Here I share with you my favourite 12 nature study essentials. Our homeschool is literature and nature-based education, we feel it’s important to go out for walks and learn about nature as often as possible, a good kit makes it more enjoyable.
- Binoculars – These ones are great, not only are they high powered, waterproof, fog proof, dust-proof and mould-proof but they also come with a smartphone attachment so you can take some really great photos.
- Lightweight Waterproof Jacket – We’ve had an awful lot of rain lately, I don’t believe the rain should prevent us from going out for our nature walks so a jacket like this one is ideal.
- Waterproof Trousers – And if the rain happens to be torrential or there are lots of puddles about then these trousers are a fantastic bit of kit.
- Wellington Boots – Here are a great pair of unisex wellies that are available in 23 different colours!
- Exploring Nature – This is such a cool book that has loads of nature-based projects.
- Handbook of Nature Study – A fantastic book that will really help you to teach your children about animals, insects, birds, trees, plants, the sky and so much more.
- Nature Journal – When you’re trying to draw or paint out on the field then it’s extremely useful to have a sketchbook like this one that is a hardback so you have something sturdy to lean on and it’s spiral bound so you can easily fold the pages back out of the way of the page you’re working on. This sketchbook has pages that are 179 gsm.
- Colouring Pencils – These are really great quality colouring pencils to use with your nature journal.
- Nature Drawing – This book is really excellent at explaining just how to keep a nature journal with good tips on how to draw and paint.
- Backpack – This is a great bag to carry your nature study kit in, nice and sturdy.
- Magnifying Glass – Children love taking a good close look at all the bugs they find and using a magnifying glass is a really great way to see even closer when you’re out on your field trip.
- Bug Pots – Sometimes it’s a good idea to have a few little pots to put bugs in for closer examination.
There is so much more I could have added to the list! What’s your favourite nature study essentials?