As the summer was drawing to an end and the last of the long days were upon us, we had the opportunity to go bug-hunting and get up-close and personal with nature one last time with the Discovery Young Explorer Kit!
The Discovery Young Explorer Kit is a collection of tools that children and young adults can use to investigate and explore their natural surroundings in closer detail. It includes:
- notepad and pen
- field microscope
So we bunged on our best forest-trudging gear and went to our local woods to put this gear to the test of a bunch of young explorers.
We took a long trek through the woods, taking the opportunity to examine the undergrowth for signs of life. The children really took to using the equipment and where possible we passed it around so everyone got a turn.
The big appeal of the set was the field microscope. The kids had never really seen anything magnified like that before so it was a huge novelty to be able to pop it up against a tree or a bunch of leaves and see all the tiny details. Even days after we returned, the children still grab the microscope to have a look at stuff from around the house, just in case it looks weird when examined really close up!
The binoculars were great for a set of this kind. Obviously they aren’t going to match up to expensive ‘grown-up’ binoculars but we were really impressed with how clear they were. Importantly, they were really hard-wearing and robust. Claudia was wearing them for a good long while and managed to take them through quite a few tumbles, hedge adventures, slides down hills and general larking about and they worked just as well afterwards. The binoculars do have a tiny compass embedded in them but we found this often disagreed with the compass in the set which was more accurate.
The compass was interesting to the kids and gave us the opportunity to talk to them about magnetic north and topics of navigation. We found it married up pretty well to a super-precise compass app. Luckily we didn’t have to use it to find our way out of the woods (we’re pretty familiar with them) but I feel confident that, if we needed to we could have used it to navigate our way back out to safety.
The notepad and pen was a nice little addition. It wouldn’t be a selling point for me but Marshall and Claudia really liked making notes and drawing pictures of the things they saw around them. I appreciated it myself because it emphasised the importance of the science and STEM elements of the set. Nature is very beautiful but when approaching it as young scientists it’s also important to record observations and bring some of your findings back with you to think about later.
Check out our video of what we got up to when we took the Discovery Young Explorer Set into the woods!
The Discovery Young Explorer Set is available from Amazon.
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