Dead or alive!
by Noreen Doll.
Make an easy bug scoop with a cardboard tube.
Anyone who has spent much time around kids is aware that there are some who really, really don’t want to handle bugs. (There are even a few adults like that.)
I recently came up with an idea for picking up a bug – dead or alive – without actually having to touch it.
All you need is a cardboard tube, from paper towels, plastic wrap, toilet paper, or even wrapping paper.
For the super squeamish, longer is better. Here is a good size for the faint of heart.
All you have to do is to flatten one end
and fold it up a half inch or so. If you have a long tube you can fold up an inch or two of the end.
Now you can scoop up a live insect and return it to the outdoors, or scoop up a dead bug and drop it into the garbage.
It might even be fun for kids to use and help them get over their squeamishness. They could color it, glue stickers on it, and just have fun creating their own bug scoop.
A crafter could enjoy covering the outside of the tube with designer paper and even embellishing it if desired. Here is a patriotic bug scoop.
The end is folded under for decorative purposes.
See our brave volunteer demonstrate how a bug scoop is used.
No bugs were harmed in the creation of this scoop.
Mega Bug Scoop for the big hairy tarantula.