According to Smithsonian Institution, it is estimated that, at any time, there are 10 quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) individual insects alive. And, Iowa State University entomologists Larry Pedigo and Marlin Rice estimate the ratio of insects to humans is 200 million to one.

My kids love seeing large numbers written out, so they love seeing these research estimates. They also love insects and care about their world. While I appreciate these things, too, I also love sneaking in some fine motor work!

We read, discuss, compare and contrast, graph, observe and write about many types of bugs. Thank goodness there are so many helpful resources available to teach us. We also brainstorm ways we can re-purpose plastic water bottles.

This all adds up to making Bug Hotels.

Materials needed:

  • Plastic water bottles (Cut off tops and bottoms — keep the caps for another project.)
  • Small sticks

Load the sticks into the bug hotel. Pack them in really tight so they don’t fall out when the hotel is turned! Once finished, place them in a shady garden spot.

Best thing about bug hotels? No reservations required.