Dear Mummy, I’m fascinated by the outdoors and the changing of the seasons. Recently we’ve picked the last of the summer strawberries, planted our bulbs for Spring and watched the leaves turn on the trees. Autumn is now here and I’ve been inspecting it with great pleasure.
At the end of the summer I was asked to review a children’s Outdoor Discovery Kit from Learning Resources. It’s for pre-schoolers and school aged children from 3 years and up. The pack contains ten information cards with activities to complete, an observation jar, plastic watering can, three plastic plant pots and plant markers, ladybird bug jar and a handy scooper.
I’ve enjoyed taking my discovery set to the pick your own (PYO) strawberry fields capturing bugs to inspect in my jar. The bug jar feature 3.5x magnification in the lid which makes it easy to see the detail on the creatures I’ve captured. I’ve also had fun planting seedlings and creating concoctions in the small glass planters.
My mummy has been setting me challenges from the prompt cards inside the pack and watching me complete tasks on my own. It really has been a boredom buster for late afternoons after school and on days out in the countryside.
Learning through play is a great way for information to seep into my head. I’m fascinated by what I’ve discovered with the help of this kit. Especially using the tong scoopers to capture creatures safely so they don’t get harmed. I haven’t shyed away from bugs or spiders and it has led to a great interest of the world around me on our walks home from school. The handy scoopers help develop my hand strength and fine motor skills and are great fun to use.
My daddy has even been tempted to use the tong scoopers on the masses of spiders which have descended on the house since the nights have drawn in. They’ve also been handy for picking blackberries and foraging through hedgerows.
Autumn is the perfect time for getting outside and discovering more of what nature has to offer. I can’t wait to inspect more bugs, collect conkers and acorns and encourage my seedlings to grow by looking after them in the winter months.
This is a great activity set for £24 and you get a lot included in the pack. It’s also nice to have something that I won’t get bored with and that keeps coming out season after season. It would make a great alternative present for children this Christmas!
What do you think of this discovery set? Would you be brave enough to capture a spider and inspect it in one of the jars?
Love Bella x