Christmas Presents for Geeks – A Collecting Kit (giveaway)

by Deb on November 26, 2010

Collecting Kit

This is the sixth in my Christmas Presents for or from Science Geeks series, the previous ones can be found here.

I have couple of little collectors and noticers on my hands here. You know what I mean – “Look!  There’s a beetle/dead leaf/dragonfly/shiny rock!”  And somehow I seem to end up carrying it all around in my bag.  (Not the dragonflies, I’m allowed to admire them from a distance.  But if they thought I could catch them I’m sure they would be fair game.)  So for Christmas this year they are both getting collecting bags, so they can carry it all around!

And just to make the expeditions more fun and informative there will be a few extras in the bags:silly gilly hat

  • Sunhats – These are on my list of essentials that can be given to any kid as a present.  Especially now so many schools have a no hat no play policy they can’t have too many.  These lovely bucket caps are by an Australian WAHM, Silly Gilly.
  • Bug Watcher – For catch and release 😀  I like these because they have a couple of little magnifyers on top that can be used on rocks as well.
  • Field Journal – This is an A5 book with a heavy cover, I didn’t go for prettiness but you can cover them.  One thing I like about this one is it has a spot up the top to record date and weather, just what you need for making observations 😉  field kitThe little girl will only scribble in hers, but she loves being like her big sister.
  • Pen – with lid and string to go around their neck so it isn’t lost.

And for everyone else out there with a little science geek, I have a collecting kit to give away.  Just let me know in the comments here what it is that your little one collects with a passion and if there’s something else that should go in the bag.  The winner will be randomly drawn on the afternoon of Wednesday 1st of December.

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Cat Rivett November 26, 2010 at 9:22 am

What a great idea! Did you buy or make the bags? My daughter loves to collect rocks – one in every shape, size, colour, texture… etc! My bag can get rather heavy with them all!

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Deb November 26, 2010 at 9:25 am

I’m making these bags out of drill and quilting cottong, the winner will have a choice of colours 😉 But we also have an extensive collection of bought bags in the cupboard that are very popular.

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Emma November 26, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Our little groover, almost 12, loves anything rock related, we bought him a rock tumbler… very noisy but worth it, A budding geologist maybe? he is sure he will find a fossil eventually, and I think he just might

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Donnah Francome November 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm

My toddler loves collecting seed pods and flower buds. He is convinced they will all turn into strawberries one day!

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Deb November 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm

That’s so cute 😀

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Julie November 26, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Hi Deb, great idea. I have two collectors in my house. Big girl likes to collect bugs and I am constantly sacrificing take out containers to beetles, bugs and spiders.

Little girl likes to collect rocks, nothing like rocks in your handbag! LOL

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Malcolm December 1, 2010 at 6:44 pm

You forgot the biggest collector of them all, their daddy who has mountains of clothes never worn before, games and collectables purchased still in shrinkwrap years later, books with covers never opened etc 😀

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Rebecca November 26, 2010 at 5:17 pm

My daughter collects everything. Today it was skinks. She caught four.

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Deb November 26, 2010 at 5:45 pm

I’m impressed! We watch lots of skinks and geckos but haven’t caught one before.

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Joni November 26, 2010 at 8:22 pm

A newbie here. I got me a little scientist as well. Great idea on that gift!

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Marita November 27, 2010 at 5:46 am

With Annie it has always been rocks. Heidi likes to pick up things that ‘feel soft’ so feathers, leaves, flowers that have a ‘so soft’ feeling to them.

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Aussie Mum November 27, 2010 at 7:35 am

My junior loves collecting rocks, seed pods and flowers – and lots of other things as well. We have made little mesh treasure bags for collecting at the beach so most of the sand falls out before we get in the car! I love this idea as well. Junior would have to leave room for his camera because he likes to take photos of the things he discovers while out and about.
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Deb November 28, 2010 at 11:12 am

I love the mesh idea, with so many rocks going in there’s usually sand everywhere.

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Deirdre Turner November 27, 2010 at 10:05 am

I totally love this pack. I rought the latest Tinker Bell dvd for my daughter and the little girl makes a field journal about faries. My daughter has been asking for one, she collects sarcarda shells from the garden.

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MultipleMum November 27, 2010 at 7:45 pm

I love this idea. What little geek wouldn’t? I wonder if a magnifying glass would add to your stash? Something to get up close and personal with the bugs?
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Mistress B November 28, 2010 at 12:11 am

The only other thing my 11yo would need would be a plastic envelope or something similar the same size as the notebook to keep any precious feathers, leaves or whatnot that were collected in. That would keep them nice and flat until they got home. Sometimes when you shove those things in a jar (especially with all those rocks!) they can get damaged.

