DIY Explorer Activity Kit

DIY Explorer Activity Kit @themerrythought Did you ever see the Child’s Activity Kits that Anthropologie used to carry? They are so incredibly adorable! I decided to make a little explorer kit of my own to give to Lincoln for Christmas. He may have seen it when he helped me with this shoot but I told him it was a blog project – luckily he said he really, really wanted one for himself!
DIY Explorer Activity Kit @themerrythoughtDIY Explorer Activity Kit @themerrythought 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.
DIY Explorer Activity Kit @themerrythoughtDIY Explorer Activity Kit @themerrythoughtDIY Explorer Activity Kit @themerrythought Give it to a little explorer and set them free!

xo. Caitlin

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  • Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 10:31 am

    kari - I’m thinking this is a little beyond my ability to create, but it’s adorable, oh so adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 1:01 pm

    Vintagehoneybee - that is unbelievable. I don’t know a kid who wouldn’t love that.


  • Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 3:58 pm

    amberleroux - Super cute, very Moonrise Kingdom. :)ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 8:04 pm

    pepperedthought - This is incredible! I think it might be better than the original. I would love to include it in my Kids’ Gift Guide this year – do I have your permission to use an image, if I link it back to your site and give proper credit?ReplyCancel

    • Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 11:46 pm

      Caitlin McGrath - Absolutely! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 11:16 pm

    Stacia - I loved these when Anthro had them, but have never had anyone to give them to. This is such a delightful recreation. He’s going to be thrilled to find out it’s his!ReplyCancel

  • Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 3:42 am

    Allison T - Oh my gosh! This is such an incredible idea and I’m in love with it. Thank you for this! It’ll be a great gift for little one. :)


  • Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 10:10 am

    Stefanie - I’ve been collecting all the bits and pieces needed to make up such a kit for my wee grandson – including a lovely vintage pair of binoculars in original leather pouch. Now you’ve shown me how to put it all together.Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 7:45 pm

    Jenni - Wow, I saw this just as I was thinking about what to get my nephews for Christmas! This is such a great idea- so fun! I love that it’s homemade. It just adds that creative touch.


  • Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 7:40 am

    Pam - What a great idea. Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 8:40 pm

    Ann @ My Nearest and Dearest - What a fabulous idea! So cute and sure to be well loved and well used.ReplyCancel

  • Friday, November 7, 2014 - 9:52 am

    tracey - I’m setting out to make some of these this year. :) Where did you get the leather straps? And was the case thrifted? Thanks for this awesome idea, my sons, and nephews, and niece will love them!ReplyCancel

    • Friday, November 7, 2014 - 1:48 pm

      Caitlin McGrath - Thanks! This was actually a vintage travel bar case that I thrifted so the straps were already included.

      We’d love to see the ones that you make once they’re done!ReplyCancel

  • Friday, December 12, 2014 - 1:30 pm

    Melody - I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea! Thank you! 6 grandsons and 1 on the way. I will make these for Christmas. Maybe even for the girls. I would have loved one as a kid!ReplyCancel

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