Nature Crafts & Activities: Make a Discovery Box

Making a discovery box is like doing a treasure hunt. The idea is to make a special box, and fill it with stuff kids find interesting.  There are two main ways to use the box:

1. Do a treasure hunt (you’ll find a treasure hunt PDF print out blow) where the kids look for something in relation to the prompt: Here are a few examples:

  • Find something pink: this may be a pink toy, a milk bottle lid, a hair clip or a plastic spoon from Wendy’s Ice cream
  • Find a stick: keep in mind it has to fit in the discovery box
  • Find something rough: this could be bark, sand paper or corrugated paper

2. The other way to use a discovery box is to have it handy for any sort of collections like rocks, leaves, flowers, coins and shells; all the little things that kids find interesting.

Make a Discovery Box

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Our Discovery Box is made from a shoe box wrapped in gift paper. Below are other ways you can decorate the box:

  • Use brown paper and allow the kids to draw over it
  • Glue pictures from junk mail or magazines over the entire box
  • Use a plastic container (instead of a box) and decorate it with stickers

Below are a variety of free printable labels you can use.

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Discovery Box Labels

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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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