Saturday, June 26, 2010

Summer Science: Our Insect Display

We have been enjoying our Summer Science projects with Apologia Young Explorer Series - Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day.

This week, the girls had a few surprise guests attend their summer science project: their two cousins!   They were to prepare their collection of dead insects for display so they could be studied.  Many of our dead insects were dry, hard, and difficult to manipulate for studying.  So we had to fix this issue with a relaxer, which puts moisture back into dry insects so they will be more flexible.

You will need:
  1. A wide-mouth jar
  2. Clean sand
  3. Liquid disinfectant
  4. Cardboard
  5. Water
  6. Measuring cup
  7. Scissors
First pour the sand in the bottom of the jar.  Then add the disinfectant (to prevent mold) and water mixture. 

Next the sand should be topped with a piece of cardboard to fit tightly in the jar. 

Place an insect or two in the jar, close the lid, and let it stand for a few days.
Check back soon for the display results!


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