Superstars and Circus Performers: A Bug Hunt For Your Kids (page 3)

— Parents' Choice Foundation
Updated on Apr 26, 2011

To enhance your bug hunting experience, don't miss these award-winning products: 

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
Ages: 2 - 6 yrs.
Author: Bob Barner  
Chronicle Books, $12.95 (Hard Cover)   

An engaging first look at bugs for young children, this cheerful volume has rhyming text and vivid, color-saturated collage illustrations that will more than satisfy preschoolers. For the 5- and 6-year-olds, there's a nifty Bug-0-Meter that charts the essential characteristics of eight common insects--butterfly to roly poly. 

Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Kids
Ages: 2 - 6 yrs.
Nelvana Limited, $14.95 (DVD)   

Miss Spider and all her buggy friends are staring in their very own movie! Based on David Kirk's best-selling children's books, this charming animated adventure is filled with music, laughter and lots of eight-legged fun! A Day With Bugs

A Day With Bugs
Ages: 3 - 8 yrs.
Warner Home Video, $9.93 (VHS)

The bugs are amazing, and the actors are adequate. Between the variety and the close-ups, the children will be rapt. 

Disney's A Bug's Life Read-Along
Ages: 3 & Up
Performed By: Various Artists  
Walt Disney Records, $6.98 (Cassette)

Kids love bugs, and Disney cleverly produced the ultimate celebration of the tiny creatures. As the film is destined to become a classic, why not tap into the magic with this carefully shortened version of the story? Kids will enjoy learning to read when the presentation is this irresistible. Tiny Tins: Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

Tiny Tins: Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
Ages: 5 & Up
Patch Products, Inc., $9.00

Players take turns drawing a card from the deck. As each bug card is drawn, players take and don the matching finger puppet. The object of the games is to have the most bugs, but NOT the stink bug on your fingers. 

How do Flies Walk Upside Down?
Ages: 7 - 9 yrs.
Author: Gilda Berger   Author: Melvin Berger   Illustrator: Jim Effler  
Scholastic Inc., $5.95 (Paperback)

Do insects fall in love? Do they have bones? And just how busy is a bee? The answers to more than 75 questions about insects are provided through understandable, age appropriate and accurate text. The question and answer format is complemented by very precise, full-color illustrations. 

Investigator Scout
Ages: 7 - 12 yrs.
Learning Resources, $15.95

A terrific first microscope for young children, the Investigator Scout lets them get up close and personal with a variety of indoor or outdoor hands-on activities. The safe and easy to manipulate kit includes a 7X magnifier lens, small plastic "curiosity boxes" that hold squirmy investigative subjects, instructions for creating slides, and a field journal for recording observations. Pocket Pals: Creepy Crawlies

Pocket Pals: Creepy Crawlies
Ages: 7 - 12 yrs.
Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., $6.95 (Paperback)

If you like bugs, you'll love this fun little box filled with a variety of informative and entertaining items. Included in the small box: one plastic bug, one bug bookmark and lots of bug stickers. Along with these goodies, you get a sheet to record and keep track of bugs you see and four different booklets about bugs. Secret World Puzzle- Backyard Bugs

Secret World Puzzle- Backyard Bugs
Ages: 8 & Up
University Games, $7.99

This 100-piece puzzle is crawling with fun! Put together the backyard scene and then go on a search for tiny bugs. Find them with the included magnifier! Bigger images of each of the hidden insects appear around the border, so you can keep track of your search and learn to identify them by name. It’s a fun early introduction to the insect kingdom.  

Ages: 9 - 13 yrs.
Author: Elaine Pascoe   Photographer: Dwight Kuhn  
Blackbirch Press, $18.95 (Hard Cover)   

This book's facts are staggering: for example: there are more than 40,000 different types of ground beetles across the globe and an adult ladybug can eat 5,000 aphids in its lifetime. Up-close, color photographs and in-depth text teach pre-adolescents everything and more about beetle facts, trivia and care and feeding. The experiments are not too complicated but are involved enough for serious young scientists and are an excellent reference for science fair projects.

Quantum Alphascope Microscope Quantum Alphascope Microscope
Ages: 10 & UpLearning Resources, $39.95

Entry-level scientists can view it all with this durable, easy-to-use microscope. Includes battery-operated lighting and a mirror for natural lighting, two interchangeable viewing stages, magnifications of 10x, 30x and 50x and color viewing filters. Activity Guide, two disposable slides, one Curiosity Box, one pair of tweezers, stir rod, and spatula also included.

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