The Marvellous Activity Book of Bug Box

The Marvellous Activity Book of Bug Box

Each year, just before school breaks up, Rory and I like to sit down and write a bucket list of all the things we’d like to do over the summer holidays.  If you’d like a peak at this year’s choices to inspire you, have no fear we shared it in a blog and there’s a free printable of it!  One of the activities in our Summer Challenge is to go on a Mini Beast Hunt.  This one is always extremely popular with the boys who are keen to see how many different mini beasts they can find and it’s popular with Mummy because it means they are enjoying being outdoors.

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We were absolutely delighted when we were kindly gifted a copy of The Marvellous Activity Book of Bug Box to enhance our bug hunting experience.  Bug Box are an online entomology store.  That’s the branch of zoology concerned with the study of insects and not etymology the study of the origin of words!  As well as selling a wide variety of healthy invertebrates, the founder Cameron Reardon has also written a fantastic activity book for children all about insects.  He created the book with the help of secondary school teachers ensuring that it is linked to the primary curriculum.  In fact, it’s now also being used in many classrooms in Wales as part of the education curriculum for children.

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The Marvellous Activity Book of Bug Box is split into a variety of sections each of which has a different educational theme of either Maths, English, Science or Outdoors.  Rory was keen to jump straight to the Outdoors Section and to do the craft activity which was making an Insect Hotel.  The instructions are clearly laid out and easy to follow and Rory quite happily made the hotel by himself.  I really liked that it was made out of recycled materials other than a few splodges of PVA glue.  We have made a single layer hotel at the moment but Rory is very keen to add to it and build a bigger hotel.  We’ll have to start drinking more apple juice so he can have the cartons!

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The other Outdoors activity is going on a Bug Hunt.  The Bug Hunt has been structured into a science experiment with an aim, method, prediction, results and conclusion.  The aim is to find out about the habitat of a woodlouse and is clearly structured to help children go through each step of a scientific experiment.  Children are also encourage to look out for other kinds of mini beasts along the way too.  We really enjoyed doing this and Rory liked writing down something for each stage like a real scientist would.

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The Maths and English parts of the book would be fantastic for a rainy day or if you need a calming down activity.  Rory really enjoyed solving the Maths calculations which you then use to complete an insect themed colour by numbers.  In the English section, I really liked how rather than just having a fact section to read, the words of the facts are jumbled and you need to unscramble them to discover the facts which adds an extra element of fun.  There’s also a Maths puzzle and a wordsearch to solve too.

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There are also two science activities to complete.  The first is labeling the parts of a spider.  I have to admit I had no idea that there is a part of a spider called a pedipalp until we did this which was great as it encouraged us to go away and find out more.  The other science activity is all about life cycles.  In school children often learn about the life cycles of frogs and butterflies so it was really great to see the life cycle of a different creature as the book focuses on the life cycle of a ladybird.

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The Marvellous Activity Book of Bug Box is a really great way to explore the fascinating world of bugs.  Rory and I both really enjoyed completing the activities and we would really recommend it to other mini beast hunters!

If you’d like to find out more about Bug Box UK, you can find them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!

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22 Comments Add yours

  1. Rebecca Smith says:

    This sounds like an activity book my son Jack would enjoy – he loves things like this and it sounds like a lot of fun!

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    1. typicalmummy says:

      Oooh I saw this on your Instagram and thought it looked fab, so it’s great to read more about it. My kids would definitely love it! #KCACOLS

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  2. This looks fab! We are out walking a lot, this is something my son would really get stuck into.

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  3. Lyndsey O'Halloran says:

    We love being outdoors. This looks like something Erin would really like.

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  4. jennifuchs says:

    This sounds fantastic! My youngest is really in to science and natural history, and would absolutely love this. What age would you say it is aimed at?

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    1. I’d say it aimed at age 6 and up as there are some writing activities however my three year old absolutely loved making the the insect hotel and doing the bug hunting activities.

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  5. wendyr1505 says:

    This book sounds great. I struggle to get my boy doing anything educational at home but he loves bugs so will probably enjoy this xx

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  6. This looks really brilliant, so much to do in it. My son would enjoy freaking his sisters out with those ginormous bugs! 😄 #kcacols

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  7. Lydia C. Lee says:

    That’s great – anything that inspires exploration and investigation is wonderful!

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  8. Oh what a great thing to get the kids busy in the garden or outside! #kcacols

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  9. Sharon Hazel says:

    Looks like a great ‘workbook’ educational and fun 🙂 #globalblogging

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  10. Oh wow this book sounds ace – my boys would love this as they love anything about bugs

    Laura x

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  11. Rachel Day says:

    This sounds so much fun as well as a great learning activity. Love the science experiment idea.
    #kcacols

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  12. Katrina | ChatterFoxBlog says:

    This sounds like such a fun interactive book. I think even i’d learn something from it- I’ve never even thought about the lifecycle of a ladybird!

    Katrina x
    #KCACOLS

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  13. Coombe Mill says:

    We love a good bug hunt here. What a wonderful book to help you explore their world more fully #KCACOLS

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  14. RaisieBay says:

    My Little Man would love this, he really likes his bugs and spiders.

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  15. mummyest2014 says:

    Looks amazing. I love it when books can be used for multiple ways of learning. Sounds fantastic x

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  16. This sounds like a lot of fun and very educational too x x #KCACOLS

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  17. Oh this looks great – always love things that are fun and educational too! 🙂 #kcacols

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  18. Jayne SMABL says:

    This looks fab! And such a fun way to learn too.
    My boys would really like this. 🙂 x #MMBC

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  19. I’m not overly keen on bugs but kids love them! This looks like a great way to occupy some hours during the summer holidays. Thanks for sharing with us at #globalblogging

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  20. Now this book would be one my kids would love to work their way through. I’m going to have to check it out in even more detail. Thank you for sharing your review of it. #KCACOLS

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