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Insects And Bugs For Kids

Crafts, activities, drawings to color, facts and information about bugs and insects for kids. Collect and raise bugs in your homeschool carefully! Experiment with insects which won’t harm you nor get loose and harm your house. Observe, but don’t kill bugs which are good for the environment.

About Bugs ~ Insect Facts for Children

Alien Empire
This special multimedia Web companion to the three-week NATURE miniseries takes you into the bizarre, fascinating world of insects, with amazing graphics, sound and animation, enhanced video, and activities for kids.

Bug Bios
This site aims to help you really see insects for the miniature marvels they represent and to understand how intertwined our cultures have become with these alien creatures.

Cool Bug Stuff
Cool bug facts, games, and recipes. Did you know that bugs can be used to make medicine?

Florida 4-H Bug Club
Here you will find information that will show you the best places to look for insects and that will help you identify the ones you have already collected.

Insects
Come learn why not all bugs are bad. In fact, many help by destroying destructive bugs and plants.

‘Wicked Bugs’ An Encyclopedia Of Insect Villains
Amy Stewart, who brought us a disturbing slender volume called Wicked Plants has a new and perhaps even more disturbing book called Wicked Bugs. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with Stewart about her A-Z list of the most loathsome insects and the havoc they cause.

World’s Most Notorious Bugs
The FBIA (Federal Bug Intelligence Agency) seeks your help in locating a gang of notorious creepy crawlies! Please study these wanted posters and notify the FBIA if you know the whereabouts of any of these characters. Site has loads of fascinating microscopic photographs of bugs.

Wonderful World of Insects
There are well over 1 million different known species of insects in the world, and some experts estimate that there might be as many as 10 million. They are divided up into 32 orders. Did you know that one in every four animals on this planet is a beetle?

ZooSphere
Insects photographed in many directions so you can turn them, zoom in, and generally examine them in good detail. The photos are in the Creative Commons, should you need the image.

Bug Arts and Crafts and other Insect Activities for Kids

Bug Box
A pest control company has several activities you can print out and do. If you live in Virginia, you can visit the Insect Zoo these folks sponsor, or have them visit your support group. Discount coupon.

Bug Fun
Collecting bugs, insect crafts and projects, games and jokes, even bugs as food, from the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology. Make Your Own Compound Eye, for example.

Cookie the Cop
Cook’s Pest Control in Alabama offers a free 16-page insect coloring and puzzle insect worksheets for kids.

Insect Printouts
Printout, label and color these worksheets of outlines of familiar insects: ants, bees, beetles, butterflies, and more. Some show lifecycle.

Insects at Enchanted Learning
Rhymes, crafts, coloring printouts, and quizzes.


Monster Bugs
Insect parts for kids to learn about. Assemble a bug you know or create an entirely new bug out of these drawers full of insect parts.

Insect Games for Children

Bug Theme Party Ideas
Having bug birthday party is a great choice! Most kids seem to be fascinated by little critters, so why not make that your party theme. Buggy treats, games and craft ideas.

Bug-go
A game to help you learn to identify some insects while learning which insects are beneficial and interesting facts about others. The game should be played similar to the game bingo. You’ll need a printer to print out the playing cards.

Recipes

Iowa State University’s Tasty Insect Recipes
Disclaimer: The Department of Entomology at Iowa State University is not responsible for gastric distress, allergic reactions, feelings of repulsion, or other problems resulting from the ingestion of foods represented on these pages.

Katerpillars (& Mystery Bugs)
Fun stuff – such as bug-looking recipes for Halloween treats – as well as information about all sorts if bugs from the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology.

Specific Insects

Mosquitos

Here’s What Happens Inside You When a Mosquito Bites
The video here shows a brown needle that looks like it’s trying to bury itself among some ice-cubes. It is, in fact, the snout of a mosquito, searching for blood vessels in the flesh of a mouse.

Mosquito Biology
Only female mosquitoes require a blood meal and bite animals – warm or cold blooded – and birds. Stimuli that influence biting (blood feeding) include a combination of carbon dioxide, temperature, moisture, smell, color and movement.

Other Insects

Bug Identification
If you’ve found an insect and you don’t know what it is then you can use the on-line Key here to find out to what order your insect belongs. It is a good idea to have the insect in a ‘Bug Box’ whilst you use the Key – it’s much easier than relying on your memory.

European Earwig
Along with biological information about this pest, the authors have tips for making simple traps, one just using a roll of cardboard, or a container with bacon grease.

Fleas
Let’s follow a flea from cradle to grave to learn about her strange, secret flea life-cycle.

Head Lice
Much to many parents’ annoyance, the head louse is a tiny, wingless parasitic insect that lives among human hairs and feeds on extremely small amounts of blood drawn from the scalp. Although they may sound gross, lice (the plural of louse) are a very common problem, especially for kids ages 3 years to 12 years (girls more often than boys).

Creepy, Crawly, Yucky Roach Facts
The Legend of the Headless Cockroach: A cockroach can live a week without its head. The roach only dies because without a mouth, it can’t drink water and dies of thirst. More weird facts about roaches.

Books to Help You Learn More About Insects

Bugs Rule!: An Introduction to the World of Insects

Bugs Rule!
An Introduction to the World of Insects
(Hardcover)
Kindle Editon
by Whitney Cranshaw and Richard Redak
Patrick Farenga’s brother-in-law Whitney Cranshaw is not only a cool character, he’s an entomologist at Colorado State University and his new book, Bugs Rule!, is an amazing achievement. Published by Princeton University Press, it is a gorgeous introductory textbook for nonscience majors and anyone interested in learning about insect biology, history, and science. Or you can just marvel at the fantastic color photos (830+ and Whit shot most of them!) and diagrams of some weird creatures. Beyond its target market, Pat can see this as a great resource for homeschoolers and alternative schools who have kids who like to seek and explore the world of insects.

Bug Bingo


Bug Bingo
by Christine Berrie
This beautifully illustrated bingo game features 64 species of bugs from around the world. Identify all kinds of insects – from the Giant Hawker Dragonfly to the Kissing Bug and the Orchid Bee to the Sacred Scarab – mark them off on your card and bingo!Bug Bingo brings a fun and educational twist to the traditional game as players learn the names and colorings of both favorite species like the Honey Bee and more exotic bugs like the Vampire Moth.Contains 64 superbly illustrated bug tokens, one board, 12 bingo cards and brightly colored counters for you to mark up your card, as well as a leaflet containing basic information and a few quirky traits for all of the bugs featured.

See also our pages about…

Ants

Bees

Beetles

Bugs as Pets

Butterflies & Moths


Spiders

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