Endless Summer Entertainment


Amanda StoffelsBeing on the farm is one of the highlights in my life. We are so blessed to have the stretch of land where our cows roam at their leisure. While on the farm, my husband and I have a long to-do list that keeps us entertained, but the kids sometimes struggle to keep engaged. Now don't get me wrong, my kiddos have their share of jobs to do around the farm. From unloading and loading small supplies, picking up the barn, and being handy, helping errand runners, my children have plenty to keep them engaged. But there is something different about a job that includes childlike entertainment built into the task. Catching grasshoppers for the chickens is such a task.

Summer Grasshopper 

As the days get longer and the heat increases, so do the endless numbers of summer grasshoppers. Just walking a small jaunt across the cattle corral will send hundreds of green and yellow critters hopping, and, yes, flying about in every direction. A challenge as simple as, "I bet you can't catch a grasshopper," can keep the kids busy for hours. One of the challenges for grasshopper hunting is the container to keep them in. We have used empty water bottles, a cricket holder, and any other bowl or bottle that will keep them somewhat contained. The problem with these containers is that no true volume of grasshopper can be contained. They either don't have air holes or the opening is too big and escape is very easy for the critters.

The other day we discovered the best grasshopper holder ever, and all we had to do was recycle and re-purpose a Parmesan cheese container. The lid has two openings, which are very helpful. The side for shaking is perfect built in air holes and the side for spoon access is a great space to put in or take out grasshoppers with ease.

Built in air holes 

Great access to the grasshoppers 

7/13/2014 12:59:36 PM

Amanda, what a great way to keep the kids engaged and feed the chickens at the same time. The parmesan cheese container is an awesome way to contain grasshoppers for consumption. One year my sister and her husband were invaded by some kind of beetle and paid their two sons a penny a piece for each bug and after the count was verified they were flushed down the drain. They claimed it was a great way not only get rid of bugs but to train their little minds. Even after the pay period was over they continued to have competitions for years later of who could catch the most bugs. I think they were about 6 and 8 years old when the competition started. ***** Have a great summer entertainment day on the homestead.

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