Creative Kids: DIY Bug Hotel

Welcome back to Creative Kids!  Today I’m sharing a wonderful post from Sarah at Whimsical Mumblings.  If you have little ones who love bugs and getting messy in the garden, they’ll really enjoy this.

My little ones love digging in dirt, looking at bugs and collecting natural items. We often go on walks to collect sticks, leaves & flowers and go home to create nature collages! But this time we decided we were going to do something different with all the things we collect, and make a home for the bugs in our garden! Bugs need a place to live too!

bug hotel

We previously made a Bee Hotel for our stripey little friends, but what about the other creepy crawlies? As my little ones are still pretty little (and have a fairly low attention span!), we needed to make it easy & simple! It might not look too pretty, but it’s a great way to recycle and explore nature, as well as appreciating the little bugs in our garden.

You Will Need:

– An Empty Plastic Bottle

– Scissors

– Sticks, bark, pine cones, leaves, bamboo canes (anything from your local environment you think will work!)

– Twine

We decided to make a large & a mini version.

1. Cut off the ends of the plastic bottle to create a cylinder shape. If you want to make a couple of smaller bug hotels you could cut the cylinder in half, but we decided to make one big one.

2. Look through all the materials you have and arrange them into your bottle. Add any natural items you can find, but make sure they are items you have found in your environment to make sure you attract local bugs (as opposed to tourists! Haha)

3. Make sure you pack it all in tightly to ensure it doesn’t fall out.

bug hotel 2

4. If you want to hang up your bug hotel, you can wrap twine around it. We just popped ours in a little hidden spot by the fence, and the mini one behind a bush.

bug hotel 3

bug hotel 4

5. Wait for the bugs to pop by for a visit!

What do you think? Will you be making a Bug Hotel with your little ones?

Blogger Bio

I’m Sarah! I am a wife & a mama to two little monkeys. I love to share inspirational & motivational content, and encourage us all to express ourselves and get creative.  My little ones and I love to spend our days getting outdoors and enjoying the unpredictable british weather, or indoors getting creative!

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2 comments on “Creative Kids: DIY Bug Hotel

  1. Really Loved it! It’s a very cool and a unique idea for building a small hotel with lots of stems and other kinds of stuff in it. It’s a great activity for kids. They are looking so nice. Thank you for sharing. Looking forward to another of your blog.

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