My Own Discovery Box

My Own Discovery Box

For a gift that will last a lifetime, create a discovery box with your child's picture on top. The mementos of discoveries made outdoors will make this new—season after season!

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My Own Discovery Box

Craft Features

Lots for Kids to Do
This craft has plenty of steps kids can do, like tracing, coloring, decorating, and cutting with safety scissors.
Allow for Dry Time
You'll need to allow extra time for glue or paint to dry.
Parent Supervision Needed
This craft requires extra parent involvement and a watchful eye, because it may require sharp tools or intricate handiwork.

Developmental Skills

Discover with Us
Discover with us skills relate to science/technology. They include: observing and predicting, asking questions, and investigating nature, objects, Earth, and space.
Ages: 4-6

Materials

  • Inexpensive magnifying glass, available at discount retailers
  • Photo of your child
  • Inexpensive wooden box, available at crafts-supply stores
  • Craft paint
  • Paintbrushes

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Take a picture of your child posing with the magnifying glass. Print it to fit the top of the box. (The one pictured is 4 by 6 inches).

  2. Step 2

    Set out paintbrushes and colors so your child can paint the box.

  3. Step 3

    Tape or glue the picture to the top of the box.

  4. Step 4

    Accompany your child on a nature trip, to the beach, along a trail, or in the backyard, to collect "specimens." Don't forget the magnifying glass!

  5. Step 5

    Once home, your child can fill the box with his or her prized discoveries, or even further adorn it with some of the best treasures!

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