Big Brother is learning all about minibeasts this term at nursery. He’s been having a great time discovering different bugs and their life cycles. His nursery is amazing and there have been lots of different activities to help him explore the subject.
Learning Resources offered us the chance to review some new products from their Science range called GeoSafari Jr. which include a fun Underwater Explorer Boat, Talking Bug Net, BugWatch and Bugnoculars – perfect for my little bug explorer! We chose the BugWatch and the Talking Bug Net and wanted to share our fun with you!
We were able to play with BugWatch straight away. The set contained tweezers, three different sized plastic pots for catching bugs and a double viewer so you can see bugs from above and below. The weather has been lovely recently so we’ve spent lots of time in our garden looking for bugs. The tweezers are great for developing fine motor skills and my son has been picking up small insects and placing them in the pots to keep them safe. When you are ready you can transfer your insect or flower to the magnifier to examine it.
We’ve also been trying out the Talking Bug Net which tells you 60 fascinating facts about 6 insects. You place an insect in the net and it automatically identifies the bug, provides facts about it and ask you questions! The 6 insects included are a Ladybird, Butterfly, Spider, Bee, Grasshopper and Flying Mantis. The insects are really chunky and quite detailed so my son has been enjoying the chance to play with them and look at them in more detail.
The Bug Net is simple to use (it does require 3 AAA batteries) with two sound levels and was quickly mastered by my 4 year old. He preferred the quiz mode but the fun facts are perfect for learning more about each insect. The voice reminds me of Dick van Dyke when he was playing Bert in Mary Poppins but it’s not an annoying voice at all!
The Big Watch Magnifier costs £17.94, the Talking Bug Net costs £29.94. Both are suitable for ages 4-8 and are great for learning at home and exploring the outdoor world. More information about the GeoSafari Jr. range from Learning Resources can be found on their website.