We have some various containers that are stocked with different outdoor goodies - we call them our nature boxes. Today Holly asked to pull down her Sea Shore nature box and she spent about an hour inspecting and exploring the bin. She used her magnifying glass to really inspect stuff and even broke out two different books to look stuff up in.
We even have a few egg carton boxes that we have created for nature boxes. We have painted the whole carton out in a color and then each little egg compartment is painted a different color in nature - one is sea shore themed in color and one is more evergreen in theme for our nature hikes. We bring these along and she fills them up with various goodies found along the way trying her best to match the colors... and some are very similar in color, so it takes a lot of work to find various shades in nature.
Her mind naturally at work doing something she loves! What a great way to spend a rainy grey morning.