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Simple Bug Hotel for Kids

| June 26, 2013 | 27 Comments

Simple Bug Hotel

Both my kids adore digging around in the garden and exploring – finding ants and beetles and worms and bugs. So I knew it wouldn’t be long before we HAD to make a simple Bug Hotel with them. Our bug hotel is probably as simple and as easy as it gets – there are many prettier and cleverer bug hotels out there, but sometimes, you just have to make do with what you have and also make it easy for the kids to join in. So we made ours with “local materials” and avoided any drilling or cutting tools. Perfect garden crafts for young children! We actually made this with Pip Squeak (3yrs), Red Ted (5yrs) AND the neighbour’s boy who is 8years. Loved that the different age groups enjoyed working on this together.

Bug hotel materials

Materials: A large plastic bottle cut into two cylinders, sticks, pine cones, bark

We also had some broken plant pots but forgot all about them. Other bug hotels include other materials such as corn and drilled pieces of wood – to provide different nooks and crannies. I love the one from Garden Therapy. Have a look for inspiration. But in essence, I would say: “think natural”, “think nooks and crannies”, “think what will last” (e.g. paper could go soggy and leaves will go brittle and break/ disintegrate). It is great to use things from YOUR local environment, as you are looking to attract bugs and beetles and insects from the same local environment.

I love this information page from the BBC available for download and that we found on the Metro, giving you an idea what different creatures may or may not like!:

bug hotel information

simple bug hotel for kids

1) We cut our bottle down to shape (may I add, that I actually drank 2 litres of fizzy water, especially for this task as we accidentally threw out our last bottle in the recycling?? Argh!)

2) Check what materials you have and arrange by size and texture – we snapped our twigs to make them a little smaller. Had larger and bigger ones. Arranged pinecones.

bug hotel for kids to make

3) If you plan to hang your bug hotel, loop some garden twine round and then start layering your bug hotel. We did one hotel for on the ground and one for hanging from a tree to see if would attract different creatures.

4) Stuff it to make it nice and firm, so it doesn’t get blown about!

Easy Bug Hotel for Kids to makeAnd done!!

Each week, I would like to feature a craft from a friendly blogger linking up the week before. Today I share these LOVEL Wool Vases, from Frog Goose and Bear!

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  1. Thank you for hosting the party! I’m pinning the bug hotel for the day when my son changes his mind about bugs. :-)

  2. anna m says:

    wow.. I am a bit too squeamish about bugs but it does look a really cool idea!

  3. I love this Maggy :-) and you made it seem so easy!

  4. Hannah says:

    Thanks for hosting!

  5. This is very cool! I think I know a boy who would love to make one of these.

  6. Katie says:

    We made our bug hotel a couple of years ago now and it’s still in use. Just poke some more leaves and things in there as a top up. Kids love it!

  7. SusieQTpies says:

    Wow what an awesome idea!! I love your adaptation! Susie

  8. jackie says:

    Those wool vases look so easy and sweet! And I love your bug hotel, Maggy! Pinning both posts. :)

  9. My kids would love this. I’ll have to make sure my son doesn’t see the BBC bug hotel photo otherwise he’ll want an enormous hotel too.

  10. kewkew says:

    My girls love digging for bugs. We recently finished our Insect unit and our Butterfly unit, but they are still loving to go outside and find bugs. I think they will love this idea.
    Thanks for sharing such a cute project once again. And thanks for the linky.
    I linked up my O is for Octopus/Ocean post.

  11. My children will love this. They are bug mad! I love bug hotels. So much incredible discovery. Truly they are going to love it. And I really like how you recycled an old bottle. That BBC one is pretty awesome. Imagine the creepies that would move into that!!

  12. Sophie says:

    Thank you so much for this idea! I take a gardening club for children and on Saturday we will be making mini bug hotels thanks to you :) (it’s hard to think up ideas every month!!)

  13. Gill Mather says:

    Think i’m gonna have a go at making one of these myself, i’ve always got a water bottle hanging around the house.

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