Bug Hotel

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In this activity, learners will create a home for animal friends in their backyard using recycled materials. Some material suggestions include: pine straw and twigs. Bug hotels help increase the biodiversity of gardens and yards by giving a variety of insects a place to naturally visit. This activity includes step by step instructions as well as graphics to help give learner ideas for their unique designs.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Natural Materials (Leaves, Twigs, Bark,Etc.)
  • Cardboard
  • Toilet Paper/ Paper Towel Tube
  • Empty Box (Cereal, Shoe, Etc.)


  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Life and Science at Home


  • , Museum of Life and Science, 2021