Summertime is here. The kids are out of school and already complaining that there is nothing to do. This summer, I decided to invest in some products that combine learning, fun, and are multi-use (products that will last this summer and beyond). Over the next 2 months, I will be sharing my suggestions for surviving summer on a budget…and learning along the way.
First up is Nancy B’s Science Club Bug Discovery Lab & Incredible Insects Journal from Educational Insights. This is just one of the many products available from the Nancy B’s Science Club collection and is a perfect fit for my bug-loving boy.
The kit includes a portable bug terrarium, a pit trap to attract and catch insects, a bug catcher with easy insect catch-and-release, and an activity journal. The beauty of this kit is that it can be used again and again. I am a big believer of investing in good quality multi-use toys. This one passed the test because it can be used many times over, clean up is fast, and my boy will learn as he plays. That is a win-win in my book!
On a beautiful sunny day, my oldest son and I ventured out from our summer cabin to explore the world around us. I love that the kit containers fit into the terrarium for easy travel. No extra pieces to hold on to. Once my boy found the “spot”, we set up our lab. My son developed the habitat in the terrarium for the insects. He followed the suggestion in the journal and selected fresh leaves and sticks that had fallen onto the ground. I explained to him the importance of not removing leaves from the trees. Using leaves that have recently fallen is a great way to be kind to our planet.
Once the habitat was built, the bug searching began. We decided to search along the ground for our “test subjects”. Using the bug catcher, were able to scoop up 3 ants and place them into the pit trap for transport. We then moved our test subjects to the terrarium. That is where the observation begins. Using the Insect Journal, we observed the ants using the magnified areas in the terrarium. We talked about their body shapes and observed their colors and methods of movement. Our journal was helpful with our observation. My son has seen ants many times but he had never taken the time to “really” see them. This was an eye-opening experience for him.
As we drew our observations to a close, we released the ants in the location we retrieved them and placed the contents of the habitat back into the forest. We combined the kits together and ventured home wanting to learn more about ants!
This kit not only got my son outside but it got him excited about the world around him. He learned so much during his discovery and was excited to come back to the cabin and learn more.
Here are items that I love about the kit:
- It encourages children to go outside and learn about the world around them.
- It teaches children to not fear insects but embrace them
- The kit can be used multiple times
- This can be used by one child or many children at the same time
- The journal helps push the learning further
- The kit is sturdy and is not cheaply made
- It combines up for easy storage
- I realize the kit is designed for all children but my son’s first comment was, “its purple”. Maybe more gender neutral colors would add appeal from both sides.
This kit exceeded my expectations and is worth the money. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a way to get your kids outside. I also enjoyed spending time with my boy being his assistant and look forward to joining him on future adventures.