Presenting the Doodlebug Ladybug Fall 2012 BUG COLLECTION!
I was reading a while back on this great blog post about how the average American kid can identify thousands of corporate logos, but can name less than 10 plant or animal species indigenous to their area. That inspired these parents to learn about native species by doing a leaf collection with their kids.
The Doodlebug/Ladybug, however, aren't so much into leaves. But do you want to guess what they are into? BUGS! My kids are endlessly fascinated with creepy-crawlers.
We kept running into bugs on the farm all summer, and it turns out there are some really nasty looking bugs that won't hurt you at all. For instance, there are bugs that are disguised to look like bumblebees so they can steal all the bee's food and nobody will bother them. Apparently this kind of chicanery is rampant in the insect world. Seems like a handy thing to know, right?
The Doodle making his first catch:
We've been pinning the insects to a piece of cardboard so we can look at them carefully and look them up to read about them.
We realize this makes us supremely dorky parents, but the kids love it. They run up to other kids on our walk and announce "We're looking for INSECTS!" It's very much the cool thing. :)