How to Make Bug Boxes

Written by lauren wise
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Creating bug boxes is a fun and creative activity for kids which can help teach science and illuminate the insect world. They require only a couple of household materials and will last a long time. You can collect anything from grasshoppers and centipedes to lightning bugs, butterflies, moths and more.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cardboard shoe box
  • Plastic wrap
  • Scissors
  • Strong masking tape
  • Grass, twigs, leaves, etc.

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  1. 1

    Take the lid off the cardboard shoe box. Cut a rectangle out from the lid that measures 3 inches wide by 6 inches long.

  2. 2

    Turn the lid over so the bottom is facing you. Lay a piece of plastic wrap taut over the opening. Tape around all four sides of the plastic wrap to secure it tightly to the underside of the lid, creating a viewing window. Make sure you tape all edges securely so bugs cannot escape. You may also use glue.

  3. 3

    Poke three holes into each side of the box, making sure they are not large enough for the bugs to escape. This is to allow the bugs to breathe.

  4. 4

    Place the lid back onto the shoe box to make sure it still fits securely. Add grass, twigs, hay or leaves to the bottom of the shoebox.

  5. 5

    Add bugs and keep the lid shut. Observe the bugs through the plastic wrap viewing window.

Tips and warnings

  • Decorate with paint, stickers, or colour with markers for a creative look.
  • Make sure your kids understand which bugs may be poisonous and which bugs are OK to catch.

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