I was over drooling at toys at Natural Pod and came across The Nature Bag. FABULOUS IDEA I thought! Exactly what the kids need for our trips through the woods, the swamp, and bog.
Then I looked at the pricetag on what is essentially a canvas bag full of consumables (and anyone with kids knows a hankerchief in the woods is a consumable item...and we've never had a magnifying lens last long either!) and 34.99 was just way out of my financial comfort range.
So off to the dollarstore I went:
2 different coloured grocery sacks with the added benefit of windows for putting photos in (Darkmirror found them each images that suited their personalized bag and made funky nameplated too)
2 different coloured bandanas
2 different coloured pencil cases (filled with left over old crayons (Wild Thing) and pencil crayons (Nature Girl) we won't be upset if one gets lost)
2 magnifying lenses
2 cardboard spools of garden twine
2 cardboard "eyespy" squares
2 large ziplock bags in case something wet must come home.
10.00 versus 70.00.
I'm not knocking the Nature Bag - but with a 60.00 difference in price I really can't afford to go with rubberwood and organic cotton. The big thing is GETTING KIDS OUTSIDE EXPLORING NATURE.