March 27, 2014

Ok I must be honest and say I think this is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time. We came across it on spoonful and if you want to get up close and discover the finer details of insects then this bug-a-boo is for you.

What you will need:

  1. A juice bottle with a lid.
  2. Some things to make an ecosystem inside the bottle. For example leaves, dirt, pine cones, flowers.
  3. A breathable fabric like a stocking or some plastic mesh.
  4. Masking tape.


  1. Collect your ecosystem from the bush in Watagan Park or along the banks at Dora Creek.
  2. In the side of the bottle, cut a hole big enough to get some good oxygen inside the bottle. (mum or dad might need to help out with this bit).
  3. Through this hole, place all the bits of nature you have collected that will make up your ecosystem, inside the bottle.
  4. Cut a piece of mesh slightly larger than the hole you just made.
  5. Once you have everything you want inside the bottle, it’s time to seal the deal!
  6. Place your cut mesh on a flat surface. Put masking tape around all 4 edges preparing it to be stuck over the hole.
  7. Stick your mesh over the hole.
  8. You now have a perfect bug catcher!

Now you can search for lizards, cicadas, crickets or any other creature you want to inspect. After you have had a good look at your little creature you need to ensure that you return them to the garden you found them in. Remember we love nature and everything in it, even the little guys.

Click here to download the activity sheet.

Click here to discover more about living outside the box at Watagan Park

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