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 – the perfect Garden Craft for kids to get stuck into. 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.
Note: this simple bug hotel first published in June 2013 – but updated and republished for your benefit!
Simple Bug Hotel – Materials:
- A large plastic bottle cut into two cylinders,
- pine cones,
- anything else you can find – bamboo with it’s holes is great too!
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.
Simple Bug Hotel – Materials
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.
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!
Each week, I would like to feature a craft from a friendly blogger linking up the week before. Hope you like our garden activity for kids. It is a great way to get outside, rummage around, get closer to your immediate environment and make something fabulous with the kids. We do love a nice Garden Craft that kids can join in with!!
More Garden Crafts (for all ages) here: