I knew I was taking a risk with doing a bugs program. I was either going to get kids who are fascinated by bugs or kids who hate bugs. I did not want to traumatize the kids, so I went for cool fascinating facts of why we need bugs. The age group for this program was K5-3rd Grade.
|Introduction||Bug Off! (5 minutes)
This was 5 minute presentation about why we need bugs.
The kids got a real kick out of dung beetles.
|Science Experiment||Warm Bugs, Cool Bugs (10 Minutes)
Which one is going to glow brighter? The Stick in the warm water or the cold water?
Discuss with the kids why they think it happens.
I then discussed why fireflies glow brighter in certain weather conditions.
Switch the sticks and see what happens.
Source:Discovery Express Kids
|Outside Activity||Magnifying Glasses and Bug Bingo (10-15 minutes)
I found some sweet Bug BINGO cards. I gave each kid a BINGO sheet and magnifying glass. We then went outside and searched for bugs in our garden. I knew they were only going to find a few of them. However, the kids had fun running around trying to find bugs.
|Pollen Experiment||Pollen Experiment (10 Minutes)
I was a little more hesitant with this experiment. I was not sure if the kids would enjoy it. However, they had a BLAST.
We set-up half of the meeting room with cupcake cups filled with Cheetos. We then taped bees to the kids’ hands. They had to fly around the room and move Cheetos to different cups.
Source: Little Warriors
|Cocoon Experiment (optional)||Toilet Paper (5 Minutes)
This was optional if I still had time. I did! I picked three random kids. We wrapped then in toilet paper and had them bust out. Told them to ask permission to do this one at home.