I’m sure we’ve heard that often enough over the last year and a half!

Big sisters heckling little brothers, little cousins annoying overly cool teenagers, and yes, your youngest child hanging on your sleeve. Covid has definitely tested one’s patience. It’s time to get outdoors, stretch your legs, and explore the micro world of insects. 

Children are naturally curious and when they investigate the world around them, they get to experience the thrill that comes from finding something new. Adults can foster this curiosity by providing learning opportunities and materials that support exploration and discovery. 

This week’s activity, It’s a Bug’s Lifechildren will concentrate on the world of insects and take the time to quietly observe these tiny neighbors. 

Get out the bug spray (WHAT?!), grab some water, and lace up those hiking boots. It’s time for the nature walk you keep putting off! If bugs are just too creepy, check out other activities from the Playworks library.

Looking to learn more about how to support healthy Executive Function skills and Social-emotional Learning with your children? Reflection Sciences has a free course just for families and more fun activities for home. See our offerings here

About the Author:

Carrie Fruin is the mother of three sons and grandmother of two. She taught high school science for over 25 years and still is active in STEM education.

She has a strong belief that all children can learn, and it is through the understanding of Executive Function (EF) skills and their relationship to Social-emotional learning (SEL) that will assist educators in reaching all children and providing them a true foundation for success in life.