Little “L” chose to bug hunt this morning. She managed to collect a fly that was buzzing around the playroom and was (if we are honest) a little dazed and confused!
She asked me if it was a Bee? 
“Lets look shall we” I said….. and off we went to find a book about insects!

She sat with her bug and book and looked at each of the pictures. Often she would stop to talk about one of the insects in the book and expressed her interest or fondness in a particular one, like a Butterfly.
After some time we came to a page of fly’s. She became very excited when we found a picture of the fly she had caught. It was a hover fly!

After studying our fly and reading about it in the book, we thought it best to release it!

Other bugs were not so cooperative about being caught so she started to collect the plastic pugs that are hidden in the flower beds!


  • Offering lots of different resources for the children to use and to help them learn about the natural world.
  • To provide ways for the children to identify and learn about the living things in our world, such as books and support to use the internet.
Hide more plastic bugs in the garden to be found. Place the magnifying glasses outside. Print and laminate an insect identification sheet for common garden insects and then pin to the fence. Look at some insects and how they live using David Attenborough DVD’s or You tube clips.


    Little “L” was very keen to find insects to identify and spent a long time lifting bits of wood and stones to see if any were hiding. She was engaged and focused for a long period of time.She initiated this activity after finding the bug box in the garden and drew others in to her play by asking them to come and find bugs with her. She shared her knowledge of insects with me while learning new things.

    Today’s play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
    • Physical Development
    • Communication and Language
    • Literacy
    • Understanding the world

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