So, why do I say it's super easy bug pinning? Well, because I followed none of the rules of pinning bugs officially which is a bit time intensive. If you want to do it correctly then all the information you need is at http://extension.entm.purdue.edu. A helpful webpage about bugs for kids is over at Scholastic. If you just want to have some neat looking bugs that are able to be viewed for your kids - then this is an easy way of keeping visual record of what they've collected. Granted you can't enter them into a Science Fair or State Fair 4h -but it's easy, fast and it works just fine for home purposes.
nature journal as we caught them. I wasn't interested in spending money on special pins or boards either. So, I decided to do it the super easy and unofficial way! Here is what you need:
- Shadow box (got mine at the dollar store)
- Foam board (thin - also got at the dollar store)
- Pins (any sort will work - I used sewing pins)
- Exacto knife
- Dap 08641 Clear Silicone Sealant 10.1-Ounce
- Bugs (you should have previously soaked them in rubbing alcohol and dried them so they won't stink)
- Book or internet to figure out what they are if you don't know
- Pencil to write names (or you could make labels if you want to be fancier)
It was fun and easy peasy! If you just want a visual collection of all those bugs your child has brought to you and wanted to "keep", then this is the super easy, fast way to go!