We were looking through the civic centre’s activity catalogue one day last week and found a whole page of interesting activities for 5-7 year olds. I called to ask for more information and was told we could rush down and join the group for the current week. I was so excited and so was Lily!
Who wouldn’t be excited about this:
Lots of buggy activities to keep your little one busy. We’ll search outdoors for beetles and butterflies, make critter crafts while learning about bugs.
I have to say that I was quickly underwhelmed. It’s not like I was expecting a real life 5 Orange Potatoes, but I was kinda thinking that the kids would be engaged in some sort of world of bugs and butterflies beyond having a rule that artwork has to be bug or butterfly themed.
The kids went outside only once the whole week and the closest they came to finding bugs was having ant holes pointed out. There was a collected spider in a plastic container that apparently died before the week was out. I don’t think it was fed and the container was thrown around and banged carelessly. Kinda sad really. Once a day the kids went down to the gym and would have the task of collecting handfuls of small bouncy balls tossed about.
I don’t regret sending her to the class, despite it ending up being just day care with a fancy theme name. Lily did have a really fun time meeting some other kids and the class did spark bug and butterfly fun at home. We started talking about what are good bugs for the garden and made pipe cleaner butterflies. We started noticing more bugs and looking in our BC Bug guidebook. We’ve been especially successful finding neat bugs in our compost which is crazy alive. I’ve never seen a compost more active with bugs. The beetles are an especially fun find. Their iridescence is varying and beautiful.
When we signed up for Bugs and Butterflies, we also signed up for a Sockeye and Fungi class early next month. Doesn’t that sound like the class could be great! We won’t cancel but I doubt we’ll be looking for more classes in the future.