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Nature Crafts: Specimen Box

A natural sense of curiosity and wonder makes every child a biologist. Help yours explore with this craft!

Learning Benefits


• box divided into compartments (a box for screws and nails from the hardware store is perfect; we used the 15-piece Aluminum Display Box by SE, available on for $15)

• small round sticker labels (found at office supply stores)

 pocket-sized notepad

COLLECT specimens, such as rocks and flower petals, from your yard or a nearby park. Place each in a separate compartment. (You can also use small plastic insect and animal toys to symbolize live creatures you come across.)

PLACE a label on each compartment and number it. In your notepad, have your child write about each numbered specimen you’ve collected.

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