheroes (Ant Man) and lots of different movies like Bug’s Life, Bee Movie, Antz, James & the Giant Peach and more. They are also a lot of books with main characters that are bugs and insects. Eric Carle is very famous for his colorful illustrations and timeless classics such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you Hear? and The Very Quiet Cricket. Let’s watch a story telling of one of those classics.
25 Cool Facts about Bugs! by National Geographic Kids Click title to go to resource.
Cool Big Games and Insect Facts by Hulett Environmental Services Click title to go to resource.
Insects by Nation Geographic Kids Click title to go to resource.
Experiment Time: Make a Bug House
It’s now time to head outside and collect some bugs! First though, we are going to need something to put the bugs in. Today we are going to make a simple “big house” made out of a recycled, house home item. A paper or plastic cup, cardboard cereal box or tissue box works best. Once you’ve made and decorated your house, don’t forget to fill it with some leaves, grass and twigs for your bugs. Materials: recycled container like a cup or a small cardboard box, tape or glue, scissors, a old pair of stockings/nylons