Outdoor Adventure Kit

Outdoor Adventure Kit

Is it getting warmer in your neck of the woods? It is here and we are so eager to embark on the great outdoors! I thought it would be fun to share this outdoor adventure kit that we’ve enjoyed throughout the years. It’s helpful to keep it all packed and ready-to-go, so we can grab it on a moment’s notice. Having these simple tools handy, can change an ordinary day at the  park into an exciting scientific adventure!

  1. Field Bag – This light and nimble field bag has different compartments that are perfect for keeping supplies organized and easily accessible.
  2. Binoculars – Child sized binoculars are wonderful for discovering birds and nests in trees, and anything else that captures your attention along the way.
  3. Bird Call – This simple bird call is great for getting the attention of local birds. Don’t forget to bring bird food for your feathered friends!
  4. Magnifying Glass – A magnifying glass is definitely a must for those moments when you want to observe that Dandelion a bit more closely, identify the veins on a leaf, or inspect that newly discovered rock.
  5. Child-Friendly Field Guide – Choose a field guide that reflects your local area for learning about the native trees, flowers, birds, insects, etc. in your neighborhood.
  6. BugView Catcher – Best invention ever! I first discovered this bug catcher when I was teaching in the classroom and wanted to be able to gracefully handle the unexpected bug or spider. This bug catcher enables you to collect bugs without harm, observe them through the built in magnifier, and safely return them to their natural habitat. Every home and classroom needs one!
  7. Nature Journal – We love these small, blank notebooks for the spontaneous observational drawing or the impromptu haiku poem.
  8. Nature Fundana – These great Fundanas are available for multiple topics, contain great facts, and offer fun games-on-the-go.
  9. Colored Pencils – To add an inspiring dose of color to your nature journal!


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With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.



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