Nature Kits for Kids

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Encourage a Child’s Interest in Nature with These Gift Kits

I loved exploring nature as a kid. Rocks, leaves, insects, birds… all these things fascinated me. Fortunately, my parents encouraged these interests and I hope you’ll do the same for a child in your life.

For a birthday gift, Christmas or just anytime, give them a nature kit. The interest that you spark may provide a lifetime hobby. The future of our planet depends on this, but also it is just fun for the child and expands their mind. There are a variety of nature kits available, so you can tailor your gift to a specific interest of the child such as rock collecting, observing insects or worms, growing things, or making crafts from nature. There are kits with all the needed equipment for the child to learn about these topics.

Give a Child a Worm Farm

My friend Graceonline told me, “I especially like the worm farm. In one of my job incarnations, I got to show folks how a worm compost bin works. The kids especially loved picking up the rich compost, with its wriggling worms. They were fascinated by them, and always curious how the “worm poop” smelled like the cleanest, best garden soil.”

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Teachers Love These

LisaAuch  – “I think we have had the most fun ever with these kits! The worm farm is amazing, I used it in the classroom when I was teaching about the environment and composting. Our worms were the best fed ever. And my daughter loved the flower pressing kit, which we still use even after a few years, and have many memories with these flowers. Great gift ideas for kids.”

Geodes to Break Apart

Break Your Own Geodes

Break Your Own Geodes

Any youngster will find these ordinary rocks amazing when they break them open to see the geodes inside. My mother used to lead 4-H groups on rock hunts around their state. Once you whet their interest with this kit, you can plan an outing to find more. Look up good locations for rock hunting online. Put into the search “where to find geodes in (your state name)” and let Google show you the options.

Plan your road trip with some breaks along the way and take plenty of water and lunch in your cooler. Everyone needs to wear comfortable shoes and clothing for clambering about looking for whatever kinds of rocks you’re hunting that day.

 Kids Experiment with Growing Plants Indoors

If the gift is for Christmas, you can still encourage an interest in plants and gardening with these indoor kits. Later, when it warms up outside, encourage the child by giving them a garden spot to grow plants. Give your child a different way of looking at plants. Try the root viewer which lets them see what normally is hidden below the ground.

Pick a Pretty Pansy to Preserve in the Flower Press

Photo by Virginia Allain

A Flower Press Kit Makes a Great Gift for Kids

 This gift encourages a child to spend time in the garden collecting blooms or to take nature walks and collect wildflowers. They can learn to identify the different flowers.

The kit comes with a craft element too, making the flowers into cards.

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Take a Nature Walk to Find Leaves to Identify and to Dry in the Flower Press

photo by Virginia Allain

 Insect Exploration Kits – Available from Amazon

“This was a gift for a 4-year-old. My daughter just raved about it. Every item it contained was very durable…..excellent quality. My grandson plays with it every day and he’s pretty rough on toys.” (customer review on Amazon)

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Using a kit like this gets your child or grandchild interested in nature. The next goal is to get them outdoors, away from the television and media addiction. Spending time with the child looking for interesting insects is a great way to do this. My youngest sister became so fascinated by insects that she developed an awesome collection which won awards at the county and state fair. Her activities relating to entomology included raising a butterflies, writing for an international youth newsletter on entomology, giving talks about the topic, and teaching other youth about them. She won a college scholarship and a trip to the national 4-H conference with her project work.

Shannon Martin with her insect collection.

Your gift of a nature kit means more than a few hours of fun for a child. It opens their eyes to the beauty and science of our natural environment and that has lifelong meaning to them.


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