Bug Hunting - FamilyEducation

Bug Hunting

This nature activity teaches children how to search, capture, and care for bugs.


  • Clear container
  • Netting or waxed paper
  • Rubber band
  • Spoon
  • Overripe banana
  • Brown sugar
  • Magnifying glass

Have you ever taken the time to observe bugs? They are amazing creatures. They fly, buzz, sting, leap, and even light up.

  1. A good way to attract bugs is to put out something sweet like a banana with brown sugar sprinkled on top.
  2. Let the banana mixture sit outside a while, then spread it onto the bark of a tree.
  3. Check it regularly to see what new bugs you have attracted.
  4. Look through the magnifying glass and draw what you see.
  5. Come out at night with a flashlight and see if there are any newcomers.
  6. If you want to watch a particular bug, put it in your container with a bottle cap of water, a stick, and some green leaves.
  7. Cover the container with netting or waxed paper (make sure to poke small holes).
  8. Return your bug to the place you found him within twenty-four hours.