Bug Safari Review
I love bugs! I spent many happy hours on field courses at university observing and studying a whole variety of different insects. I love the opportunities I have when I am teaching to share this enthusiasm. A lot of the children I teach will initially recoil at the idea of spending a lesson trying to find out what conditions woodlice prefer, but once they get started they are soon immersed in the activity and thoroughly enjoying themselves. Little children are usually fascinated by creepy crawlies. My girls are no exceptions. Freyja has been particularly keen to go on a “bug safari” for a while, so we were delighted when we got sent this Bug Safari kit from Interplay to test out.
The kit is suitable for children aged 5 and upwards and comes with a field lens, bug tongs, a brush, tweezers, a viewing pot with a magnifying lid and a 20 page booklet with instructions and information about a variety of mini-beasts.
I was really pleased to see the brush included in the set. Although you might not think of a little paintbrush as something in a bug safari kit, they are perfect for gently picking up insects and placing them into a container without damaging or hurting them. The bug tongs are particularly useful for catching bugs if you are a little unsure about getting too close to any creepy crawlies! Freyja is far more at home using these rather than the tweezers to pick up insects.
The field lens is a decent magnifying glass, especially considering its size. It closes up to help protect it from being scratched. It also has an “eye” so we can thread it with some string and put it around Freyja’s neck for taking with us on bug safari’s further afield. The magnifying pot is also a really useful bit of kit. The magnifying lid makes it easier to observe the creatures. I also like the two “corners” which insects will tend to move to and then stay still.
The Bug Safari kit costs £12.99 which makes in an affordable gift for any budding entemologist. For us, this is going to be something that I know will be getting a lot of use over the summer!
Disclaimer: We were sent the Bug Safari kit for review, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.