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Natural History Collector: Hunt, Discover, Learn is full of hands-on, kid-friendly projects for the budding naturalist. The opening chapter introduces kids to different ways of creating their personal field guides for keeping track of what they see, when and where they see it, and what makes it interesting. They'll move on to techniques for cleaning and caring for treasures, such as drying flowers, pressing leaves, and desalinizing rocks and shells.
The book's drawings and photographs will help kids discover what to look for when they examine feathers, seeds, and minerals (and recognize the difference between sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic). Extra projects focus on display; making shadow boxes, creating collectors' cases from egg cartons and candy boxes, labeling, hanging, and mounting collections.
- ISBN-13: 9781631593673
- ISBN-10: 1631593676
- Publisher: Quarry Books
- Publish Date: December 2017
- Page Count: 128
- Reading Level: Ages 8-11
- Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.15 pounds
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One of the struggles I face when it comes to decluttering is a discomfort with tossing stuff in the trash: The idea of adding more junk to a landfill leaves me queasy. I also harbor extreme emotional attachment to too many objects. Help! Thankfully, Cary Telander Fortin and Kyle Louise Quilici, authors of New Minimalism, know where I’m coming from. They’ve helped their clients cultivate a sense of lagom, a Swedish concept that means “enough,” while creating space in home and mind. The first objective is to profoundly question the received values that encourage us to consume and own more. Fortin and Quilici’s approach then begins with four archetypes for states of being—Connected, Practical, Energetic and Frugal—and ends with 12 design principles that work for everyone. Some of their advice may feel familiar, but the overall combination of psychology and design smarts serves as both balm and inspiration: I truly feel ready to rethink my home and possessions.
The great outdoors is full of curiosities for all ages—but especially for kids, as gathering small specimens can help them feel connected to the earth. But what becomes of those feathers, rocks, shells and leaves once you arrive back home? Too often they end up on the floor or in the laundry, having been secreted away in pants and coat pockets. In Natural History Collector: Hunt, Discover, Learn!, Michael Sanchez provides actionable ways for children to first locate and learn about the natural world’s treasures, then clean, preserve and present their collections. There’s a nice blend of information—descriptions and photos of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock, plus a guide to animal tracks and the dirt on fossils—and display projects such as a shadow box made from a pizza box. Interviews with a few experts, such as the curator of biology at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, round out the study of collecting. This is an excellent book for nature-loving parents to share with their children.
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