One way to get kids to take a closer look at items in their world is to put it in window book. Something about being able to see through the window book makes the process quite interesting….

As part of our continued study to explore Earth Day, we read the book “In My World” by Lois Ehlert.  This is a very interesting book filled with all sorts of items from our world for the children to see. To take a closer look at our world, the children took a walk with their window books…

Our nature window books are simply made from two rectangular pieces of plexiglass (purchased from Lowes) with clear packing tape along one edge to hold the two pieces together…

After talking to the children about how to care for our window books and setting any rules that I felt might be necessary (like no running with the books), the children set off on a nature hike to find items to collect for their books…

Before heading out on their walk, I also talked with the children about what kinds of things would fit nicely in their window books (like leaves) and what kinds of things would not work well in the books (like rocks)…

Once the children had collected several items in their window books, we brought the window books back inside to take a closer look at what they had collected with magnifying glasses…

Oh, and that little blue thing in the middle of the table is actually a camera which I will share more about soon…

The children were able to take a close up look through their window books at the seeds from the flowers and we also found a spider that somehow happened to get caught in one of the window books as well – not sure where the spider ended up! Yikes…

After the children finished their exploration with window books, we cleaned out all the items, wiped down the window books, and saved our window books for another day…

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