Besides trying not to sound like a motor boat with those alliterated Bs, we're learning about insects and entomology (in other words, that all bugs are insects, but not all insects are bugs).
Yesterday morning as I was digging through the internet for field trip inspiration, I stumbled upon the Museum of Entomology at UC Davis.
As we spent the rest of the morning waking up, we watched Reading Rainbow : Bugs while Aidyn snacked on a PB&J butterfly sandwich (cut sandwich in half diagonally, turn corners to face each other and supply a string cheese body. Extra points if you split the top of the cheese for the antennae)
Finding the Museum of Entomology was a pursuit in itself. Eventually we found trail of ants that led the way. Seriously.
Upon entering the museum, I felt more like we were encroaching upon researchers in a lab carefully analyzing exoskeletons. The for-visitor stuff was tiny compared to the aisles upon aisles of catalogues, examination areas, and forbidden staff-only sections.
But that's what made it pretty neat. I felt like we stepped in a real lab.
Afterward, a kind and willing student showed us the live insects and spiders. We spied a tarantula and a bird-eating spider (that really does feast on birds) before checking out the walking sticks, crickets, grasshoppers, and termites. We watched a thorny walking stick crawl up this guy's arm as he talked about camouflage and exoskeletons.
Once we got home (and I recovered from the drive), we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
Not to let my kitchen get away with being halfway clean, we painted our feet and made the bottom wings and rinsed ourselves (comedically) in the kitchen sink.
Overall, it was a crafty, field trippy, buggy day!