Worm and bug toys range from stuffed animals for babies to complex study sets for grade and middle schoolchildren. The attraction in using live insect or worm toys is the element of personal discovery, so it is helpful to choose one of the many colour photo insect or worm discovery books available on the market, to assist the child in the discovery process.
Fake Worm and Bug Toys
The Hexibug toys are remote control battery operated insects that scurry along the floor much like an insect. Hexibug also offers habitats, battle game sets and the Hexibug Nano. The Melissa and Doug Bug-Catching Magnetic Game allows children to hover a magnet over a board and attempt to catch insects with a bug net. The Creepy Crawlers bug and worm making set allows children to fill moulds with various colours of rubber, cook them in the Creepy Crawlers oven, and produce wiggly rubber bugs. Edible gels are also available to make candy Crawlers.
Bug and Worm Games
Bug Opoly is a board game similar to Monopoly, but in this game you are trading within the bug kingdom. Interesting bug and insect facts are written on certain playing cards in the game. Worm Up is a game for seven to fifteen year old children, and consists of a racing game using dice to move the discs composing their worm to the front until the get to the finish line. Bug World -- The Board Game is a game primarily about ants, and the goal of the game is to collect the baby ants, or grub of the colony back to the colony without being eaten by a predator.
Live Bug Collection
A bug house is a classic child's toy which houses insects which the child catches. It is also helpful to get a butterfly net or a bug vaccum to collect the bugs. The Bug Book and The Bug Bottle collection includes a habitat for the bugs to stay in while the child observes them. The Bug Book outlines many bugs found in nature, where they can be found, and how to care for the bugs while you keep them. The Bug Book also includes helpful hints of which bugs the child should not catch.
Live insect observatories are available in all styles including ant farms, butterfly gardens, worm observatories, and even nurseraries to raise all different kinds of bugs from babies. Earth worm nursery kits allow you to hatch baby earthworms and watch them grow inside the habitat. Insect collection and feeding kits are available. Toys R Us sells a "Garden Spider Web Frame" to be hung in the garden, so the child can see spiders working in a natural habitat.
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