“Christmas is coming; the goose is getting fat! Please do put a penny in an old man’s hat. If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do…” Yes it is FINALLY that time of year again. Kids are smiling and counting down the days and hours until December 25th. They are getting all dreamy eyed while looking at toys and gifts. Their sub-conscious thoughts are wondering just exactly what will be under the Christmas tree. Will it be a bike? A new coat? Oh, how about a new snow sled or baby doll? Or maybe if you have a young entomologist on your list it’s something completely different.
A budding entomologist will have a very unique wish list this Christmas. It could include such things as:
- A magnifying glass- to see those itty bitty creatures up close and personal.
- An insect net.
- A clear bug ‘cage’ to store and observe captured bugs.
- A pair of tweezers to handle insects.
- A reference book on the world of insects.
- A ‘creature keeper’ to house insects for longer periods of time.
These are just the basics of entomology exploration and will help to encourage and build the interest of your young bug enthusiast. There is entomology promoting tee shirts that can be had that say wonderful slogans like “Entomologist by day, Superhero by night”. With internet shopping, there are very few things that you can’t get your hands on.
Pest World for Kids is another great resource, and although it can’t be wrapped up and put under the tree, it can provide your young entomologist with countless hours of education and entertainment. The web address is http://www.pestworldforkids.org/home/. This ad-free website by the National Pest Management Associate has many a page of fun and interesting facts and activities for children and is a great and trusted resource for teachers, home schoolers, and science fairs.
If you are fortunate enough to have an entomologist on your shopping list, don’t panic! Relax and have some fun with it. There are lots of wearables that have to do with bugs, insects, and entomology. There are also many collection supplies and study supplies – more than you could ever desire or need is available at the click of a mouse or touch of a button thanks to the internet and on-line shopping! Give your young entomologists visions of bugs dancing in their heads by encouraging their entomology interest with insect and bug themed gifts this year.