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.
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?
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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!
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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