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Learning Laboratory: The Great Outdoors!

exploring the great outdoors

My kids love exploring the great outdoors with this big magnifying glass I got from Lakeshore Learning! I tracked it down after seeing it on Ticia’s blog, and I’m so glad I did! I don’t see it for sale there right now, for some reason… 

exploring the great outdoors

Johnny (4 years old) and Lily (2 years old) spent about an hour walking around outside, exploring dirt, plants, concrete, cracks in concrete, a broken rubber band, and their own hands!

exploring the great outdoors

Do your kids play with magnifying glasses? Is it warm enough to play outside for hours on end? It’s cold here again this week, but last week was amazing!!! I hope you’ll link up your fun and creative learning – indoors and out! Text links or button links back are much appreciated :)

learning laboratory at mama smiles

Last week I loved this idea of an animal scavenger hunt using old lotto cards at sunnydaytodaymama, I think these spring/Easter-themed marshmallow sculptures from B. Inspired, Mama! are adorable, and you have to check out this amazing jet plane photo from Doodles and Jots!

MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

29 thoughts on “Learning Laboratory: The Great Outdoors!”

  1. That is a really cool magnifying glass! I’m sure my kids would love to explore with one like that!

  2. My dad has a really big one and since I am headed over there soon I should borrow it. It’s amazing what comes to life under those things!

  3. That’s a great magnifying glass! I wish we had a Lakeshore store here, so I didn’t have to pay shipping. Some day, I will go to one. And by some day, I mean I will probably need a full day to hang out there. LOL!

  4. Elisa | blissfulE

    Love the pictures, especially the first one. Those two are getting to be quite a team! And this post inspires me to go hunting for our magnifying glass…

  5. Wow!!! Thanks for much for the mention – yay : )

    Love that magnifying glass – looks easier for kids to use because they don’t have to worry about it. Great ideas!

  6. This magnifying glass looks awesome. We have magnifying glasses, of course, but not as fancy. Unfortunately, it’s been pretty rainy this weekend, but we got out for an hour of walking in the neighborhood yesterday, and it was good for all of us.

  7. Now that looks like fun. My kids don’t have a magnifying glass but I bet they would love exploring outside with one.

  8. It’s so sad, I can’t find ours right now, and I don’t think they make them anymore. WAAAAAHHHHH!

    My kids love to be outside.

    1. I was so sad to visit their website and not find it there anymore! Wonder why they quit making it?

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