One of our favorite outside activities to do is explore. We’ll often bring our science journals out and take nature walks making note of all of the amazing creations God has made.



And in the summer time, bugs are one of our favorites. Luckily we live by a lake, and so that means that we have quite a variety of bugs to investigate. And a rather large quantity of them as well, so they’re fairly easy to locate.

However being the cautious mom that I am, I don’t always want my kids picking up and inspecting bugs up close. Plus it’s just gross. And apparently also very interesting to younger members in this family!


So you can imagine how excited I was when Lakeshore Learning offered to send us this Real Bugs Discovery Kit! The bugs are safely encased in indestructible acrylic, so that kids can explore these little guys up close and personal! Without getting bitten or ending up with nasty guts all over the place.



That makes this mama happy! And honestly I was super excited to see how amazing the bugs included in this kit are. They’re actual real bug specimens that you can see from literally every angle.


The kit costs $24.99 and includes 12 insect specimens along with a magnifying glass, and an insect fact book which gives you details on each but featured in the kit.


If you have a bug lover in your home I think they’ll enjoy being able to check these guys out in detail. The specimens are super clear and easy to see. And you really can view all of the tiny little details on each insect.

All without getting too close to the insects if you know what I mean.


You can also discuss the parts of each insect, and learn all about their habitats, food, life span, etc. with the included fact book.


All in all, this was a hit in our home! And I’m not sure, but I think maybe the Teeny Tot has had one too many pictures taken of her over her lifetime because she seems to be getting really good at posing for my blog posts!



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Disclosure: I received this product free for review on my blog. The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced by the company or free product provided.


  1. Thank you for telling us about this! There are so many great Lakeshore learning resources out there sometimes I feel like I need everything! 🙂

  2. Wow! Fun product! I also love nearly everything at Lakeshore Learning… now if they could just market a tree that grows money so I could buy everything on their website 🙂 Thanks for this opportunity!

  3. I’m so glad I found your blog. I have this for my son but we can’t seem to find the booklet with the insect identification. Do you by any chance still have yours? Could you share a few pictures with me? I would really appreciate it.


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