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A Boy and His Nature Bag- What’s in Our Nature Backpack?

Our son has the deepest love for nature. He appreciates every little piece of it that he sees, and wants to suck up any information he can about the Earth around him. Because of this, all on his own, he found one of his Father’s old backpacks and filled it with his nature gear, so he’s ready to throw it on his back and go on an adventure at any moment.

What's in Our Nature Backpack?

 

I decided to peek into it the other day to check out his bag of treasures, and here’s what I found…

What’s in Our Nature Backpack?

Some of the items listed are affiliate links, so I will make a small percentage if you choose to purchase from one of the links with no extra cost to you. However, we have tried and love all of the products and recommend them to anyone.

Containers to Collect Insects– we just recycle food containers. He used to like using mason jars the best, but glass + his idea of a wild adventure don’t always go well together.

Field Guides– We have several of this brand. These are AMAZING and I also used them as a child. We love the vivid photographs.

Our Nature Journals and Colored Pencils– He will normally use these after he’s been outside exploring. We’ll come inside and wind down by drawing pictures and writing the names of the things he discovered. We talk about the colors they were, the size, and any little details he can remember. This is one of my favorite parts.

Magnifying Glass– He has several of these, and he uses them mostly to check out insects while he is trying to identify them with his field guides.

Camera– We recently started working on creating a field guide of our own. He always wanted to keep the creatures he would find so instead we now take a picture, do a little research, and add it to his homemade field guide.

Tweezers– I’m assuming these would have many uses for  him.

Hiking Stick– We picked one up for him when we were on a vacation in the Smokey Mountains. He loves it because it’s just his size. There is a similar one here.

Children’s Binoculars– To investigate things that are far away, of course.

Bandaids– I added those to his bag. It seems like we need them quite often during our adventures, but it’s worth it!

Snacks– we always pack a little something in our handmade reusable snack bags to take along on our journey.

If you’re encouraging your children to become more interested in exploring nature, take along this free nature scavenger hunt printable on your next adventure!

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Oh, and if you’re wondering about the hat…

I picked it up at a German Festival a few years back, but he has adopted it as his own. He says it’s his “Trusty Nature Hat.”

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Nature Bingo Printable (FREE!)

It’s time for our monthly freebie! Since everyone loved our free nature scavenger hunt printable, we decided to make a nature bingo printable for free as well!

free nature bingo printable

This is something you can easily take along with you while going on a walk to the park, a nature hike, or you could even take it along on a camping trip. It gets the kids out there and digging around in the dirt and bushes, and who knows what they could discover!

We like to start off our bingo game by gathering little pebbles or flower petals to be our bingo markers. It just seems fitting to use pieces of nature to mark our nature bingo sheet.

This is a game that kids of all ages can easily enjoy. We hope that you love it just as much as we do, and don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter and get similar printables and posts sent directly to your email!

Download Your Free Nature Bingo Sheet!

Download your free printable here—> Nature Bingo Printable PDF

Have fun playing outdoors!

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Nature Scavenger Hunt Printable for Kids

Our kids LOVE doing nature scavenger hunts when we go on nature hikes, or even just while playing in the backyard. We always love coming up with things for them to find that really get their little minds going. We enjoy them so much, that we decided to make a free nature scavenger hunt printable for kids to share!

Nature Scavenger Hunt for Kids Free Printable Checklist

 

If your children are interested in learning about nature, check out our huge list of children’s nature books, or you could even do a simple nature activity  with the goodies you find from the scavenger hunt.

 

Nature Scavenger Hunt Printable

Download here—> Nature-Scavenger-Hunt-Printable

 

Nature Scavenger Hunt Printable

 

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20 Children’s Books about Nature

There are so many great nature books for children out there, and we have decided to share some of our favorites with you. This post does contain some affiliate links, however we do personally recommend these books and have many of them in our playroom now. Our son has recently shown a huge interest in nature, so nature books are something we have been reading daily in our home.
Nature books for children

We hope you enjoy this awesome list of quality children’s books about nature! If you have any personal favorites, we would love to hear about them in the comments!

Nature Books for Kids

Crinkleroot’s Guide to Knowing the Trees– Learn all about trees with Old Mr Crinkleroot. Learn about forest ecology and different types of trees while enjoying beautiful watercolor illustrations. Our kids have always loved Mr. Crinkleroot!

