DIY Young Explorer Kit

by Rachel Baker on December 20, 2013

The ladies at have a beautiful website with some incredible ideas for recipes, DIY projects, clothes, home decorating and parties. If you haven’t been to their site, you should certainly meander on over and take a gander. I found them when I was looking at cool kid gift ideas, not cool “kid gift” ideas, but “cool kid” gift ideas.

In the past, my partner came up with what we’ve called “Adventure Kits” for the kids when we do our holiday car travel. Our kit had everything you could possibly need for traveling (that you may have forgotten), but things that would help you survive for a few days if you ended up stuck in a spot by bad weather. It took into consideration the difference between climates of our starting destination vs our ending destination and that fact that we may get the sniffles, or have dry sinuses, etc. …and it had a few small road games and what-nots for keeping busy. All in all, it was one of the greatest and coolest ideas ever for a split family that may have to spend a holiday on the road.

This Explorer Activity Kit is reminiscent of the kit we came up with for the kids a few years back. This would be a great gift for a “cool kid” year round!

I used a travel bar case that I thrifted to house my activity kit but you could use a normal small suitcase or briefcase instead. I filled it with some string, jars, scissors, pocket knife, pencil, notebook, canvas pouch, butterfly & moth identifying book, magnifying glass, binoculars, compass, flashlight and matches. Of course, you may need to change these items to make them age appropriate for younger kids. I super glued a wood cover (with some thin wood from Michael’s) with a drawing to the front of the case as a little cover. You might be able to paint directly on your case depending on the material.

Read more about how to make this AWESOME Explorer’s Kit here:

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