How to Make Bug Barracks

Ages: 6-8, 9-12
Location: Outdoors
Skills: Physical, Art, Sciences

What you'll need:
Tape measure
Fine mesh screen
2 tuna cans (empty and washed)
Wire
White glue

Background:
As the days grow longer and we all spend more time outdoors, your child can learn about the many kinds of insects that live outside by building them a simple temporary home.

What to do:
1. Measure the circumference of a tuna can. Add one inch. Cut a rectangle of screen using this measurement for one side and five inches for the other.

2. Fold under 1/2'' of the screen along a 5" edge, as shown.

3. Cut a 12" length of wire.

4. Fold the screen to fit snugly in a tuna can. Lace the overlapped edges together with the wire. Knot the wire at the bottom edge.

5. Fit the screen into the tuna can and glue in place.

6. Loop the remaining wire over the top and attach it to the other side for a handle.

7. Use the other can for the other end of the bug barracks.

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