Catch a Critter
Choose an insect that fascinates your child, suggests Connie Zakowski, author of The Insect Book: A Basic Guide to the Collection and Care of Common Insects for Young Children (Rainbow). Ladybugs, grasshoppers, and fireflies make kid-friendly specimens. Using an insect net, help your child capture the bug, and place it in a plastic jar along with a small twig and a few fresh leaves. Cover the jar, but make sure to punch several tiny holes in the lid for air. Kids can spritz the lid with water each day, supply new leaves, and clean the jar every three days. Some insects, like ladybugs or butterflies, are tough to feed, so it's best to release them after a day.