Adventures with Nature

Learning about science doesn’t have to be just about doing experiments. It can be as simple as looking in the garden for bugs.

You could:

  • take photos and try to identify the bugs from the photos.
  • count legs
  • look at colours
  • draw the bugs
  • compare the different places you find different bugs.
This is what happened when we searched the garden.

First we looked around,


and found our first bug!



Then we found a fly on an old frisbee.


Then there was much excitement over a bee!


Even very little people can join in.


Then we went on a bike ride to look further afield, and found a cow! This led to a long discussion about whether or not we could get milk from ‘ the things that dangled down’.


Children can have a brilliant time doing the simplest of activities, bug hunting was especially  great for me as all three children enjoyed it.

Author: Emma Vanstone

Science Sparks, is a site dedicated to making Science fun for kids. I’d love you to follow me on my Google Profile+.

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  1. So simple but so effective. Good observation skills can never be taught too young!

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  2. It’s amazing just how effective a simple science lesson can be when we take the time to look around our own backyards with the eyes of a child and the experience of an adult.

    Ross Mannell (teacher)

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  3. Superb! Exploring is the start of scientific investigation. It is what gives us the questions.

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  4. Love it!! My little one gets very excited looking for bugs. Its these simple things they they really enjoy and learn from…even better they are free and anyone can do it!!!

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