(with photos)

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A child uses a type of kaleidoscope-like eyepiece to explore her surroundings.

Materials

The following materials should always be on hand:
1. Binoculars
2. Field Guides -I use Mac’s because they are simple, two-sided sheets and are laminated with heavy stock.
3. Magnifying Sheets -I bought these 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 like the one demonstrated, as very small images are slightly distorted and/or appear foggy.

Methods

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.

by Heather Taylor, teachoutside@gmail.com