Magnifying glasses are a fascinating scientific tool at my house. This summer we are using playtime to learn more about the world around us. We used magnifying glasses to explore some treasures we found around the house. We went into the backyard to scout for new mysteries.
We also decided to melt candy with a magnifying glass. We used a plastic tray and a metal tray. We had a marshmallow, some skittles, a peppermint, and a chocolate covered almond. The Texas sun was hot and the items on the metal tray melted faster than the items on the plastic tray with the magnifying glass.
Another engrossing activity is finding, observing, and even catching bugs. We never get tired of the various bugs to be found in the backyard.
I have a Backyard Discovery Kit that makes playing outdoors a world of fun.
I have a Bug Catcher with a small net.
And of course Magnifying glasses.
A plastic bucket and shovel and some gardening tools.
I try to throw in new items that we can enjoy every once in awhile, hence the Sweet Basil growing kit. I also have a new Solar Kit that will be a fun surprise.
You can make your own Backyard Discovery Kit. Just fill it up with fun items your kids will enjoy using to ferret out all the wonders in the world around them.