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Create an Interest in Life Science with These Fake Bug Toys

Toy Insects on Wooden Background

While not everyone likes bugs, some kids are absolutely fascinated by them. Help encourage an interest in STEM education and the world around them by giving them fake bug toys for playtime. Fake bug sets can spur kids to learn more about the ecosystem around them — and maybe even get over their fear of six- and eight-legged creatures.

These fake bugs are rated for children as young as 3 years old and each one measures 4 to 6 inches long. The insects are very detailed to mimic real-life ones.

The Melissa & Doug fake bugs are made from sturdy plastic to take any kind of punishment that rough-and-tumble toddlers can throw at them.

It’s important to note that the fake bugs you receive may be different from what’s depicted on the product page since the brand promises to send a random assortment that could include spiders, centipedes and ladybugs.

This fake bug pick promises that you won’t get duplicates in the set. And the insects are highly detailed to mimic their real counterparts. They’re also great for party favors.

This realistic set of fake bugs also comes with a snake, making it a great option if you’re trying to create a truly creepy Halloween-themed decor in your home or classroom.

Expert Commentary

Teaching kids about bugs can help them develop a life-long passion for biology, ecology and other scientific areas of study. Plus, it can also help them get over their fear of creepy crawlies. Not only that, they’ll learn about the vital roles of insects in our ecosystem and perhaps gain a deeper appreciation for the little critters. Get bug toys so your kids can learn through play.

Our Expert Consultant

Melissa Spurling

Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.


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