It’s Day 3 of our 10 Days of Nature Study series for kids! I’m excited today to share with you nature study supplies! We are going to talk about the nature study supplies we have personally in our collection, and I’m going to share with you the supplies I’m planning to add to the collection in the near future!
Nature Study Supplies for Kids
Nature backpack or bag
We will actually have an entire post devoted to the nature backpack tomorrow, but I did want to mention it here. We personally use this bag.
Every naturalist needs a magnifying glass! Look for these at the Dollar Store, Walmart, or Amazon.
We purchased a set of kids’ binoculars for our son. They actually work really well and are perfect for seeing birds up close!
We have had a few different nets. I found one at the Dollar Tree, and we also use this mini net from a nature supply kit.
We use our big Melissa and Doug bug house all of the time. We have also used smaller bug containers from our nature supply kit. Bonus if the container includes a magnifying glass.
A compass is good to have on hand if you’re planning to be out, and it’s just wise to teach your child how to use a compass.
Most nature supply kits come with some sort of tweezers for picking up little insects.
My son also likes to have his gloves so he doesn’t have to touch anything with his bare hands.
This is another way to pick up bugs without actually touching them.
On my list of things to get is a flower press so we can collect and keep wildflowers we find!
Nature Journal Supplies
We will also have a post dedicated to just the nature journal, but I do think you’ll want to keep a journal of some kind on hand to record what you find!
If you’re going to do watercolor, you will likely want a notebook with thicker paper. Our current notebooks are just sketch books, but I plan to invest in these for next year.
I actually love these colored pencils. If you’re just getting started though, don’t think you need to buy the most expensive supplies. Get what you can afford!
Small covered jar of water