What do bugs love? learning about entomology and isopods

Hey Science Family!

They don’t leave slime, they don’t bite, they roll around and have dainty little legs. Who am I talking about? Pillbugs of course!

Today we’re going to learn a little about our friendly little leaf-eating friends, and build them a super sweet viewing chamber so we can see how they act when we change their conditions.

Observation is one of the pillars of science, and who better to observe than cute little pillbugs! We can also observe what happens when we change the conditions of those viewing chambers and starting to hypothesize (guess) why things might be different.

Parent Takeaway – This is a great activity for building hypotheses, so encourage your kiddos to guess away and adjust their pillbug’s environments accordingly.

Wednesday: What bugs love (Entomology)

Activity: Learn about what spaces pillbugs like to live

Build a bug viewing center as we create rooms to allow us to test what conditions pillbugs love.


  • Old Amazon box, or an empty cereal box
  • Tape or glue
  • Thin cardboard (like a cereal box) for walls
  • Paper towels
  • Pill bugs (or another easy to source local bug – we have gazillions of pillbugs in WA)
  • Observation printout