My son just turned 3 recently and I’m really starting to see this amazing personality shine through his tiny little body. He’s so lovable and outgoing—he’s the kid in Target that says hi to every single stranger that passes by. And he won’t stop saying hi until you respond! He’s also inquisitive—asking about a million questions a day about everything he sees, hears, or touches. Right now, he’s really into bugs! Most of the time, when he comes across a new insect that he’s never seen, his first reaction is, “Mommy look, it’s so cute.” Followed by “What is it?” “Can I hold it”? “Is it slimy”? And “I love it!”
During letter I week of teaching my son the alphabet, I put together a simple Insect Scavenger Hunt for him to have fun investigating nature and his outdoor surroundings. He was so excited to try and find every insect on the checklist.
He carried around my laminated Insect Scavenger Hunt checklist, a dry erase marker in his pocket and his binoculars around his neck—which he used to scout out butterflies and bees. After catching some lizards, ants, and a ladybug, he did some up close inspecting when he put all his insects in his Battat Tiki Retreat bug catcher. It’s the Ritz for bugs!
After a few hours of holding his bugs and naming them, we let them go (behind the fence) and, of course, did it all again the next day.
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You can print and laminate my Insect Scavenger Hunt printable below and get some of the coordinating items on Amazon for your Insect Scavenger Hunt.
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Meagan is in her mid-thirties and has been married for almost 10 years. She is a proud boy mom, happily navigating her way through the toddler years. She met her husband 20 years ago in high school; they got married 10 years later after graduating from the University of South Florida. Meagan currently helps run a family business with her parents and sister, while blogging about her life and taking care of her three-year-old son full time (at work)!
When she isn’t chasing her son around and constantly picking up Matchbox cars, she enjoys spending time with her family on a beach anywhere. She also loves decorating and organizing her home, delving into fun DIY projects, bargain shopping, and eating at unique restaurants. She also loves Barbecue anything and a good show or movie on Netflix.