We had a wonderful first day at camp learning and talking about bugs! We spent the morning drawing some dragonflies, then ventured outside to look for some bugs in real life. We brought out bug jars and hand lenses to help our research and collection. After we finished our bug hunting, we found we had caught millipedes, beetles, ants, worms, and even a large spider. What a fun first day!
We began the morning with bug stencils! It was very fun getting to color the bugs all different colors and patterns. We even talked about what colors would help a bug be camouflaged from predators. We then ventured out into the forest to set some bug traps. We can't wait to check them to tomorrow and see if we caught anything! We ended the day at the community garden checking out all the bugs on the flowers, we even got to watch a bee in action on some sunflowers!
This morning, we made leaf prints, but all the leaves had holes in them from being munched on by bugs. It was fun getting to look at the different patterns the eating bugs had made on the leaves. It was a wet day in the forest so not as many bugs were out, but we had an awesome time building bridges and digging tunnels in the sand. We got to practice our engineering skills, and it was great fun! We checked one bug trap but it was filled with rainwater. We reburied it in higher ground and will check on it tomorrow!
The morning activity involved using watercolors to paint neat pictures of bugs! After that, we ventured out onto the forest. We checked on a bug trap, but no bugs. We climbed some trees, we dug to catch some bugs, and we even built a Moana raft. We ended our outside time with an insect themed version of duck, duck, goose called Fly, Fly, Praying Mantis!
We ventured to the community garden and saw some neat stink bugs and bees basking in the sun on all the flowers. We brought out our bug nets and took turns catching what we could. We ended up catching ladybugs and grasshoppers. Then we got to spend some quality time in the creek, and we even got to some magnetic fishing where we caught lots of rocks with minerals.