Monday, March 28, 2011

Our Backyard Adventure Kit

This post is part of “Your Green Hour Survival Guide,” a series which I hope will provide inspiration to make getting outside every day a habit.

One of the things I mentioned in my “Making Time for a Green Hour: 30-Day Check-In” post last week is the importance of being prepared. Ideas, inspiration and a few tools can come in handy on days when getting outside feels more like a chore than an adventure.

Here’s a look-see at what we’ve gathered from around the house to keep in our backyard adventure kit.

First, there are the tools for exploring:

  • Binoculars
  • Magnifying glass
  • Butterfly nets
  • Bug viewer jars
  • Camera
We also have our share of books:

Along with field guides to birds and garden bugs.

Of course, no backyard adventure kit would be complete without the goodies we have just for fun. Our current favorites are:

There are a few other items that aren’t housed in our backyard adventure kit but are big winners, like our sidewalk chalk, paint pens (especially for writing on rocks) and of course, our plastic buckets and sand toys.

We keep our backyard adventure kit near our front door so it’s easy to grab something on our way out. Having it in plain sight also reminds us that getting outside is something we should be doing every day.

What things could you include in your backyard adventure kit?


  1. This is a GREAT post. We use all of those tools too. I just heard about that book too and can't wait to check it out.
    Sharing this post everywhere!! Great suggestions.

  2. the paint chips and curiosity cards are new ideas for me, thanks!

  3. @Abbie: Thanks for sharing! You will absolutely LOVE '15 Minutes Outside.'

    @Melissa: You can also try color walks using crayons - and create your own curiosity cards. :)

  4. What a great kit. Might be fun to have a little flower press, too. I'll have to check out the 15 Minutes Outside book, sounds like you really like it.

  5. @Mel: We don't have a flower press, but that would be fun, too.

    I love '15 Minutes Outside' because it's packed full of simple ideas. I also like that my oldest can read it himself, which gets him motivated to try new things outside.

  6. Great ideas! I love that bug ID sheet, might have to get one of those...

  7. @Lindsey: Even with the bug sheet, we still always seem to find something we can't identify! :)


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