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Scouting for Insects with Kids

Most kids love learning about creepy crawlies, so teaching those that are old enough to scout for insects can be a fun summer activity.

Put together a kit that includes a small hand lens, a glass jar, and an insect field guide. Wander around the yard with the kids, encouraging them to check all parts of the plants, including the undersides of the leaves.

Use the jar to capture the insects you find. That way the kids will have time to inspect and identify them before they crawl or fly away. Talk about the differences between harmful and beneficial insects, and explain safe ways to dispose of insect pests.

By teaching kids to scout for insects, you'll nurture future gardeners and have the added benefit of free pest control in your garden!

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