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Explore Summer: DIY Explorer Bags

Explore Summer: DIY Explorer Bags

This month at Sparkle is all about exploring. And this week, we are exploring our own homes yards with the series At Home with Martin & Sylvia.

Martin and Sylvia love to explore their backyard. They are expert explorers, in fact – and are always ready for an adventure. Their excitement for exploring inspired this tutorial for making your own explorer bags.

These bags are quick to put together and you might just have most of the items hanging around your house already.

Kids are by nature explorers and young naturalists. Follow their lead and explore your home and the yard around it – even if it's just a tiny strip of grass and trees between the sidewalk and road. If you have trouble getting started, HERE are some tips from Lisabeth.

diy explorer bags || explore your own backyard


  • 1 canvas or reusable small tote bag
  • 1 small notebook with blank pages
  • 1 magnifying glass
  • 1 pencil, sharpened
  • Length of twine (pictured twine is hemp)
  • Several small tins
  • Magnifying insect box (can be purchased HERE)
  • 2 band-aids
  • 1 small cloth bag

How to:

Once you've gathered all of your materials, simply put them in the bag and place the bag by the door so it's always accessible and ready for exploring!

The materials I've included are the basic items in our bag, but feel free to add other things, such as a mini flashlight for night walks, a foldable insect, animal, or plant guide, crayons, tweezers, or ductape. As your child gets older you can adjust what items go into the bag and how large the bag is.


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Join us next week for Exploring Your Neighborhood and Town.

About the Author

KC Pagano

Sparkle Stories Media Maven

KC is a full-time radical homemaker and mama to two spunky little girls. She writes about all kinds of radical goodness, from gardening and cooking with whole foods to crafting, sewing, homeschooling, and mama musings. Read more on her blog The Nettlesome Life.

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