You’re also going to need to get over your aversion to creepy crawlies. Bigger, looser nets (the kind big-box stores sell), work well for frogs and toads. Check out some library books and learn to identify what you catch. More fine-mesh nets work well for minnows and tadpoles — you can get these nets cheap in the fishing section of your sporting-goods store. For little kids, who tend to embrace animal capture like tiny Teddy Roosevelts, this is a chance to talk and read about metamorphosis. For older kids, it’s a chance to discuss anatomy and anatomical changes. To go after fireflies or salamanders, use large, fine-mesh aquarium nets. Identify what you find (there’s a lot to do there, from learning to use an index to practicing alphabetical order on up) and let it go.
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