Monday, July 22, 2013

Buggy Bug Catching Jars- Backyard Camping Activities

Part of camping is getting close to nature.  Kids get the opportunity to meet and greet insects of all shapes and sizes, real and imagined with this fun activity that is part craft, part adventure.

Buggy Bug Catching Jars - Backyard Camping Activities for kids


Materials Needed:


  • Empty Glass Jars - lids punctured with a few holes by parent
  • Hammer/Nail for puncturing lid
  • Craft Paint - red/black, yellow/black, any assortment of other colours your like
  • Paint Brushes
  • Googly Eyes
  • Pipe cleaners, feathers, pompoms (optional)
  • Hot Glue

Buggy Bug Catching Jars - Backyard Camping Activities for kids


Instructions to Make Bug Jars:

  1. Hammer a few holes into the lid of the jar using a nail to allow breathing holes.
  2. Paint the lid of your jar to look like the insect of your choice.  This can be a real or imagined insect. 
  3. Allow lid to dry.
  4. Have a parent help to add the eyes, wings and antennae using a hot glue gun.
NOTE: I would suggest pre-painting the lids a base colour as they can take a little while to dry and may need two coats of paint. This could be a pre-camping activity to get them excited for the big night!

Buggy Bug Catching Jars - Backyard Camping Activities for kids

How to Use Bug Jars:


  1. Have the kids gather some grass, twigs, flowers, and other items from the yard that they think will attract the insects.
  2. Add them to the jar.
  3. Look for insects under rocks, around the base of trees.
  4. Scoop an insect or two into the jar and screw the lid back on.
  5. The kids can keep, watch and enjoy the insect(s) while camping in the backyard.  
Buggy Bug Catching Jars - Backyard Camping Activities for kids

In the morning when it is time to go home, release the insect(s) back into nature.  Clean the jar and keep it as a souvenir from your fun backyard camping experience.  It is the perfect spot for kids to store their most treasured possessions.

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