We can create whole Pinterest boards dedicated to insect catchers. We can plan and schedule “nature time” and coordinate our movements to make it just so. We can purchase a perfectly beautiful, quite possibly perfectly expensive, and perhaps perfectly “too beautiful to play with” bug catcher. Or…
We can hand our child a sturdy glass jar, a rubber band and a small, cotton handkerchief* and let them loose in the wild. We can, with our humble offering and knowing smiles, nudge them out into the natural world and deep into the magic that is their innate wonder and imagination.
Let them explore*.
*a piece of muslin, a small square of fabric cut from unwearable clothing or even a paper serviette kept from a cafe visit works perfectly too. A hair tie or a scrap of string or wool can serve also serve as a fastener. Look about your home with the lens of “use what I have”.
* we always encourage exploration with gentleness, respect and kindness and make sure our insect friends are released back to their home shortly after our little time of curiosity.