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National Geographic Bug Habitat


Encourage curiosity and scientific exploration in your child with this Bug Habitat Kit

Skill Development:
Ease of Use:
Age: 4+ years

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Explore the fascinating world of bugs and insects with the National Geographic Bug Habitat Kit, a delightful and educational experience for your child. Recommended by Dr Gummer’s Good Play Guide, this kit equips kids with the tools to easily capture and observe a variety of bugs.

Key Features:

  • Bug-catching made simple with included bug catcher, net, and tweezers.
  • Create a natural environment for bugs by adding dirt, sticks, and rocks to the habitat base.
  • The habitat’s lid features two magnifiers, allowing kids to examine bugs up close from different angles.
  • Engage in a hands-on learning experience with the detailed Learning Guide, filled with facts about bugs, insects, and spiders.

What our testers said

“I can see so much with the magnifying glass. See, I can follow it when it moves” – Boy aged 6

“Use the tweezers to put the ant in and see if the spider eats it.” – Boy aged 9

What our expert thinks

Our testers were enthusiastic and determined when using the Bug Habitat kit. They enjoyed all of the components and felt accomplished when they used the bug catcher, net, and tweezers successfully to obtain the creatures, set-up the habitat, and deliver food to their current “bug”. They often expressed feeling like a real “bug scientist” and repeat use was frequent for all testers adventuring to catch a creature and study it further. They sought out to hunt for them outdoors and indoors – exploring their basement and attic spaces was particularly delightful to avid bug catchers.

The entire kit is well made and they could use the “bubble” bug catcher tongs and net outdoors to their heart’s content. In addition to learning about insects, spiders, and centipedes, as well as their natural environment, the younger children benefited from working with the accessories to help develop fine motor skills for tool use and visual information processing. All testers (children 4-to-11-years old) benefited from caring and organizing their materials, the creatures, and from using the learning guide. Non-readers and early readers did need someone to read with them and it was a fun family play-learning activity. Playing with the Bug Habitat with family and friends supports honing and developing executive functioning, fine motor skills, visual information processing, and building vocabulary as it relates to bugs and habitats. 

Skills developed

– Supports fine motor skills

– Encourages executive functioning skills

– Develops vocabulary (as it relates to insects and habitats)