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How to Make a Nature Explorer Kit

Published on June 28, 2015

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Bugs. Dirt. Leaves. Rocks. Shells. 

Get your kids outside exploring nature with their own nature kit. They're sure to find amazing treasures that they'll be excited to share with you. 

You can easily make this popular do-it-yourself nature kit with things around the house.

Here's what you need:

  • Clear containers or jars for small insects and spiders
  • Several small plastic bags for collecting plants, fungus, rocks
  • String
  • Magnifying glass
  • Sewing tape measure
  • "Suck-a-bug" (or Pooter) jar to make collecting small bugs easier (learn how to make a Pooter jar from our friends at Bugs Ed)
  • Field or tracking guide (birds, trees, plants, insects, mushrooms)

Now send them out to explore nature and see what they'll bring back (other than a huge smile) from their adventures.

What else would you add to the nature kit?

Love the nature kit? You can find more fun nature play ideas from Evergreen in our Teacher's Corner resources.