Great gift idea though, I think I’ll have to pinch it!
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Deb November 28, 2010 at 11:13 am

Good idea, I’m sure I’ll have something around I can add.

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DragonMumma November 28, 2010 at 9:39 am

Like Mistress B, I was going to say a flat, stiff container (we tend to use clear DVD covers) for really interesting feathers, leaves, flowers, the occasional tiny beetle with some ‘food’. My LO likes feathers and ladybugs the most.
I would love to win though for her best friend. He is mad for all things ‘critter’. Like you, our handbags, nappybags and pockets get filled with all manner of precious things – rocks, seeds, odd bits of litter, but mostly BUGS. Millipedes *shudder* are his current facination – we have found them everywhere – pockets, purses, his BED (because we all know that even pets need somewhere warm to sleep – LOL) This kit would make his year!!

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Louise November 28, 2010 at 10:15 am

I love the whole thing – what a great gift, and putting a little softness and color and fabric into the science can only help with the budding girl scientists especially. 🙂 Where did you get the pattern from for the bag?

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Deb November 28, 2010 at 11:16 am

It’s a homemade pattern, very simple. Just zip straight up the sides, then fold the bottom corners out and over and sew across the triangle, this gives you two little seams at the bottom that create a base. I learned that trick in Year 8 sewing, but it took a couple of goes to remember which way to fold it. I use a different fabric for a strap and flap top to look pretty.

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Kate November 28, 2010 at 3:52 pm

What a great idea! I’m often carrying flowers, peanuts (aka gumnuts lol), flowers, sticks and more flowers! Miss 3.5 would feel very proud to have her own collection kit 🙂

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Christina Matthewson November 28, 2010 at 4:01 pm

How awesome is this pack!! I have two budding explorers here 🙂 my 4 yr old likes to play ‘David Attenborough’ in our yard 🙂 Every day – rain hair or shine we go bushwalking or explore our yard. This time of year is fantastic as so many creatures visit our property. The boy’s favourite animals are the beautiful bumble bees that come visiting each day. Each time they find something interesting I have to take a photo, we then download it and the boys draw a picture of it. We are currently starting a scrap book with the photos and drawings. We also search for the creature or plant on the internet and the boys and I get to learn interesting new facts 🙂 Maybe you could add some coloured pencils so that the explorers can draw and colour in their finds in their journal

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Amy November 28, 2010 at 4:27 pm

These are fabulous, my 4 year old girl loves collecting bugs. Especially non threatening millipede’s which become her best friends until they stop moving eep!

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Carey November 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm

That’s a great idea! My little girl loves collecting leaves & sticks, which we then have to convince her to leave outside the house. She also loves what she calls “ground trees”. I don’t know what these really are, they are spiky balls that fall off trees and look like they might have had seeds in them. Does anyone know what they might be?

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Iván November 28, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Those are really awesome tips for a geek’s gift. You made my day with this post, now I know what I want for my kids XD

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Chantelle November 29, 2010 at 5:51 am

My nearly 4 yr old daughter loves collecting too. Everyday it’s rocks and flowers. But on special days anything goes – bugs, seeds, bits of paper!

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Anne@LittleSproutBooks November 29, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Love the collector’s kit! My son is happy to collect anything! Rocks, bugs, leaves, shells, feathers, flowers… What a simple but fun gift to put together – I’m sharing it on my Must See Monday post!

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Lisel November 29, 2010 at 7:07 pm

In our house it is gumnuts. The ones filled with dirt and dead bugs and other stuff that ends up in the bottom of my handbag! A collecting bag is a great idea!

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Lisa November 29, 2010 at 10:05 pm

My three year old loves to collect leaves and flowers. luckily we have a lot of trees!

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Trish November 30, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Rocks for one boy; flowers /sticks and leaves for boy two.
Thye love filling my pocket or bags with things or ask me to hold LOL
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katepickle December 1, 2010 at 9:13 am

What a fab idea!
My big girls got bug catches a few Christmases back as they are big insect lovers (Zoe told her class she was going to be an entomologist when she grows up, her teacher had to ask what that was LOL). Adding in a book and pen is an awesome idea… and I think would re-energise this activity for my girls who are so enjoying their new ability to read and write!

Oh and thanks for the hat link I’m wanting to buy my four hats for Christmas too!

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Lauren B. December 1, 2010 at 4:17 pm

hahaha my 14mth loves millipedes too… although thankfully they no longer go STRAIGHT into her mouth – I usually have at least a few minutes to save it first!

When we are in the garden, she likes watching us pull weeds and then starts ‘collecting’ the pine bark that is mulching the garden and sharing it around on the path 😛

I think I have a budding collector too 😀 😀

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