Making a bug hotel has been on my list of things to do with the kids for ages so with the start of the summer holidays and my Other Half being around, we decided to give it a go.
It was dead easy to make and didn’t cost us a penny.
What you need:-
– Wood (we used some random pieces of wood my father in law had lying around although if you had an existing piece of old furniture, like a small bookcase, that would work just as well)
– Nails if making your own.
– Hay, soil, sticks, moss, plant pots etc for filling your bug hotel. A good way to obtain the necessary materials is a trip to your local woods.
Firstly, clear the area. This is obviously a very important part of the process.
Then, get hammering. Although our hotel probably isn’t the most sturdy around, simply being a hammer and nail job meant it was really simple to do and the kids could get involved.
Pose proudly next to your completed structure.
Get filling. A bit like Christmas tree decorating…I allowed the kids to go wild and then came back an hour or so later and rearranged so it was more organised.
Voila! One completed bug hotel.
So far we have had a snail, a spider and a cricket come to visit. Although the cricket seemed more interested in landing in Eli’s hair than actually being a guest at the hotel. Go figure…