Sometimes I worry about how often my kids are sitting in the car. Especially my younger son – he gets dragged to a lot of his big brother’s activities and often has to ride along when I’m driving the carpool or running errands.
We love to play word and number games in the car, but sometimes we want to spice it up a bit. This One Week Slug Bug Challenge is lots of fun, and educational too!
1. Print out a Slug Bug Activity Sheet from The Trip Clip Website
2. Make a Prediction
Have each family member who is going to participate make a prediction about which color will be seen the most often, and which will be seen the least often. Write down all the predictions on the back of the page so no one can cheat!
3. Keep it Handy
Keep a hard writing surface and pen or pencil in the car, along with your Slug Bug Activity Sheet. A small clipboard works great:
4. Record Data
For one week, watch for slug bugs on the road as you run errands, drive the carpool, go to school, etc. Each time you see a slug bug, fill in another box to record the sighting.
5. Check the Results
At the end of the week, look at the data to find out which color slug bug is the most common, and which is the least common. See which family members guessed correctly!
6. Make it Global
For added fun, ask a friend in another part of the country to do the same thing, and then compare notes. Are the same colors popular in different parts of the country?
Not only will your whole family have fun watching for slug bugs, your kids will learn:
- How to make predictions and record data for an experiment. SCIENCE!
- Simple graphing skills: MATH!
- Geographical differences: SOCIAL STUDIES!
If you have fun with this, or have any added suggestions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me about it!