Saturday, June 28, 2014

Go on a Bug Safari in your Backyard

We were hanging out on the deck in our backyard the other night when this amazing dragonfly flew by us and landed on the side fence.  The first thing that normally comes to mind when you think of "bugs" is pests like ants and termites, but these creatures can also be very majestic and intriguing.  If you are looking for something to keep your kids amused this summer that might also be a little bit educating in addition to entertaining consider sending them on a Bug Safari.  Take a trip to a local park or nature trail, or even just search around your own yard, looking for bugs.  Have a competition who can find the most variety of insects during your bug safari to help inspire your kids to get in the mood.  Encourage your explorers while on safari to take take notes and pictures of the insects they come across to document the their finding for the contest and to encourage them to learn more about the bugs they've found.

ORKIN has created a new video series called "Bug Wisdom" meant to be a reminder that some of life's biggest lessons come from small places.  Instead of just thinking of bugs as pests that you need ORKIN to come out and eliminate for you consider bugs as smart, curious creatures that we humans can learn a lot from their ways.  For example, you may be afraid of a honey bee's sting but without these insects our world's food supply would be in a lot of trouble...and unfortunately over the last few years honey bee populations have been in mysterious decline.  Insects are a great way to explore a variety of educational lessons with children including topics like ecosystems and food chains.  A Bug Safari can be an interesting and fun way to approach some of these topics with kids!

Click through the "Bug Wisdom" videos above and than take the SPIRIT BUG Quiz.  This quiz will compare your traits with those of the bugs featured in ORKIN's "Bug Wisdom" featurette to identify which bug you most like.Use this "Bug Wisdom" featurette and the Spirit Bug Quiz to inspire your kids to go on a Bug Safari.

To help A GEEK DADDY Blog's readers go on their own bug safari, ORKIN is providing one lucky person with their very own ORKIN BACKYARD EXPLORERS KIT.  The Explorer's Kit includes:

+ 9 page activity bug book;
+ ORKIN Bugview Bug Catching Tool & Magnifier
+ Red/Black Summer Wayfarer Sunglasses

UPDATE (7/3/2014):  Congratulations to Nancy F. from Michigan who won the ORKIN Explorers Kit.

One winner will be chosen from all eligible entries.  For a chance to win do the following:

ENTRY #1:  Follow @Geeky_Dad on twitter and tweet what your Spirit Bug is including the hashtag #BugWisdom & @Geeky_Dad in your message.

ENTRY #2:  Email thegeekdaddy [at] yahoo [dot] com with your Spirit Bug and your mailing address with subject line ORKIN BACKYARD EXPLORERS

You must be a US resident to enter over the age of 18.  I will select a random winner on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 ( I winner will be selected from a random draw of all eligible entries).  For a chance to win submit your entries before Tuesday, July 1 at 11:59pm EST.  You can enter by email or will get 2 entries if you do both.

A Geek Daddy Blog will be responsible for selecting the winner of this contest, but ORKIN LLC is responsible for fulfillment and delivery of the prize.  By participating in this contest you waive any liability towards A Geek Daddy Blog or its publisher that may arise from your involvement with this promotion. A Geek Daddy Blog hosted this contest and blog post based upon ORKIN LLC providing a BACKYARD EXPLORERS KIT to the selected winner. Each household is only eligible to win an ORKIN BACKYARD EXPLORERS KIT via blog reviews and giveaways once.  Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway.  If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Prize will be delivered by UPS or FedEx so no P.O. Boxes are allowed as mailing addresses.

For more information about the insects in our world check out ORKIN's resources on Facebook and its website.

DISCLAIMER:  In addition to awarding a prize pack to the winner of this contest, ORKIN LLC also provided A GEEK DADDY Blog with a prize pack as part of the blog's participation in this promotion.

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