On our walks to school lately the girls have been spotting roly-polies, lots of them! After the third day of collecting them and releasing them my first grader asked if we could make a home for them and learn more about them. Well of course we can! Over the next few days we made a roly-poly habitat and learn more about these little bugs!
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As we got started making our roly-poly habitat, I remembered seeing a great activity about creating a terrarium in the new book A Little Bit of Dirt: 55+ Science and Art Activities to Reconnect Children with Nature. It’s full of educational but easy-t0-do activities to try with kids. In it we found out more about roly-polies and what they’d need, and while the girls were at school I created a printable observation sheet to go along with our activity.
- Container that allows for circulation
- Natural materials that are good for decomposers like dirt, dead leaves, rotting wood, and moss
- Printable planning and recording sheet
After school my first grader read the activity guide in A Little Bit of Dirt and then used the free printable observation sheet I made to gather the materials for her roly-poly habitat. After building her habitat we did a little extra research to learn more about roly-polies.
Facts About Roly-Polies
- Roly-polies are also called isopods, wood lice, pill bugs, or potato bugs. (A Little Bit of Dirt)
- Roly-polies are not actually bugs. Like shrimp, lobster, and crabs they are crustaceans. (Northcoast Environmental Center)
- Roly-polies live about 2 years. (Pest World for Kids)
- Roly-polies are most active at night. (Pest World for Kids)
This is such a simple way to build on a child’s natural curiosity. Use our free printable at home or in the classroom to encourage kids to look closely at the world around them and learn about things they encounter regularly.
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