It’s summer time, and that means that here in northeast Ohio, we finally get to enjoy some time outdoors! If your family is anything like mine, there might be a little bit of a competitive spirit, and looking for structured activities that extend learning can make the best of this friendly competitive atmosphere. Challenge your family members to a Bug Off!
Here are the rules:
- Go outside and find as many different types of bugs as you can. Take each bug’s picture. Most bugs are worth one point.
- No touching the bugs! It’s okay to turn over rocks or look inside bushes, but leave the bugs where you find them.
- Set a time limit. If you have shorter attention spans in your family, you may want to select a shorter time, such as five minutes. You could set the time limit for as long as you like! We chose 15 minutes.
- We chose to not limit ourselves to just insects. We included worms and arachnids too!
- If you find a bug that uses camouflage, you earn two points!
- If you find a flying insect, you earn two points!
- When time is up, count your bugs and add up your points. Who wins? Everyone! If you’d like, you can choose a prize as a family. Maybe the winner gets to choose a movie for movie night, or perhaps can pick a spot for a family walk. In our family, the winner got to pick a special snack (for everyone, not just the winner)!
Feel free to make this game more or less structured depending on the needs of your family. Add or change rules as you like, and if you have a large family or a family with very young children, consider working in pairs or teams.
For those of you who are participating in the Library’s Virtual Summer Discovery program, this counts as a STEAM activity on the bingo card!
For more buggy resources for kids, see Hoopla’s large collection of ebooks and audiobooks about bugs.