Field Guides, Binoculars, and Magnifiers
A child uses a type of kaleidoscope-like eyepiece to explore her surroundings.
Field Guides -Mac’s are simple, two-sided sheets and are laminated with heavy stock.
Magnifying Sheets -I bought these at an office supply store because they are large and easy to use, and have not yet caught nearby objects on fire. They are, however, hard to clean and are best used for games, as very small images are slightly distorted and/or appear foggy.
Having these materials available at all times provides innumerable opportunities for teaching, exploring, and observing, including the use and care of the tools, frames of reference regarding size, and identification of local plants and animals.
I have still not found the best tools regarding kids' ease of use, sturdiness, cost, and actual use as a tool.
Lesson plan by Heather Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org. You are welcome to share all materials with credit to her.