Kids Home School Idea: Build a Bug Hotel in Your Garden

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This fantastic kids home school idea is the perfect at home science lesson during isolation. Let your kids explore nature and build a bug house at home.

We know that kids love exploring the outside but due to the outbreak of Covid_19, playing outside with friends seems like a distant memory. If you’re trying to think of some fun and interesting kids home school ideas, this one is for you.

Bring science lessons at home to life by helping your kids to create a bug hotel at home. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden or outdoor space, this wonderful kids home school science lesson will let their imagination run wild while learning about nature, insects and habitats.

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The following garden craft project is the perfect opportunity for kids to get away from those screens and reconnect with the nature while staying at home. Ryobi Power Tools has put together a step-by-step guide on how to build your very own bug using natural materials.

Make a Bug Hotel for a Kids Home School Science Lesson

1. Collect materials
Spend some time looking around your garden for twigs, leaves, pinecones, bark and pebbles. These will provide the building blocks for your hotel. Some insects like tiny holes to crawl into and others like leaves and twigs to move around so make sure to get a mixture. Broken plant pots would also work here to create some height, as well as bricks, wooden pallets and old roof tiles.

2. Find a suitable place
Bug hotels are best placed in an undisturbed corner of your garden that’s sheltered from bad weather. Insects like to feel safe and cosy so the darker corners of your outside space are the best for this.

3. Start building
Insects love dark corners so build up your hotel with different sized nooks and lots of places for them to hide. Piles of logs attract birds and hedgehogs who nestle into these to find tiny grubs to snack on. Larger holes with stones and tiles will create cool, damp spaces that will attract frogs and toads. Add moss and leaves inside the hotel to create a similar texture to your garden. When you’re finished, be sure to add a roof so that the guests can stay dry.

4. Sit and wait
Now is the time for patience as you sit and wait for your guests to arrive. As the seasons change, different bugs and garden creatures will visit depending on whether they’re hibernating or looking for food.

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