Monday, 4 August 2014

How To Build A Bug Hotel


Making a bug hotel has been on my list of things to do with the kids for ages so with the start of the summer holidays and my Other Half being around, we decided to give it a go.

It was dead easy to make and didn't cost us a penny.  

What you need:-

- Wood (we used some random pieces of wood my father in law had lying around although if you had an existing piece of old furniture, like a small bookcase, that would work just as well)

- Nails if making your own.

- Hay, soil, sticks, moss, plant pots etc for filling your bug hotel.  A good way to obtain the necessary materials is a trip to your local woods.

Firstly, clear the area.  This is obviously a very important part of the process.


Then, get hammering.  Although our hotel probably isn't the most sturdy around, simply being a hammer and nail job meant it was really simple to do and the kids could get involved.



Pose proudly next to your completed structure.


Get filling.  A bit like Christmas tree decorating...I allowed the kids to go wild and then came back an hour or so later and rearranged so it was more organised.


Voila!  One completed bug hotel.


So far we have had a snail, a spider and a cricket come to visit.  Although the cricket seemed more interested in landing in Eli's hair than actually being a guest at the hotel.  Go figure...


I am linking this post up with Country Kids and Share With Me.

10 comments:

  1. What a great idea!

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  2. Awww such a cute idea!

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  3. What a great little activity to do over summer! Kids look so pleased with themselves :-) #sharewithme

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  4. Sarah MumofThree World6 August 2014 at 07:11

    It looks fantastic! What a great way to keep the kids entertained and learn about nature.

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  5. Caroline Hooper6 August 2014 at 11:17

    What a fantastic idea, they look like they had a lot of fun doing it too #sharewithme

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  6. This is such a great idea! One to try with my two when they are a bit bigger :-) #sharewithme

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  7. Let's Talk Mommy7 August 2014 at 20:49

    Ahhh I bet the kids had so much fun building this. It looks like it. What a great idea and so creative. Love all the happy fun filled photos. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

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  8. rebecca beesley9 August 2014 at 21:00

    Brilliant Bug Hotel! Popping over from #CountryKids

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  9. Coombe Mill (Fiona)10 August 2014 at 12:27

    A great bug hotel, half the fun was in the making too! Such a great activity for children to hone their fine and gross motor skills as well an invaluable learning experience about nature. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

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  10. Looks so much fun! I dont have space for a bug hotel but we have one that we usually visit in the park near us! #countrylids

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