Beating the fear of bugs

Beating the fear of bugs

This week the weather here has been fabulous. I’ve been inspired to clear out some of the borders in the garden, which were thick with brambles, and I’ve planted some little flowers I hope will brighten the place up. There’s still lots to do in the garden, including getting rid of the weeds from between the gaps in the paving slabs, but it’s a much nicer area already.

However, keeping James entertained while I’ve been working on the yard has been a challenge. At first he wanted to help dig, but I wasn’t digging yet, just clearing brambles, so he couldn’t really join in. My arms are shredded to pieces, and I didn’t fancy that for James.

So I set him away with a pool of warm water in the old baby bath.

baby bath in the garden

there’s not really space to lie in the bath!


watering the plants

please remember I haven’t finished clearing the garden yet!

I managed to clear all the brambles away while he was occupied in the bath, and he was really happy watering the plants.


a bug landed on his leg, and wouldn’t come off easily.  James panicked and we had to go inside for a real bath so he definitely didn’t have any bugs on him.

The next few bedtimes were tricky, and every time he dozed off, he’d wake himself up again.  Eventually he asked for a particular story, with the line “don’t worry, nothing will nibble your feet”, and I realised the insects had got to him more than I’d thought.

A few days later I tried again, because I still (obviously) had work to do in the garden. Thanks to Emily from Artventurers for this idea; I raided the cupboards and found flour on the very top shelf, right at the back, that went out of date in November 2010! So I poured it into the baby bath and gave James some baking equipment.  He happily made cakes for more than two hours! If you try this one yourself, if you mix it with cocoa powder, the colour created is very convincing sand.

 We got two days out of the flour-sand, and two happy days they were too.

Then I mentioned to a friend that he wasn’t coping very well with the bugs, and she told me that her daughter had been cured of the bug fear by giving her a spray bottle to squirt the bugs.

Fantastic! I had just the bottle for this job, and filled it up with water.

James really enjoyed spraying bugs, real or imagined, and then wiping them away. He has told anyone who’ll listen about this , and last night he slept much better and fell asleep more easily.

Hopefully that’s done the trick!
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall 

Mami 2 Five

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  1. April 24, 2015 / 3:02 pm

    What a great idea – bless him though. My Jack is exactly the same with ants. Sometimes we get the odd one in our living room that gets in when the door is open and he screams in fear 🙁

    • April 24, 2015 / 3:03 pm

      You need a spray bottle Sam! X

  2. April 25, 2015 / 7:58 am

    Great idea. Kids love to feel proactive and giving them something to do takes away that helpless feeling. Love the photos of the flour play. I did that with my eldest and he loved it.

    • April 25, 2015 / 8:07 am

      It’s a great idea, and I hope that it’s effective in the long term!

  3. April 25, 2015 / 10:36 am

    It looks like James had plenty of fun playing in the garden whilst you sorted out the flowerbeds. It’s a shame he got scared by the bugs, hopefully the water spray will help him to not be so nervous anymore. I love the idea of using flour and cocoa powder to make cheap sand, using things you always have in the cupboard makes creating fun play environments to much easier. Thanks for linking up with CountryKids.

  4. April 26, 2015 / 7:28 am

    Looks like he’s had loads of fun. I love the better weather so we can get out in the garden.
    The spray bottle idea is fab. I bet he loves having a special job to do that takes his mind off the scary insects

    • April 26, 2015 / 7:49 am

      He does, he was chattering away while he was wiping the bugs away after spraying.

  5. April 26, 2015 / 7:44 am

    Oh poor James – bugs are very annoying and as adults we don’t really like them landing on us (I panicked when a baby wasp landed on my hand yesterday!). I’m glad that it seems to have sorted the issue out though and that he’s sleeping better 🙂 #sundaystars

    • April 26, 2015 / 7:48 am

      You’re right, I don’t like flying ants in the slightest, I get a bit panicky around them, but I think the spray bottle has given James some control over them. Well, for now!

  6. April 26, 2015 / 8:08 am

    That old bath tub is a great idea! I am so happy that you got to make his fear go away! My son is scared of lights for some reason and we are still working on how to erase that fear off of him. #countrykids

  7. May 7, 2015 / 9:50 pm

    I’m loving the recycling of the old bath and a very handy trick with the spray bottle! Thanks for linking up with #SundayStars

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