Materials for Nature-Based Learning
Before you create the materials list for enhanced nature-based learning, it is a good idea to review some of the resources that are available. Childhood by Nature has compiled a list of Top FREE Nature-Based Learning Curriculums for Schools and Homeschools. By reviewing these resources, you will have a better idea about the types of materials that you will need.
Some of the materials may come in a standard science kit, such as magnifying glasses and bug observation boxes. Other materials may be collected from families or community marketplaces such as Freecycle or Craigslist. Sometimes, the only materials children require are their eyes, ears, noses, and hands. Here is a list of just a few of the items that you could introduce to the children in your care:
- Garden tools – shovels, spades, rakes, watering cans, gloves, etc.
- Seeds and planter boxes, indoor plants (Check the poisonous plant list to avoid dangerous plants)
- Buckets, baskets, sifters, and funnels
- Carts and wheelbarrows
- Books about nature topics
- Binoculars and magnifiers
- Bird boxes, houses, feeders, etc.
- Butterfly gardens and plants that attract butterflies
- Outdoor seating or mats
- Sand and water tables or bins, sound garden from repurposed pots and pans, mud kitchen
- Art supplies, notebooks, pencils
- Various nature-related loose parts and figurines
- Lumber, stumps, tires, recycled boxes
- Weather tools – thermometer, rain gauge, windsock, etc.
- Measuring tools – rulers, measuring tapes, measuring cups/spoons, etc.
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