My daughter and I have very different reactions when we see bugs. I see a bug and immediately get a napkin to squish it. My daughter, on the other hand, wants to capture it, name it, and keep it. The Nat Geo WILD Anteater Bug Vac will let your child be the entomologist within without ‘bugging’ you. To top it off, it’s so cute!
Being winter, we haven’t had too many bugs inside or outside the house to try this with. The suction is fairly weak so it won’t really suck anything aside from small, light things. When I spotted a spider on the wall the other day, I was about to rid us of it but my daughter said, “No, wait!” She then came running out with the Anteater Bug Vac.
It quickly and easily sucked up the spider, who was unharmed except for some pressure problems I’m guessing. The spider went right into the anteater’s removable ‘belly’ chamber. This chamber also has a magnifying glass on the lid so your child can study it closely without poking and pulling at the defenseless insect. Finally, you can used the hinged side of the lid to carefully release the temporary captive.
Later, I went outside to gently release the spider gently. Apparently it got a little too comfortable in the container and actually made some web inside. So, I had to shake the container and tap it a little (read ‘whack it like crazy’) to coerce him to go free.
This is a great toy for any child that loves little creeping things. They get to catch and watch bugs, the bugs are not harmed and later freed, and you don’t have the little critters running wild through the house. The trigger is located near the tail you only need to press it lightly. Also, make sure you have four AA batteries on hand as these are needed to run the vac but are not included in the package.
Come spring, this little guy (the plastic anteater, not the spider) will likely be accompanying us on many trips outdoors. Does this sound like something your little one(s) might like?