Diary of a Worm – This is a silly book about the life of a worm. It will make your kids (and probably you) laugh, while opening up questions and conversations about how worms are helpful to the earth and our soil.

Bugs Galore– Although this book is all about creepy crawlies, the illustrations are bright and colorful enough to grab the attention of just about anyone!

Tale of a Tadpole– This is such a great story about a little girl and her pet tadpole. With the turn of each page the tadpole slowly changes into a toad. The illustrations are beautifully painted with watercolor.

Nature Anatomy- The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World– Learn about nature anatomy in a new way with these amazing drawings.

Wildflowers Blooms and Blossoms– A field guide for children that is easy to follow and contains plenty of information about 29 common flowering plants.

Crinkleroot’s Guide to Walking in Wild Places– A great book for little nature explorers, Old Crinkleroot guides you through the forest while offering tips on how to dress, identify poisonous plants, and how to behave if you spot a wild animal.

First Nature Encyclopedia– An in-depth encyclopedia for children to learn about the natural world.

The Leaf Man– A fictional story about leaves and other pieces of nature blowing along as fall arrives. “Leaf Man” is actually illustrated with pictures of real fall leaves. This is a great story to read before doing this nature craft with your children.

A Stick is an Excellent Thing– A great book of poems celebrating outdoor play, with things that cost nothing.

Who Pooped in the Northwoods?– Come along with a family as they find different kinds of scat and discover who it came from!

Super Nature Encyclopedia– This is Mr 5’s personal favorite. A Smithsonian book filled with huge, up-close and high definition photographs of unique animals. This book is also full of unusual animal facts that will be sure to keep your child interested.

Monarch and Milkweed– Is a simple and beautifully illustrated, yet factual story of the life cycle of the monarch butterfly and it’s connection with the millkweed plant.

National Geographic- Everything Rocks and Minerals– This book takes on the style of a magazine. It is full of bright photographs of many different kinds of rocks and minerals. Tons of information are provided in the captions and fun facts.

Ultimate Bug Sticker Book– The title says it all. It’s an awesome  sticker book full of life-like bug stickers!

Fun with Nature– A great resource to keep around when hiking or exploring, and it also contains plenty of activities to keep your children entertained.

Tell me Tree– This book talks about the parts of trees, different kinds of trees, and also has instructions for making your very own tree identification guide. It is simply illustrated for younger children to enjoy, but also covers some more advanced topics such as photosynthesis.

A Seed is Sleepy–  Beautifully illustrated by well-known artists Dianna Aston and Sylvia Long, this book is a must-have for children of all ages. It is a great classroom resource as well as  a fun book to read. Learn fun facts about many different types of seeds.

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt– This book is all about the lovely things you can see growing in the garden, but you also get to learn about the worms, snails, and other crawlies that live under the garden too!

Swirl by Swirl– Learn all about swirl shapes in nature with this bright and colorfully illustrated book.

 

As we said earlier, we would love to hear about your personal favorites in the comments! We are always looking for great books to enjoy and I’m sure other readers are too.

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Simple Nature Activity for Kids

We loved doing this simple nature activity for kids.

Simple Nature Activity for Kids

Learning is so much fun when it doesn’t feel like learning, isn’t it? The other day, we took a walk around the neighborhood looking for interesting pieces of nature. Everything our children discovered we observed; What does it look like? What does it do? Color? Texture? We talked about how important that small seed is, etc.

After finishing our walk, our children dumped their bags of nature goodies on their outdoor table, and we grabbed some paper and glue. We put together an impromptu activity that kept them interested the entire morning! Our son created an entire story on his paper out of bark and seeds about taking a bike ride with his daddy through a forrest.

Simple Nature Activity for Kids

Something as simple as leaves, seeds, some glue and paper can be a wonderful learning experience for your child. Just remember to talk about things like texture, color, purpose, patterns, and size. And of course, listen to the stories and explanations that they have to tell! There is nothing better than to see their little minds turning with thought.

This nature activity seems so simple, and it really is. It’s the things you talk about as they hold each piece of nature that is important, along with giving them a chance to be creative with something that they can piece together and hold in their hands.

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