While talking to many of you about our National and State Park explorations, you asked about the things I’m using with our kids at the park during the explorations. I children in preschool, as well as mid and upper elementary. The following recommendations are based on those age groups.
I love the idea of kid’s role playing, but these vest have been great for so much more than role playing. My kids literally carry everything in these (mini first aid kit, field notes, pencil, snack, and field tools, and more). We’ve also started to wear our National and State Park badges as well other patches and pins from places we’ve visited. They wear them proudly!
If you have older children, this vest is another good option and has youth sizes:
For adults who want to join in the fun, the vest above is great or my favorite one so far… this vest here! It’s well made and has more pockets than you can image! Great choice for both men and women. Who know fishing vest were so versatile! Moms, the pockets are so great for carrying everything from hand-sanitizer, band-aids, and even a your favorite granola bar!
These field tools by Backyard Safari has been a nice starter set of field tools for children. They clip well to the vest and they kids like using them to do a little digging and when exploring rocks and other interesting finds. They are not top grade field tools but a good place to start with kids. Simply fun!
The Carson MicroBrite 20x-40x LED Lighted Pocket Microscope for Learning, Education and Exploring is another one of our favorite tools. Honestly, I was surprised at it’s small size when it first came and wasn’t sure it would be that helpful, but it’s been great to take on our adventures and take a loot at some of our bug, rock, and leaf findings up close. They’re always awaiting their turn with it. It’s a great addition to the exploration tools while small and light enough to not be a bother.
One of the most important things on our adventures are a simple notebook and pencil. They use them to take notes, jot down questions and answers, as well as draw sketches. These fun ones were made by my hubby and have cool petroglyph designs. They can be personalized with kid’s names. We love their size and that he makes them with blank, lined, or graph paper (dot grid coming soon). But at the end of the day, any small notebook they fit into their pockets will do just fine.
As you can see below, our son’s favorite is his explorer pith hat. He likes to use it even indoors when we go to places like the Science Center! Other favorites are the Backyard Safari Hat below. We are all about having fun, playing the part, and learning while we’re doing it! You can “Click Here” or the pics below to check them out. By the way, these make great Christmas or Birthday gifts as well as great “Back to School” gifts! That’s how we’ve bought all of ours and they’ve always been a big hit.
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