Gift Guide for Insect Investigators


Insects provide us with the opportunity to learn about a variety of living creatures in the natural world. Appreciating the benefits that insects bring to our lives teaches children respect for all living things. Our insect guide, lessons, and fun recommendations shed new light on the wonderful world of bugs! Next time you are out and about, take some time to appreciate the the littlest critters amongst with the young scientists in your life.

  1. Ladybug Puppet
  2. The Big Book of Bugs by Yuval Zommer
  3. Montessori Ladybug Puzzle
  4. Bug Catcher (best invention ever)
  5. Bug Loupe
  6. The Alphabet of Bugs by Valerie Gates
  7. Plastic Backyard Bug Figures (hours of fun)
  8. Bee Puppet
  9. Insect Stickers
  10. Bugs by the Numbers by Sharon Werner
  11. Playful Learning Insect Guide
  12. Bug Bingo
  13. Bug Fandex


Playful Learning: Field Guides


With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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