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DAY 1

Kingdom of Bugs

Incredible Insects

Spiders, centipedes, and ants are all creepy, crawly creatures, but only one is an insect. (Wait, what?) Can you guess which one? Today at Camp Kinda, you'll learn the common characteristics that all insects share—and some of the craziest things that make them an incredibly diverse group of creatures. By the end of the day, you will have discovered bizarre bugs from around the world and even created one of your own.

what you’ll need

  • A computer, tablet, or mobile phone and access to the internet
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • A pencil (with an eraser!) and markers
  • A ruler
  • Glue

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FOR PARENTS

Ask About Today

What do all insects have in common? What are some interesting insects you learned about today?

Dinner Discussion

If you could be an insect for a day, which one would you want to be? Why?

Skip the Ads

Unfortunately, online videos often start with short advertisements. Remind your campers to click the "Skip" button as soon as they can to move ahead to the video.

explore

30-60 minutes

Fun fact: While all insects are "bugs," not all "bugs" are insects. Huh? Put your entomology hat on and get cracking.

01

It's a Bug's World

Scientists think there are over 10,000,000 different species of insects on our planet, and they can be found everywhere, including Antarctica. (Those are some hardy insects.) But what makes an insect an insect?

WATCH

Remember: Online videos often start with advertisements. (Annoying, we agree!) Click the "Skip" button as soon as you can to move ahead to the video.

02

Incredible Insects

Now dive into this longer documentary from National Geographic, all about the life and times of insects.

03

Quiz Yourself

Think this crash course on bugs was enough to help you pass a bug anatomy quiz? Give it a try.

For younger explorers

Entomologist in Training

Find out why Kaylin wants to be an entomologist (that's a person who studies insects) when she grows up. After watching this video, maybe you'd want to be one, too!

For younger explorers

All About Insects

Learn this catchy song to become an expert on insects. (But be careful—singing it too loud might bug your family...get it?!)

create

15-45 minutes

Normally you probably don't want insects in your house. But today, they're just made of paper.

01

3D Insects

Get crafty and try your hand at these 3D insects made from paper. Which is your favorite? (We're partial to the ladybug over here.)

For younger explorers

Be an Insect Artist

Learn how to draw bugs! Grab a pencil and paper and take a look at this video, which will help you learn how to draw an ant, a snail, a bee, a lady bug, and a caterpillar. Once you finish your drawings, get out your crayons and add some color to each insect.

read

15-45 minutes

Read up on some of the more unusual ways insects come in handy.

01

Insect Evidence

When you think of insects' jobs, you probably think things like building nests and pollenating flowers. But did you know that insects play a major part in criminal investigations, too? Find out how these tiny creatures help us crack real-life cases.

02

Crazy Creatures

Many people just want to squish insects when they see them. But entomologists understand that we can learn important lessons from insects. Here are some of the most bizarre-looking insects from all around the world. Could you handle meeting one of these creatures in real life?

For younger explorers

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Read along with Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar

For younger explorers

Hank's Big Day

Next, read along with Hank's Big Day: The Story of a Bug by Evan Kuhlman.

play

30 minutes

Test your brain with these buggy games.

01

Pest Detective

Want to be a pest detective? You first have to understand the characteristics of insects in order to diagnose which one may have committed the "crime."

For younger explorers

Insect Memory

Test your insect memory with this game on National Geographic Kids.

For younger explorers

Make Your Own Memory Game

If you love the insect memory game, try making your own. Here's how:

1. Cut construction paper into 14 small squares.

2. Draw 7 different insects in pairs of two, using the skills you learned in today's CREATE activity.

3. Place your drawings face down and mix them up—then start finding the pairs!

move

30 minutes

Inhale, exhale...it's time for some insect relaxation.

01

Bug Yoga

From the water bug to the ladybug, go through each set of these yoga demonstrations with Miss Jeanne to channel your inner bug.

more to explore

15-30 minutes

Buzzzzzzing for more bugs? Explore some more!

01

Bizarre and Beautiful Bugs!

This slideshow of bizarre bugs will make you appreciate how beautiful and unique they can be. Check it out to learn about some really cool bugs you've probably never seen before.

02

Meet an Entomologist

Meet Peter, a real-life entomologist. Get a glimpse into the fascinating world of preserving insects and helping us understand their role on our planet.

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