So just what is an insect hotel? Not only is it a fun science project for kids, it’s also beneficial to your garden! Insect hotels provide a place for insects to hibernate and are a way to encourage insect pollination in your yard. They also can attract helpful insects who will naturally prey upon pests and therefore keep your garden pesticide free.
Help kids really see insects for the miniature marvels they represent and to understand how intertwined our cultures have become with these alien creatures.
Learn why not all bugs are bad. In fact, many help by destroying destructive bugs and plants.
Most kids aren’t afraid of nature. In our experience, elementary school kids (especially the younger grades) still have a fascination with entomology and are still curious and excited by ‘bugs’. Later in life, it seems that many kids will follow one of several paths: (a) disinterest, (b) disgust, or (c) delight.
Kids already know a lot but they like an expert to verify their findings and support their interests. In our experience, kids can get especially excited about insects because they see them all the time.