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5 Ways to Bring Nature Learning Inside

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Wondering how to study nature with your kids when temperatures continue to drop? Skip the cold weather by bringing nature indoors! There are plenty of ways to encourage science learning by creating contained environments. Here are some of our favorite ways to study nature inside the comforts of home:

62072b.jpg1. Critter Cabin

Bring creepy crawlies indoors by bundling up, finding insects to study, and then bringing them back inside to study. This critter house will keep specimen contained for your little scientist as they study how insects move and what sounds they make. When finished, simply take outside and release your critters back into the wild!

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Don’t want to find your own ants to study? Order them by mail! Teach children how ants burrow and watch them at work with this entrancing ant factory. Teaches lessons in responsibility, biology, and basic ecology. Includes a 24-page guidebook to get your little learner started.

145544c.jpg3. Insect Lore Original Butterfly Pavilion 

Ever wondered how caterpillars turn into butterflies? Let your child watch the whole process with our Original Butterfly Pavilion. Children can watch metamorphosis as they care for caterpillars until they mature into fully-grown butterflies! The habitat’s see-through mesh gives a clear view of the transformation. Caterpillar larvae included.

86390.jpg4. Insect Lore Ladybug Land

Fascinated by ladybugs? This metamorphosis kit for ladybugs allows children to see nature at work as ladybugs magically change from cute larvae into adult beetles. Includes see-through habitat, certificate for ladybugs and food, built-in magnifier lenses, and a fun-filled instruction guide.

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5. Root Vue Farm Set

Sustainability has never been so fun! Teach plant life cycles while growing vegetables for snack time with this kid-friendly farm set! Built with an acrylic viewing window, built-in water basin, and drainage reservoir, this is the perfect learning tool for children who are interested in agriculture.


Do you love teaching science to your kids? How do you encourage science learning indoors? Share your ideas by commenting below.

10 Fun and Educational Science Toys for Kids

27 Jan

Children like to ask questions because they are naturally curious, but the questions they ask aren’t always easy to answer. This is especially true for questions kids ask about science-related topics, such as why the sky is blue or how birds can fly. You may or may not know the answers to your kids’ questions, but there are plenty of resources and tools you can use to find the answers. We’ve come up with a list of educational science toys that can help you answer their most challenging questions while also helping them learn about the world around them:

Where does my shadow sleep

1. Where Does My Shadow Sleep?

This parent’s guide will help you explore science with your kids. The book features a variety of stories and activities that cover multiple science themes and reading concepts. Children can learn about animals and plants and investigate why their shadow gets bigger and smaller during the day.

Weather Bear Set2. Weather Bear Set

This is the perfect way to introduce younger kids to early weather concepts. The set includes a cuddly bear and four seasonal outfits to help your children learn about the weather and how to dress for different seasons. This is also a great way to encourage children to pick out their own outfits and dress themselves.

Geosafari3. GeoSafari® Jr. Talking Bug Net™

Do your kids ask a lot of questions about insects? If so, kids can learn interesting bug facts with this educational toy by choosing one of the included toy bugs and dropping it into the net. The Talking Bug Net also asks kids quiz questions about the facts they have learned.

Backyard Birds4. Backyard Birds

If your children are fascinated with the birds they see in your backyard or enjoy watching them from the window, Backyard Birds is a great way for kids to learn what blue jays, robins, and cardinals look like and the sounds they make. Each Backyard Bird sings authentic sounds and songs when you press their back.

Creature Peeper5. Creature Peeper

If your kids would rather study real bugs to learn about insect characteristics, then the Creature Peeper is a great choice. Children can keep insects in the bug viewer for a short time as they study its characteristics or take it for show and tell. The escape proof, watertight viewer also allows kids to study tadpoles or small fish.

Rocks and Fossils6. Rocks and Fossils

Are your kids interested in rocks or other archaeological items? Kids can learn about a variety of gemstones, rocks, fossils, marine life, and sea shells with this set of Rocks and Fossils. This is a great discovery tool for kids and will help them learn and identify objects found in water or on land.

Walking Tightrope7. Koontz™ Walking Tightrope

Children who are curious about balance, gravity, and mass would enjoy learning how acrobats stay balanced with the Koontz™ Walking Tightrope. This educational toy will help children understand that acrobats must position their center of mass over the center of their body in order to stay balanced as they are performing.

Enviro Battery8. Enviro Battery

If your kids are interested in learning how to make things run, Enviro Battery is a good choice because it helps children learn about power sources and alternative energy. Kids learn to create unique batteries that can light bulbs and power watches with everyday household items.

Nancy B's Science Club9. Nancy B’s Science Club Crime Solver Scope & Forensic Activity Journal

Kids will enjoy learning how to solve mysteries with forensic techniques, such as fingerprinting, hair identification, counterfeit money detection, and surveillance. The Crime Solver Scope can help kids examine evidence or serve as a telescope.

Very First Magnet Kit10. Very First Magnet Kit

Kids who are interested in learning about magnetism and how magnets work will enjoy the Very First Magnet Kit. Children can use the magnetic wand or horseshoe magnet to pick up magnetic marbles, paper clips, and other objects.