Observing Mini-Beasts with Bug Safari: A Review

There is something about bugs that hold our attention. Whether one is afraid of them or loves them crawling up one’s hand – we are fascinated.

Have you ever stopped to see a spider spinning a web? It is an experience that will definitely keep you spellbound. It is amazing how meticulously these little mini-beasts can spin these fine silken webs. Not that I have been able to do so recently – I am talking a long time ago – in a life when I didn’t have children!!

The children of course are fascinated and frightened of mini beasts. They are petrified of bees (and other flying insects in varying degrees) and if you are out and about in my area and hear children yelling ‘bee’  – they are probably mine.


When we were sent this Bug Safari from Interplay  to try out, I figured it would be a good way for the children to see how harmless these tiny creatures can be and overcome their fear.

The box contains:

  • Field lens
  • Bug tongs
  • Viewing Pot with magnifier lid
  • Brush
  • Tweezers
  • Instruction booklet


Unfortunately, since both Hubs and I have been really busy with work, we have been unable to get out to do some serious searching. We have been observing some of the tiny beasts around the home (no, I am not talking about the children – they aren’t tiny !!) 😉

Have you ever tried to catch a moth or a butterfly or for that matter any other mini beast? I tell you, these little creatures are fast! Anyway, we were successful at catching a little moth and close up, it is rather pretty.

The bug tongs are very handy for catching the insect and the viewing pot is ideal for observation. The field lens offer a magnified view of the bugs so you can look even more closely at the patterns on the wings etc.


The instruction booklet also has information on different insects and where they can be found. There is a box that you can tick once you have found one so it’s great for getting children to learn about habitat where bugs can be found.

Of course, you do need to be aware that some insects may sting so don’t try to collect a bee or a wasp.

I think this is a really lovely kit for those budding bug observers. It is perfect for observing these tiny creatures close up and also helps to show children that they are indeed quite harmless. A great kit for also getting the children out and about to search for bugs. It retails at £9.99 which is reasonable considering the hours of fun it provides.

Disclaimer: I was sent the bug Safari to review. All ideas and opinions are my own.

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