Sunday, July 10, 2011

* Homemade Backyard Nature Explorer Kit!

We made this awesome
Nature Explorer Set
for a great friend to play with two summers ago.

We got him a Terracycle recycled wrapper backpack
and filled it with lots of home-made goodies:

We made him a personalized backyard field guide
with pictures and information
about local birds, butterflies, and leaves
in a simple three ring binder.

A nature journal to record his observations, outings, leaf rubbings, etc.

Two recycled plastic jars
(with small holes in the lids)
for collecting and observing bugs and critters
(I heard from his mom he caught and released fireflies in the big jar!)

A home-made
leaf and flower press

Make your own with
layers of newsprint and cardboard
fastened with rubber bands!

A small "collection" box for fossils (see below)
(original purpose - bead sorter from the craft store)

We also included two of our favorite Toys R' Us finds:
a set of Discovery Store Bug Marbles
and a Discovery Store Fossil Collection.

And finally...
one of my favorite re-purposed
frozen mini-quiche trays
for sorting rock collections, etc.

Why don't you
make a homemade nature explorer set
for your own little Backyard Science Explorer this week?

This post is part of the Smart Summer Challenge.
find out more about the Smart Summer Challenge

Go visit our other hostesses,
My friend Amy, over at
We're posting fun ideas all week
to explore Back Yard Science Week with your own kids!

Please come back and join us Friday, July 15th
 for our weekly Smart Summer Linky,
share YOUR own Smart Summer Challenge ideas and posts
with other parents and teachers.
You'll be entered for a chance to win a $150 Gift Card from Rosie Hippo

 Here's what's on my (our) wish list at Rosie Hippo:

Wooden Animals - Forest Creatures Set (sigh...)

Discover Crochet Kit (for "E" but also kind of for me too!)

Scarf Knitting Kit (in Blue, for E who learned how to knit last week!)

Lyra Watercolour Set

Sleepy Princess Game

 My First Dollhouse

At Rosie Hippo, you will find beautifully handcrafted wooden toys, toys made from organic fabrics, toys from individuals, companies, villages and cooperatives around the world, and books and games that stimulate creativity and independent thought. We offer toys that will evoke a sense of fun, curiosity and wonder for that special little one in your life. And all of our toys are produced under conditions that are fair to workers and kind to our environment.  Kim Bloom runs Rosie Hippo, inspired by her successful battle with cancer, her son Ethan's delightful curiosity, and her interest in child development. Read more of her ideas on her blog

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