I have one of those boys that asks me questions all day long. On the one hand, I love that he’s enthusiastic about learning. On the other hand, sometimes I don’t know the answer. This is especially true when he asks me questions about bugs!
Every time he sees a bug he asks “Mom, what kind of insect is that?” Since I seldom actually know the answer to that question, especially when the bug isn’t actually an insect but another kind of buggy species, I decided to do something about it and get him some resource materials to help him answer his own questions.
I requested these Bugs books from DK Books which I received for free in exchange for an honest review of the books. I was not compensated for this review.
Bugs Bugs and More Bugs
The first one, Bug Hunter, is from the Smithsonian Eyewitness Explorer series. I have a fascination with all creatures in nature because I see that they each have work to do that overall, somehow makes this world a better place. I also have one of those, ewe gross, reactions whenever I see most bugs or bug-like creatures. In Bug Hunter you will discover a gorgeously appointed book for kids to learn how to explore the world of bugs. There are great bits of information about the various groups of bugs represented but there are also hands-on activities and experiments that really allow children to explore nature.
Ever wondered why bananas go brown so quickly? Well, in Bug Hunter you’ll be challenged to find out and when you do you may just think, ewe grossly fascinating! You’ll also see instructions for building a simple bee hive, a wormery and a butterfly feeder. From ants to worms and bees to spiders this book will fascinate you and your kids while you explore and learn about the life of bugs, and you will probably squirm a little too, after all they are bugs.
From DK’s Smithsonian Books, Everything you need to know about Bugs, is like a very kid friendly encyclopedia of bugs. It uses excellent photography and imagery to help kids to see what’s being explained. Don’t get me wrong, this book is more than just photos, it’s choc-full of information that reveal a wealth of science about bugs.
For example did you know that the largest butterfly is the Queen Alexandra’s birdwing with a wingspan of 11 inches? Have you seen a monarch butterfly lately? Well, how do you know for sure? Maybe just maybe you’ve seen a viceroy instead. They are 2 different species that mimic each other which helps to keep away predators.
Do you know about leaf-cutter ants? I first learned of them while visiting the Botanical Gardens in Cleveland, they are colony ants and their colony is so very fascintating. Each and in the colony has a specific job to do and through much effort and work the colony not only survives but it thrives. You might think that their name leaf-cutter ant means they survive by eating leaves but that is not what they eat. I won’t reveal the work they do for food but that’s just one of the amazing things you and your kids will learn about in the book.
These are just a few of the wonderful facts that your kids will discover when reading, Everything you need to know about Bugs.
Other Learning Resources for Learning about Bugs
5 Resources about Bugs Available at CurrClick (But there are a lot more, so be sure to look around).
- Insects and Arachnids of North America – Unit Study from Homeschool Learning Network
- Insects Thematic Unit from Teacher Created Resources
- Science Action Labs, Insects from Teaching & Learning Company
- Insects from Milliken
- Rainforest Insects and other Decomposers from Evan-Moor
5 More Books about Bugs
More Learning about Bugs
- Amateur Entomologists’ Society
- Bug Detective at Discovery Kids
- BugGuide—Sponsored by the Department of Entomology at Iowa State University
- Insects and Bugs Everything You Need to Know by Scholastic
- Insects Unit Study by Cindy at Oklahoma Homeschool
- Insects Unit Stud by Eva Varga
- Kentucky Bug Connection by University of Kentucky Entomology
- The Entomological Foundation
- Videos about Bugs at National Geographic
Bug Hunting Supplies
10 Bugs Apps
Google Play (All Free)
- Audubon Insects & Spiders by National Audubon Society
- Insects & Bugs Images by Doolat Maldar
- Insect Life Cycles by IM Studio
- Insect Order by Lucid Mobile
- Insect Sounds by Sound Wave Apps
- Atlas Insects of the World by ASV Apps (Free)
- Audubon Insects and Spiders by National Audubon Society ($4.99)
- Common Insects by E-Learning Factory SL ($1.99)
- Insect Noises by Simpadicco llc (Free)
- Meet the Insects Pack of 3 Apps by NCSOFT ($9.99)
So are you ready to take your kids on an exploration of nature? Ready to jump in feet first into the world of bugs and discover fascinating creatures living all around us? It’s sure to be interesting. It’s sure to be creepy and it might just make you squirm but you will also be amazed.
Please Note: Many of these resources teach science from an evolutionary standpoint. While I as a Christian believe that God Created all things, even bugs, for a purpose, I understand that secular science teaches a different viewpoint. I always use these resources with an eye open for such evolutionary teachings, then explain the different world views regarding science to my son. Therefore, I suggest you use caution and your own best judgment when using online, or printed resources.
This post is part of the iHN Massive Guide to Homeschool Reading Lists.