Unplugged Fun: Bug Hotels

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

The different "rooms" are to separate the wet and dry environments preferred by different types of bugs.

The different “rooms” are to separate the wet and dry environments preferred by different types of bugs.

Shady spots are nice so the bugs won't get overheated.

Shady spots are nice so the bugs won’t get overheated.

Some bugs also like sunny areas.

Some bugs also like sunny areas.

Bugs love rotting food! Yummy!

Bugs love rotting food! Yummy!

Rotting wood is another bug "delicacy".

Rotting wood is another bug “delicacy”.

Full shot of Kara's "Bug Hotel"

Full shot of Kara’s “Bug Hotel”

Pictures of Tristan’s Bug Hotel

Any good bug hotel should include rotting leaves

Any good bug hotel should include rotting leaves

Tristan added a dirt and rock room to attract bugs that live in the dirt.

Tristan added a dirt and rock room to attract bugs that live in the dirt.

Bug hotels should include sunny and shady spots to attract a variety of bugs.

Bug hotels should include sunny and shady spots to attract a variety of bugs.

Rotting wood and leaves are a "staple".

Rotting wood and leaves are a “staple”.

Tristan included a "leaf tower" with a walk-way. I love they way they used their imaginations!

Tristan included a “leaf tower” with a walk-way. I love they way they used their imaginations!

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!

Pura Vida!

About Noemi Gamel

Noemi Gamel is a physician who prefers writing diverse children's fantasy stories instead of medical charts. She is a geeky nomad, too.
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