When children notice the difference between insects they are able to sort and group them by attributes. There are many different ways that an object can be sorted or grouped. You might group them by:
- size – Are they big or small?
- function – Do they fly or crawl? Do they pollinate flowers or eat them?
- number – How many legs do they have?
- colour – Are they one colour or lots of colours?
- where they are found – Are they above the ground or below the ground?
Sorting objects, even insects and bugs, into smaller groups helps children to make decisions about how to interact with the objects. The grouping of the objects creates information and data. The information helps to tell us what to do and how to act.
“We only found insects that could fly. Snail bait will not attract flying insects.”