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One Day Without Electricity Turns Dindin into a Bug Detective

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Outdoor Activity for Kids

When you get a power interruption at home courtesy of our friendly neighborhood CENECO here in Bacolod, you gotta be creative enough to entertain your child outdoors in this city life.

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Dindin examines a plastic bug on the grass.

One Sunday afternoon, there was no electricity in most homes and establishments in our city because of electrical maintenance. It was very hot in the room so we decided to go outside in the living room. It was still really hot that it feels like an oven in the house. I am not exaggerating, we live on the third floor of a commercial building that is very near the ceiling and it has no insulation. There is a wall on one side so there is really no cross ventilation inside the house.

I really don’t know how to entertain Dindin and keep her busy at this time. So we went outside to the garden. First we watered the plants but I was told that the water might run out because there was no electricity to pump water to the tank. After watering a few plants, we stopped.

Playing Bug Detective

While we sat there, I remembered the bug set that I bought Dindin more than a year ago. The set contained six plastic bugs, a tweezer, and a magnifying glass. Telling Dindin to stay in the garden, I went inside to get it. Then, I placed the bugs all over the place and told Dindin to look for them. It was like a scavenger hunt, but with bugs.

She was so happy to find them all that we found ourselves doing the activity over and over again. haha I even put a cap on her for effect.

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A wider lawn would make this activity more interesting.

This is a great activity if you have a bigger yard and you have more plastic creatures that your kids can look for.

Group Game

You can also make this as a group game. You can have friends come over, let them wear sleuth costumes so they can pretend to be bug detectives!

Benefits of Dress Up Play

This is a fun and educational outdoor activity. It stimulates the body as well as the mind. You can make it into a competition, too. Who finds the most bugs win! Afterwards, you can also have a mini game of identifying the bugs that they got.

This may not be structured, but we do these things in order to prepare Dindin for homeschooling in Bacolod. All activities are geared towards that goal — learning all around us!

Just don’t forget to put on mosquito repellent (we use Human Nature Bug Oil).


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Sigrid is a work at home mom and Bacolod blogger who tries to juggle taking care of the kids, homeschooling in Bacolod, covering events, designing, writing, and blogging. After finishing her degree in Mass Communications from the University of St. La Salle, she went on to become a news reporter/writer for a local daily and eventually pursued a career in advertising as a copywriter and graphics designer. After her stint in the corporate world, she became a freelance writer, contributing to national and international publications covering a variety of topics. She was a contributing food writer to COOK Magazine before she became a food and mommy blogger. She blogs at:
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7 Comments

  1. Kelly R. says:

    What adorable photos. Thanks for sharing! Sometimes not having electricity can be a good thing.

  2. Debbie Langley says:

    Sounds like you turned your downer day into something positive. Glad you remembered you had the bug set. Looks like Dindin really enjoyed her day.

  3. Karen Che says:

    I’m in love with this post, what a great idea for an adventure in your own backyard.

  4. Rebecca Sinclair says:

    How fun! What a cute idea. My kids love to go bug hunting, but it would be fun to make an organized activity out of it!

  5. so cute and you can try to find real ones too ( and them to identify them with a book) at least for older ones

  6. She looks so cute in the photos! Now reminiscing my childhood years which were mostly spent outdoors.

  7. lisa lo says:

    Very nice! I should try this when I see my niece.

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