What to do with this activity?
Have you ever lifted a stone and seen insects and other creepy crawlies (we'll call them all bugs here) scurrying away to hide somewhere else? They like to hide in places where they are safe from birds that might eat them!
Real insects have six little legs and often have wings - like bees, flies, butterflies, and moths. There are lots of other bugs that aren't true insects - like ladybirds and other beetles, woodlice and centipedes.
If you have an unused corner of a garden or park near you, why not make a bug hotel like this one from the Eden Project, or have a look at this more detailed version from the Ulster Wildlife Trust. Build a place where you can attract bugs and be able to study different types of creepy crawlies. If you have a magnifying glass you can see the wonderful detail on these tiny creatures.
Encourage your child to do some research into what they find. You can borrow books from your local library for free, or search online by following like these ones at I Spy Nature.
Why am I doing this?
Reading is like a muscle – the more your child practises it the stronger their ability to read becomes. Reading with your child, encouraging them and giving them space to read makes reading part of their everyday lives.
How can I do more?
Talk to your child about which books they liked and what they think would be good to read next. Look out for other activities for your child’s age group in your local library.
Use magazines and newspapers for ideas, words and facts. Use the pictures as well as the words. Show your child different types of books - storybooks but also poetry and factual books for children, for example on nature, animals or insects. Encourage your child’s interest in reading about topics they enjoy, for example animals, music and football. Enjoying reading is the most important thing.
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