Let’s Go on a Bug Hunt!
(Tiny Gardeners: Infants & Toddlers)
Every garden has bugs. Some live above ground on leaves, stems, and flowers, soaking in warmth and sunlight, while others prefer to stay in the damp darkness under the soil. Let’s go find them!
- Magnifying glass
- Gardening gloves
- Shovel or trowel
What to Do:
1. Grab your magnifying glass and head outside to the garden. Help your little one find bugs both above the ground and (with help from your shovel or trowel) under the soil. Ask what they notice about the bugs, including what the bugs look like, how they move, and what they’re doing.
2. Practice the idea of “over” and “under” by encouraging your little helper to jump over obstacles like pebbles and the hose, and under things like lawn chairs and tables.
3. Ask your little one to pick their favorite insect from the bug hunt and create a story about that bug’s life. Act it out together!
Bugs can be a little scary to tiny gardeners, but the more they learn about common garden insects, the less frightened they will be. Reading books with bug characters, like 1 2 3 Little Bugs: A Cool Counting Book by Puck, can help, too. For more fun bug-related activities and adventures, download Slugs & Bugs: Over and Under.