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July 26, 2014

Encouraging Wildlife In Nature

Recently, my daughter had the opportunity to make her own ‘Bug Hotel’. This is a great activity, that encourages animals and wildlife to live in your garden. A Bug Hotel can attract a variety of insects and other creatures, and help to develop the bio-diversity of your garden.

All the materials needed were very basic. They included a piece of pipe, some dried out leaves, twigs and sticks etc, (all of which can be found in any garden or hedge), and some old newspaper. Beetles, centipedes, spiders and woodlice all love to live in the decaying wood and bark.


My daughter filled the pipe with the natural materials and newspaper, then bound it all together. It was such a quick and simple activity, and was suitable for all ages. The younger children were getting encouragement from parents, and the older children were really focusing on the design of their hotel.


Once completed, the hotel needed to be placed into a dark and cool area of our garden. We decided to place it by the corner of the shed near to the trampoline, as it would offer much-needed shade, and is away from the ‘traffic’ of the garden.


We have to leave the hotel for a few weeks, and then we can investigate and look to see if any tiny animals or insects have “checked-in” to stay.

This was a wonderfully engaging activity, and something we can return to and monitor throughout the summer holidays. My daughter intends to make keep a scrapbook about her hotel, to share with her class when she returns to school.

We’ll keep you posted, so watch this space !!


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20 thoughts on “Encouraging Wildlife In Nature

  1. I hope you made sure she sorted her prices for First Class and for single accommodation Kim. I think she’ll have the time of her life with this and won’t be a shrieking violet the first time a spider walks across her path in the bathroom as an adult.
    xxx Hugs Galore xxx

    1. kim says:

      Hi David,
      What a great activity, we had a blast making the Bug Hotels. I will be sending her in first to check out all the creepy crawlies that may be living in the hotel!
      Take care,

  2. Karen Bell says:

    What fab simple idea for making a bug hotel. Such a good way to logo at nature, it looks great.
    Thanks for linking #Letkidsbekids

    1. kim says:

      Hi, it was such a simple activity but so good. My daughter is very excited now its in the garden and can’t wait to inspect what might go into the hotel.

  3. Kim Carberry says:

    Ohh that looks like a lot of fun and very interesting!

    1. kim says:

      A great idea, so quick and simple. Lovely to have it in our garden and my daughter is very excited to see what might come and live in her hotel.

  4. What a great activity, my boys would love this – they have just watched caterpillars turn into butterflies and they have an ant farm šŸ™‚

    1. kim says:

      Hi, it was such a simple idea and my daughter loved making her hotel. We love ant farms I could sit and watch them moving around all day. Thank you for looking in!

  5. My son is scared of bugs. This could be a good way to nicely introduce him to bugs.

    1. kim says:

      Hi, it was such a good idea and be great for younger children to start thinking about wildlife and where they live.

  6. Kierna says:

    What a great way to spend some time, hope you get lots of check-ins at the hotel!

    1. kim says:

      Hi, it’ll be great throughout the summer as we can keep checking the hotel and see what wildlife may be living in there.

  7. How great – please keep us posted on what checks in. The scrapbook is also a great idea to share with the class in the new term too. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

    1. kim says:

      Hi, my daughter is so excited to see what might come and live in the hotel. Be a great wildlife diary for the summer.

  8. What a lovely way to learn about nature. It is so lovely she is so excited about it too x

    1. kim says:

      So great for children, and something that we will keep looking at throughout the summer #countrykids

  9. There is a big bug hotel in the park here where we always visit to see the visitors. They do indeed are full now! When they started that hotel its so empty. Your daughter will love this activity! #coutnrykids

    1. kim says:

      Hi, it wa such a lovely activity and she is so excited to see what might come and live in there. #countrykids

  10. Great fun. I’m looking forward to finding out what she finds in it šŸ™‚

    1. kim says:

      Hi, its going to be lovely throughout the summer checking to see what might be living in the hotel. A great activity for introducing wildlife to children.

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