These are our favorite on-the-go nature guides for kids. They’re perfect for stashing in a small backpack or an inner coat pocket, and they’re durable enough to stand up to abuse from little hands. Plus, they’re just the right size for those little hands!
While the limited space does not allow for comprehensive or detailed information, they do provide color pictures and very basic identifying features. We keep our full-sized guides at home for reference, and carry these handy pocket guides on our nature adventures. Our favorites are the state (or region)-specific guides, but we use ALL of the guides on a regular basis.
Older Brother will sometimes ask to take them to his room for rest time. Here’s a little story about that, taken from a review I posted about a year ago on Amazon…
I didn’t realize he was reading it on his own until we were walking in the woods recently and spotted some mushrooms. I asked our friend to take a pic of the mushrooms with her phone so we could identify them at home, since we didn’t have the guide with us. My son piped up and said “I already know what they are! They’re turkey tails!” She took the pic and we looked them up at home. Sure enough, that’s what they were!
You can find them:
- Online at Amazon:
- It looks like they’ve changed the design; the ones I see now on Amazon look different from the ones we have. I’m betting all the information is the same.
- If you plan to buy several, be sure to check out Amazon’s “4-for-3” promotion.
- At nature centers and Audubon locations: I’ve spotted them for sale at various nature centers and in the gift shops at parks and such.
To purchase the magnifying glasses pictured above, see this post: Chapman DeMary Trail in Purcellville, VA (and a few of our favorite nature gear items for kids).
Other posts you might enjoy:
- Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
- Exploring Nature with Kids: The Nature Display
- Chapman DeMary Trail in Purcellville, VA (and a few of our favorite nature gear items for kids)
- Quintessential Fall Day: Pumpkin Picking at Wegmeyer Farms
- Favorite Picture Books for Fall (updated)
Kathleen Henderson is the Yankee behind the Homestead, where she keeps up with Mr. Native Texan, three busy boys, a large dog, an assortment of chickens and an organic garden on three beautiful acres in Northern Virginia. Yankee Homestead is where she organizes her tips, tricks and resources for a healthy life. Favorite topics include real food recipes, gluten-free living, essential oils and home remedies, all things natural and nontoxic, plus mommy musings and homeschooling resources. Find out more on the About page