Kingdom of Bugs

There are about 7 billion people on Earth, but for every one human, there are 200 million insects. (We are seriously outnumbered.) That makes insects the dominant life-form on our planet. But not only do these creatures outnumber us, they also have incredible super powers—from being able to jump the length of a football field to camouflaging their bodies to protect them from their enemies. As small as they are, they can do some major damage to buildings, and play a key role in helping our planet survive. (Insects...can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em.)

This week, you’ll be the entomologist. You'll determine how these tiny creatures have survived for millions of years, and learn about some of the craziest stuff they can do. Are insects creepy, crawly, pains in your picnic basket…or just plain cool? You'll decide, this week, at Camp Kinda.

what you’ll need

  • Your Camp Kinda toolkit

  • A clear container with a lid you can poke holes in
  • A large jar
  • A piece of sponge
  • An empty soda can
  • Food scraps
  • An old egg carton
  • Small marshmallows
  • Toothpicks
  • Sidewalk chalk

Get ready—this week you'll also be collecting some dirt, twigs, leaves, and bugs from outside!

weekly family activity

We might not be able to communicate with insects in real life, but that hasn't stopped them from becoming some of our most beloved movie characters. In the animated film A Bug's Life, an inventive ant named Flik has to defend his colony from an army of grasshoppers. Enjoy the show together (bug-themed movie treats are optional). Before you watch, check out the Common Sense Media review to make sure it's a good fit for your family.

this week’s content builder:

Meg Everett

Meg Everett started her career as a public school teacher in Mississippi before relocating to New Orleans, where she taught with KIPP New Orleans Schools for six years. She is currently enrolled in a PhD program in Education at the University of California, Berkeley.

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