Kidnoculars review & binoculars craft activity with Learning Resources UK

Please note, we have previously been gifted items from Learning Resources UK, and although this is a competition collaboration, we purchased the Kidnoculars ourselves over a year ago and have bought three others for friends and family since 🙂

Lily is a huge bird fan, so with the Big Garden Birdwatch landing this weekend, we could not be more excited to get involved.

Nature spotting is great with Kidnoculars!
Nature spotting is great with Kidnoculars!

Inspired by Kidnoculars – Lily’s favourite accessory

Lily’s favourite item to take in her backpack is her pair of Learning Resources UK Kidnoculars, which we bought for her around a year ago.

Anyone who follows us online will know they have since come on almost every adventure with her, from campsites to countryside, nature trail to coastal path – even bird spotting from her bedroom window!

They’ve also been great for scavenger hunts during lockdowns, as she loves to spot nests in trees, hidden treasures, or tells me about things that I apparently can’t see!

Birdwatching with her Kidnoculars by our Cotswolds camping pod - July 2020
Birdwatching with her Kidnoculars by our Cotswolds camping pod – July 2020

They’re set to a zoom, so kids don’t need to worry about changing any settings, and they fit perfectly in her hand, with a snug rubber seal around the edge to be comfortable on her face.

I also love the safety snap on the neck cord as although it can drop off when she runs around, I know she is safe.

What’s more, they’re a great distraction on longer walks to keep her distracted when her little legs start to get tired!

She can't wait to enjoy Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend - although these penguins are at Twycross Zoo, December 2020
She can’t wait to enjoy Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend – although these penguins are at Twycross Zoo, December 2020

With Birdwatch weekend upon us, she is excited to count the birds she can see, and her Kidnoculars will be part of the fun.

You don’t need binoculars for Birdwatch, but I know Lily will be excited to look up close at what she can spot this weekend.

If you want to give it a go, why not get the kids to make their own binoculars to see what they can spot?

Bird watching at Birdland with her Kidnoculars in 2020
Bird watching at Birdland with her Kidnoculars in 2020

They may not be able to zoom like real binoculars, but they’re a fun activity for little kids to make, a great distraction from homeschooling, and looking through them means kids may be able to spot even more as it can focus their sight into one area.

So give it a go and let us know what you can see 🙂

Kidnoculars are great to keep little legs motivated on long adventures - summer 2020
Kidnoculars are great to keep little legs motivated on long adventures – summer 2020

Make your own binoculars craft idea

You will need

  • 2x toilet roll or kitchen roll tubes
  • Tape (we use brown paper tape)
  • Optional: pens, paint or stickers to decorate

How to make your binoculars

Simply tape the toilet or kitchen rolls together using tape.

The easiest way is to wrap the brown tape around the rolls to stick them together, however you could also use card or paper as a loop around the rolls to hold them together.

Once you’re happy with your creating, it is time to decorate using pens, paints, or whatever you like to decorate with!

Step by step and then ready to decorate!

You could even use crepe paper or normal paper straps to make a ‘strap’ for their hands, however for safety reasons kids shouldn’t wrap anything around their necks, particularly string or ribbon.

Top tip

We use brown paper tape as it is more eco friendly, can be recycled, is easier for little fingers to use themselves, and can be drawn on too!

Happy making!

Local Birdwatching - January 2021
Local Birdwatching – January 2021

Competition time

Win with Learning Resources UK over at Instagram.com/snowkazadventures
Win with Learning Resources UK over at Instagram.com/snowkazadventures

If you’re reading this over the Big Garden Birdwatch weekend in 2021, head over to my Instagram page for your chance to WIN one of 5 pairs of Kidnoculars thanks to the amazing Learning Resources UK!

Competition begins sometime on January 29th 2021 and closes midnight on 31st January 2021.

Good luck 🙂

Find out more about the Learning Resources UK Kidnoculars and their other outdoor nature toys for exploring here.

October 2020 - Durdle Door
Checking out the boats through her Kidnoculars – October 2020 – Durdle Door

Love getting outdoors with the kids? You may like these…

For ideas on how to keep the kids motivated on their daily walks in lockdown, check out our latest blog post here.

Check out our clothing and accessories for family adventures in the winter here.

Don’t miss our gift guide for kids who love the outdoors here

For our previous collaboration with Learning Resources UK with Botley the Robot and their Building Someone Amazing campaign, click here.

Find out here how Learning Resources UK have been a huge help with our home learning through lockdown.

July 2020 - seeing if anyone was home on the lighthouse!
July 2020 – seeing if anyone was home on the lighthouse!

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