Thursday, May 16, 2013

Summer activities for kids: outdoor adventure kits (getting girls interested in science)

summer activities for kids

Bugs aren't just for boys, any gender of kids can enjoy outdoor summer activities, especially when they have these super cute outdoor adventure kits, which I'm going to show you how to put together yourself!



Since the weather here in Idaho has been amazing, we've all been playing outside almost every day. I thought it would be fun to incorporate some science into our outdoor summer activities, so I made up some "adventure kids" for our Girlies.

As a moms of two young girls, Hilary and I feel it is super important that we encourage a love of science in our girls. Society hammers Barbie and Princesses into their heads, but it is so important to show them that there is a whole world of interesting things out there to explore. You can just be a princess while you do it!

summer activities for kids

So I hit up the Dollar Tree to see what I could put together for some summer fun, and this is what I got! Each kit only cost about $5.

Both kits contained 1 big and 1 little bug catching net, 1 pinwheel flower, 1 collecter jar with magnifying glass in the lid, 1 pair of tweezers, 1 pair of binoculars, 1 "field journal" for drawing a writing about their observations, and 1 pen. All in the pinkest colors possible to please even the Princess-iest of scientists!

And with that, our Intrepid Princess Explorers took to the wild brush:

summer activities for kids
Who is the Girly in the shark shirt? That would be my Jr. Shark Scientist/Ballerina/Pop Star/Fashion Designer.

Using their Jr. Scientist skills they collected exotic specimens.

summer activities for kids

summer activities for kids

They chased after all manner of creatures small and fluttery:

summer activities for kids

They learned about wind power with their sparkling pinwheels:

summer activities for kids

summer activities for kids

Many fascinating creatures were observed through the binoculars:

summer activities for kids

And many observations were written down in the field journals for future study:

summer activities for kids
This is apparently her little brother (one of the exotic creatures), and a tree with leaves.

I would call this a smashing success! The girl's kits got put away when we came inside, to be taken out another day for another excursion.

15 comments:

  1. I've been thinking for a while that I need to get the kids outside for a scavenger hunt. Would be fun to look for bugs & worms!

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    1. That's a great idea! I might add a shovel to their "kits" so that they can dig for treasure. They would love that!

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  2. I love it! I think my girls will too

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    1. Thank you! Our girls certainly did, I'm glad we could share some fun ideas!

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  3. I think my MOPS mom friends would love this. I think this would be a great fit for Family Fun Friday if you have time and want to link up. :-)
    Monica

    http://happyandblessedhome.com/category/family-fun/

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    1. Thank you! I did just that and added your party to our linky rotation. Great blog!

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  4. In addition to Monday Kid Corner Weekly Linky Party, this week's theme is MUD. Brush off those archives and link them up at thejennyevolution.com. See you there! Jennifer

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  5. Great!! Thanks for sharing.
    www.blissfulsewing.blogspot.com

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  6. Wow......!!!!! What a great idea,Thanks for sharing.
    www.crochetdreamz.blogspot.com

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  7. This is great! Absolutely, scientific instruments can be pink.

    Your kids might enjoy this experiment with different methods of washing hands.

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  8. Oh, how fun!! We love exploring bugs at my house. My little girl sometimes is a bit afraid of them, but I'm hoping more exposure will get her over it. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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  9. Great idea! Get them young when they don't have any preconceived notions about science being boring or something only boys like. Adorable little scientists that you have too btw. :D Thanks for linking up.
    p

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  10. Great post - a pink science kit definitely rocks!

    I would love for you to link up at the Mommy Archive - we're focusing on summer holidays this week, Alice x

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