I will start featuring “Unplugged Fun” blog posts depicting ideas of fun things for kids to do outside without an electronic device. Here is the first one.
One of the biggest downsides to living in Monteverde, Costa Rica is the number of insects and bugs that abound here. No matter how hard I clean, there are ants, moths, and beetles in my house. I have very much taken the “Pura Vida” approach to bugs and try to ignore them as much as possible, as long as they are not in my bed or in my food.
Kara and Tristan, on the other hand, love bugs. One of their favorite places to visit here is the Monteverde Butterfly Garden, which is really a euphemism for the greatest bug zoo ever. My children love bugs so much, that they actually each built a bug hotel to attract more bugs. They got the ideas to build their hotel by googling “bug houses” and “bug hotels”. As if my life with those little creatures isn’t bad enough….I am talking about the bugs, not the kids.
Pictures of Kara’s Bug Hotel
Pictures of Tristan’s Bug Hotel
The kids “work” on their bug hotel several times per week. They use discarded food items such as apple cores and banana peels to provide food for their bug hotel kitchens. They also make sure their bugs have access to wet and dry areas in each of their hotels. The whole thing would be really cute if it did not totally creep me out.
Regardless of my horror that my children would build a hotel to bring more bugs to our yard, this activity is a great one for kids. After all, it gets them off the screen for many hours as they use their imagination to interact with the world around them….even if it is with creepy crawlers.
Show your kids this blog and this website then let them loose in your garden or yard. I bet you will see them create something wonderful!