Working with Tenderhearts is so much fun. I love the hands on approach to learning that can be included in badge work.
Requirement number 4 of the Insect-a Inspect-a merit badge has the girls view an insect collection. These are often available at major universities or museums. If you do not have one available to you, how about a virtual field trip? Continue reading
I am helping our Patriot squad complete Nature & Wildlife this fall. Requirement #21 requires the girls to research endangered species specific to your area, and identify why it is classified as endangered. Continue reading
So I have created my first gift and had to wait to be able to share it with you. This cross was made for my mother-in-law for her birthday. I have to say, I’m proud how it turned out. It now hangs in her kitchen window.
Who knew you could use those little glass stones you find at the dollar store to create such beautiful suncatchers?
As a homeschool family, we have undertaken many interesting projects. We have mummified a chicken (thank you Story of the World), dissected frogs, and raised butterflies. Continue reading
State symbols embody who we are. Currently 48 of the 50 states have officially designated a state insect, with a hand full having selected more than one.
If you live in Iowa or Michigan, now is the time to select your state insect? Insect-a Inspect-a requirement #14 allows you to do just that.
If you live in one of the remaining 48 states, now is the time to learn about your state insect and why it was selected. The Smithsonian website has a list for you to begin your research (here).
If you live in Texas, like I do, I was able to find a copy of the house bill that established the monarch butterfly as our state insect (here). I have to admit, it was a pretty interesting read. The girls in my troop thought it was funny to count how many times the word “whereas” was used.
If you are looking to complete this badge, check out these other resources:
NOTE: The requirements have been simplified here. Please be sure to read the full text in the American Heritage Girl Handbook to make sure you fully understand the requirements.
Considering a career in entomology? Wanting to complete the Insect-a Inspect-a merit badge? Or does the thought of working with insects every day bug you? Continue reading