Kids like to learn about the natural world up close and personal, so a bug collecting kit is a terrific way to get them exploring the wildlife that exists all around them. Collecting kits are great because most include a small habitat to contain insects, care for them, and observe their behaviors. Some also include magnifying glasses to help young children see details they can’t see with their naked eye. Here are three other things that can make a kit one of your child’s favorite toys.

This kit includes numerous collecting tools like tweezers and containers. ESSENSON

Toys and tools that children use to explore the natural world around them can pay lifelong dividends. For children as young as three, a nature set that includes tools and utensils will help prevent them from getting bored by giving them lots of different ways to interact with nature. There are even bug-collecting kits with fake plastic bugs to help kids practice gentle collecting techniques. Match the product to the age of the child, and you’ll plant seeds of conservation awareness early on.

This product has zip-out panels to make it easy to feed bugs before releasing them into the wild. RESTCLOUD

One of the most amazing backyard nature events you can witness is the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly. For older kids, watching this up close and first-hand can be a fundamental experience. Look for butterfly and insect terrariums made with mesh panels for breathability, which will also allow a lot of sunlight in and clear vinyl windows for easy viewing.

This product includes a handy habitat that can hold water to keep fish and frogs. Nature Bound

The growing interest of STEM teachers in connecting students to nature has led to fascinating toys and tools for young scientists. When it comes to bugs, many kids might be squeamish about the actual collecting process. While butterfly nets and insect seines work well, items like bug vacuums can give kids a big confidence boost. Look for motorized devices that include lights and easy ways to transfer captured insects from the vacuums to a safe habitat for observation.