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Activity: Insect Condominiums
Build and maintain a home specifically suited to an insect pet.
Learn ecologically based concepts such as niche, habitat and survival requirements of insects and to reinforce the importance of observation in the scientific method of problem solving.
- Insects, either something you caught or something you purchased at a pet store
- Pens or pencils
- Various sizes and shapes of plastic containers (suggestions include 2-liter bottles, juice containers, ice cream buckets, etc.)
- Clear packing tape
- Netting (pantyhose, tulle, screen, cheesecloth)
- Permanent markers
- Other odds and ends such as beads, buttons and craft items for decorating
- Go outside and catch some insects, or buy crickets, mealybugs or other insects at a pet store.
- Think about what things all houses have in common and why these items and rooms are included in most homes.
- Create homes for your insects using recyclable materials. Use one container or attach several together. You will need to figure out a way to open and close the container without losing the insect. You will also have to figure out how to water and feed each insect. You can decorate the houses with markers or by gluing craft items onto them if you wish.
- Look for and collect the necessary materials for the insect to live in its condo — grass, leaves, soil, water, other live animals, bedding materials, etc.
Eventually, you should let your insect(s) go back outside.
- How did your insect condo relate to the insect’s natural habitat?
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