Posted: 20/07/2014 at 20:19
A beekeeping neighbour of mine had hives which had a Perspex "viewing" panel. This was covered over by a wooden slide and his children were allowed (under parental supervision) to move the cover and be able to watch the bees going about their business. This both enthralled the children ( and me too ) whilst not disturbing the bees.
I suppose it is a similar idea to that used by many zoos these days.......to offer an insight into the life of Ants and others without causing disturbance.
Disturbing wild animals/birds is not to be recommended but there are ways around that to show the next generation how things work and why they should be considerate of nature in all it's forms.
Perhaps your local Wildlife Trust could give you some advice........and, of course, becoming members of any local society will only enhance your childrens experience and education.
I hope you manage to find an acceptable compromise