The Power of Parenting

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Pop Bottle Bug Catcher

Exploring the wonderful world of insects will inspire your preschooler’s curiosity and provide a great opportunity to make discoveries about how insects live. Bug catching is a fun way to spend some Comfort, Play & Teach™ exploring nature together!


You will need:
  • A small plastic soft drink bottle
  • Scissors (for adult use only)
  • A margarine lid



  • Cut the bottle in half, keeping the end that has a lid.
  • Find a margarine lid big enough to cover the open end of the pop bottle.
  • Go in the back yard, or to a nearby park to look for interesting insects such as beetles, caterpillars, or grasshoppers. Talk to your child about insects that sting and be careful to avoid collecting those.
  • Encourage your child to gently scoop up the insect that she finds and cover the end of the bottle with the lid. After your child has looked at the insect for a moment, and had a chance to talk about it, remember to release it.


Enjoy this more with Comfort, Play & Teach™:

Comfort:Learning to be gentle with insects will encourage your child to care for the needs of other living things. Knowing you are there will help to increase his comfort level with any unusual insects he finds.

Play:Make a game of looking for particular kinds of insects. Can your child find an insect that flies? Can he find one that is green? Can he find one with lots of legs?

Teach:As your child explores insects he will demonstrate what he knows about concepts like colours and numbers. Ask, “What colours do you see on the ladybug?” or “How many legs does the ant have?”