When we were asked to review Ladybird World from Interplay, I jumped at the chance. We’ve previously reviewed Worm World and Butterfly World from the My Living World range (click on the links to see what we thought) which we loved so I knew to expect another fabulously educational kit.
The box contains everything – except the live animals – that you will need: a tank and lid, specimen tubes, a paintbrush, tweezers, field lens, a tube holder and an information guide.
As with the previous kits, it is endorsed by naturalist Nick Baker. The booklet included is so informative – not just how to set up your tank, but how to catch and look after your ladybirds, details of different types of ladybirds, information on their life-cycle and lots of other details. Everything your budding naturalist would need to know.
The tank was really easy to set up. But finding ladybirds in our garden, in September proved a little more difficult. But fear not! If you cannot find ladybirds in your local parks, there are places that you can buy them from as they are a gardener’s dream, eating all the aphids.
Once we had the aphid encrusted plant in the little tube and we finally found a few ladybirds, we added them to the tank. Munchkin was fascinated watching them pootle around for the weekend before releasing them back into the garden.
This is such a great kit and only a little adult supervision is needed. Once it is set up, there is very little maintenance too. You can have up to 10 of these beautiful little beetles at a time and will easily keep for several days (depending on food).
*DISCLAIMER: We were kindly sent this for the purpose of review, but all opinions are my own. Kits are available with a RRP of £9.99