These bug spotter sticks have proved to be a big hit! I made a set for Minnie last year & she's loved using them to mark where she's found bugs, track their movements & count the number of different bugs she's discovered in one area of the garden.
Before we decided which bugs to add to our sticks, we took a trip around our garden to make a list of all the bugs we could find. We made a list of the most common bugs in our backyard & then headed off to the computer to collect images of them from the Internet. Minnie did a great job of recognising the insects & soon we had a collection of 9 different minibeasts.
We cropped the images so they were all the same size & printed off on sheets of card. (We chose to print off 4 of each image.)
I printed the insect names on a sheet of paper, cut out & stuck to the back of the bugs.
To prevent the images from ripping I laminated them (6 to a laminating pouch) & then cut them out.
For our sticks we used wooden kebab skewers & attached to the back of the images using sellotape (we used a couple of strips of tape to make sure each stick was held in place).
Our Bug Spotter Sticks were ready for bug hunt!