The first one we pulled out was my Giant Cootie! The pieces are large enough that I don't have to worry about my 2.5 yr old choking.
We explained a little bit of insect anatomy as we built our bugs (the competition part of the game still is a bit above J's level).
- A head
- A thorax (middle section)
- An abdomen (the rear section)
- Six legs
- Two antennae
Other things to discuss:
- Where do insects come from?
- What purposes do insects serve?
- What are helpful insects?
- What are harmful insects?
- What do insects eat?
- What eats insects?
- How do insects protect themselves? - We discussed this one as a grasshopper hopped a ride on our car home from church two weeks ago. It was a giant grasshopper that resembled a leaf! (Sorry, I don't have a picture).
Other things to try:
- Collect a bug from outside and study it. Point out the features you just discussed and release it back into the "wild".
- Visit a museum with a bug collection on display to see a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and kinds of bugs.
**I don't think MB currently sells Giant Cootie (mine has a copyright of 1986 on the box), but they sure do have regular Cootie (which we also have an updated version from John's family). I did some internet research over the weekend and they were half off at many toy shops (prob due to Black Friday sales), but they typically run ~$10 non-sale.