Going on a bug hunt in your garden is an engaging way of connecting kids with nature.
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And with 20,000 different types of insect in the UK, there shouldn’t be a shortage of small-scale wildlife to find!

However, our bug-hunt bingo game has just a few common critters that shouldn’t be too tricky to find.

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Photo: Jan Broady/Thrive
  • This activity helps learning about wildlife and the roles of different creatures in the garden.
  • Spending time in nature and taking notice of it relieves feelings of anxiety and improves mental wellbeing.
  • As a family activity, it’s a good way to connect with each other.
  • If it’s sunny, being outside will boost vitamin D levels.

Each child will need a pen and our bug-hunt bingo sheet (available to download here) with a checklist of creepy crawlies to find such as:

  • Ant
  • Earthworm
  • Ladybird
  • Snail
  • Spider
  • Woodlouse
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  • Look up, look down and look all around.
  • Check under plant leaves, rotting pieces of wood, stones, on the bark of trees, in tall grass.
  • Be gentle with any bug that’s found and don’t make them homeless - return them to the place where they were discovered.

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