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Bug Catcher Jar

ages 2-6

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Help your child make a bug-catching jar for your next walk or park outing. Begin by cleaning an empty plastic peanut butter jar. Soak the jar in water to remove the label. Then, cut a few holes in the lid with a knife or utility scissors. You can then let your child write his or her name on the outside with a permanent marker -- or scribble a few designs, if he or she's not writing yet. Grab your bug catcher, and head outside to see what you can find!


skippdebsamuel said:

Genius! Love to take walks with my son, and we always find creatures on the way. Now I don't have to hold rollie pollies and walk.

- Posted on Jun 15, 2007

tlafontaine2 said:

This is a great opportunity to teach your kids about various insects.

- Posted on Jun 28, 2007

cbejzak said:

My son is fascinated with bugs and would love this!

- Posted on Jul 28, 2007

tmccorvey77 said:

I did this as a group activity and used plastic strawberry (or other produce) cartons. They are the perfect shape, you don't have to keep track of the lid, they're stack-able (so I didn't have an overflow of empty plastic jars to haul around) and they're already vented! The holes are a bit wide, though, so small bugs and dirt will slip through, but they're great for catepillars!

- Posted on Jan 29, 2009

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