What to do with your Adventure Pack . . . Your adventure pack is full of tools and kits to make the most of your homeschool experience. Each Unit Study contains it’s own list of ideas and hands on learning projects.
What to do with your Adventure Pack . . .
Below, you will find details about the tools and kits and ideas on how to use them to get your kids fired up and excited to learn. Whether you use our Adventure Packs, or the tools you have on hand, I hope these ideas will inspire you to enjoy hands on learning!
- Backpack – the backpack can be adjusted by tying the end pieces at the bottom connection to the preferred length. Use your backpack for nature walks and field trips and for everyday exploring. Carry binoculars, nature journals or sketch pads and pencils. Carry your magnifying glass, bug viewer and more on your adventures.
- Journal – sketch plants and animals. Personalize and decorate your journal pages with scrapbook & colored paper. Use paper clips to attach paper scraps, tickets, and other samples to the journal. Take a few minutes to sit and write a brief description about your surroundings. What do you see? What type of location are you in? What is the terrain? Which type of habitat? Draw, sketch, write. Ask questions to look up later.
- Sketchpad – we recommend using chalk pastels and sketching pencils to explore art. Create pictures to add to your nature journal, create other artwork of the animals and plants you see & learn about.
- Measuring tape – measure plants, leaf length & width, tree trunks and more. Compare the differences between the different sizes. Compare the numbers to wingspan & other details of animals you read about. Use your numbers for math practice.
- Passport – we stamp our passports for state and country studies. Add stickers to your passports.
- Binoculars – carry these with you on nature walks, picnics and other outings. Use them in the yard to watch bugs and birds. Enter the data you observe into our journals. You don’t have to know the name of every bird or bug you see. The important thing is to teach kids to describe what they see. Are the wings long? Is the body wide? Claws or paws? Color and much more. As they become more practiced, you will notice a major improvement in their ability to accurately describe what they see! You can help them along by asking open ended questions.
- Bug viewer – catch and release unless they are collecting dead bugs. We do both. Supervise young children closely. Allow them to sketch and describe the bug in detail. Photograph them if possible and add details to the journal. Teach them to collect scientific data! What do they think the bug uses parts of their body for? How does it live? What does it eat? Habitat?
- Magnifying glass – take a close up look at leaves, grass, bark, feathers, berries and more. Again, ask kids to describe in detail what they see. Jot it down in notes for the journal. Let them know, this is how scientists collect data. Close observation is a critical part of the process.
- Owl Pellet Kit – each kit has sticks, gloves, tweezers, bone ID chart and each pellet is full of an owl meal! Use the magnifying glass to discover what bones are there. Collect the data for your journal.
- Seashell Kit – the shells have been gathered from the beaches of southwest Florida. Use the shell ID chart to identify them. Study the beautiful details of God’s creation through the magnifying glass. Use them for counting and math. Draw them in the journal and art book. Play the shell memory game. Learn how to sort according to size, shape, color, type.
- Fossilized Shark Teeth Kit – there are some 30 – 50 fossils of sharks teeth, sting ray barb, sting ray mouth plate, puffer fish mouth plate, turtle scoot, bone fragments & more. Use the ID chart to sort them and identify. Use the magnifying glass to discover the small details. Draw them, label them, count them. Use the shark study to learn more about the most common fossils and teeth found along the beaches of Florida. Kids love collections and a real fossil collection such as this is a true treasure for hands on learning!
There are hours of fun and practically endless possibilities for what to do with your adventure pack. Take your homeschool on the go with your young explorers. It doesn’t have to be complicated to be a rich educational experience. Get in the habit of bringing your learning tools along now that you know what to do with your adventure pack!
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