This post brought to you by The Orkin Ecologist. All opinions are 100% mine.
Halloween is right around the corner – the holiday where we celebrate all that is creepy and spooky. And I don’t know about you, but to me there is nothing creepier than insects. And living in the south means that we have some BIG, scary bugs (I guess they like warmer temperatures?). I see insects running around here all the time and always wonder what they are.
I made this project so that you can take the opportunity, with your children, to learn about the bugs in your environment! This would make a great science fair or home school project, and it’s so easy to make. And where do you get the information? Orkin, the pest specialists, have been studying insects for 100 years and even have scientists on staff. They’ve decided to take this knowledge and developed a site called The Orkin Ecologist to help you learn, too. It’s the perfect place to get the facts you need to make an iD chart like this one. Here’s how I did it.
Gather These Supplies
- Wood slice – I got this at the craft store
- Mod Podge Matte
- Scrapbook paper – colors of your choice including white
- Scissors or die cutter to make ID tags
- Clip art of insects of your choice
- Detail scissors (optional)
The first step is to choose your insects and print out silhouettes of them using your printer. You can get more detailed if you are working with older children – it depends on the cutting skills of your child. Pick 6 – 8 insects to identify (try to focus on your local area!) and cut them out using scrapbook paper.
Tip: older children can use detail scissors to get smaller cuts.
Write the name of each insect on the ID tag. You can use The Orkin Ecologist to get the Latin name.
If you are an ecology enthusiast or just love creepy crawly bugs, check out the Orkin Ecologist. It’s a fantastic educational resource for both novice and experienced science lovers. Take a peek and let me know what you think. Now that I’ve shown you how to make an insect ID chart with your kids, enter the contest below to win a $100 gift card courtesy of Orkin. Cool, huh?