It is true that they are not furry and can’t be cuddled but we can learn a lot from our new friends. Stick insects are a great “pet” for Children’s House.
Around the age of 3, children’s sensitivity for sensorial exploration peaks. We already have a lot of activities in Children’s House that help children to develop their sensory discrimination and the observation of stick insects is another.
Observing stick insects requires children to be able to distinguish between colours – you could see this as an extension of the Colour Tablets activities. Our stick insects have brown bodies and green legs, and against a background of green leaves and brown twigs makes them difficult to see. On top of that, we have 6 in total, finding all of them is tricky!