We just got a box from Backyard Safari Outfitters. I knew this story had my sons’ names on it. We unpacked the contents and let nature take it’s course. Here’s the tale that unfolded:
Once upon a time there was a little bug. The little bug tried to hide from little boys, but the boys were curious and picked that bug right up off the sidewalk.
The older Boy loved to explore and find bugs like this one. Nothing delighted him more. He also liked to spy birds in the sky and fish underwater with his periscope, but what interested him the most were the cicadas humming and grasshoppers hopping and ants carrying crumbs across the driveway.
The Boys dug in the earth for their buggy friends. They found worms and grubs wiggling there and named each and every one. They even got the neighborhood girls to dig with him. They all would need a bath by day’s end.
By the afternoon, the boys and their friends turned to technology in their bug collecting exploits. A bug vacuum made it easier to collect creepier crawlier samples. A tool vest with a perfect pocket for binoculars came in handy as well. Once captured they knew just what to do: put the bugs in a handy bug habitat, decorated with flower petals and twigs and rocks as if for bug royalty.
At the end of the day the Boy set his bugs free, took his bath, and curled up in bed, with his lantern beside him to light the night. Snug as a Bug.
Disclosure: Backyard Safari Outfitters supplied us with a spyscope, a modular bug habitat and a a safari vest for this story. All bugs and dirty fingernails from digging from them, are quite native to our habitat. Technically you don’t need this equipment to dig in the dirt and play with the bugs but it sure makes it more fun.