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4-H Science Toolkits - Exploring Entomology

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Introduces concepts around what an insect actually is, identifying body parts and their function, and the role of insects in the larger ecosystem. Other activities include the “Insect Olympics” where participants practice moving as an insect and can include live crickets for observation and study. This toolkit’s curriculum is a blend of activities from National 4-H “Teaming with Insects” (PDF) activities from New York Agriculture in the Classroom (PDF), and activities from Florida’s 4-H Bug Club (“Useful Colors,” “Sights and Sounds,” and “Insect Eye Exam”).

Included in this kit are:

  • 10 Insect Photos
  • Drawing Paper
  • 25 pencils
  • Colored markers
  • 3 Clear Tape
  • Box Rubber Bands
  • 1 Box Dryer Sheets
  • 1 pkg 6” Pipe ‘cleaners
  • 1 bag Dried Beans
  • 1 pack Construction Paper
  • 100 Drinking Straws
  • 4 sheets Red Plastic Filters
  • 2 rolls Masking Tape
  • 5 Tape Measures
  • 5 Stopwatches
  • 3 Plastic Cups
  • 8 Plastic containers for observations (with holes)
  • 1 box Paper Clips
  • 5 Small plastic combs
  • 2 Flashlights
  • Clear Plastic Cups
  • 2 Empty Water Bottles
  • Bag Cotton Balls
  • 5 Magnifying Glasses
  • 1 Bag Craft Feathers
  • 1 Bag Plastic Craft Beads
  • Colored Toothpicks / Colorful Dry Beans

Materials NOT Included in this kit are:

  • bottle caps
  • Sticks
  • grass blades
  • Leaves
  • modeling clay (optional)
  • small rocks
  • Bait (bread, fruit, lunch meat)
  • small board to cover traps
  • Posterboard
  • Stiff Cardboard for collecting insects
  • Crickets
  • potatoes or carrots for cricket food
  • ice cubes
  • Hole punch


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