Pests and Beneficial Insects in the School Garden

Play the Game! Friend or Foe friend-or-foe-garden-pests

HOW THE GAME WORKS

Teams compete to achieve the most correct identifications of of “Friend” or “Foe” in the garden. The game teaches us if a creature is mostly “good” or “bad”.

More good bugs will survive to help our gardens and the environment if we can identify them properly.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Two sets of images of both pests and beneficial insects.
  • Two sets of two brown bags (4 bags total). Each team gets a “Friend” bag and a “Foe” bag.

PLAY THE GAME

Create two teams. Set a timer for two minutes or longer if you have lots of images. Explain to the teams that they will have two minutes to place the images in the correct bags, “Friend” or “Foe”. Say “GO” and when time runs out, check the bags. Place all incorrect entries in a pile for each team. The team with the least amount of wrong choices wins!

Explain why the creature is mostly “good” or “bad”.