How many native Ohio birds can you find? Can you create camouflage to help an animal hide from predators? Use the COSI Connects Nature Kit as your guide while you explore and learn about the science behind plants, animals, and ecosystems - including those living in your own backyard! Recommended grades: K-8.

$30 ($25 for COSI Members) + Sales Tax

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Each Kit comes with a colorful and engaging activity book for the learner complete with activity instructions, career connections, space to record their findings, activity pages, and more.
Below are additional materials that can be found in the Kit to accompany each activity. Some supplies may be used for multiple activities.

Animal Hide and Seek
 Animal Cutout sheet

What’s For Dinner?
 Food Web Cards

 Child’s binoculars

What’s a Watershed?
 Blank sheet of paper
 Spray bottle
 Glue dots

 Matching picture cards

Bonus Activity: Create Your Own Water Filter
 Paper cups
 Plastic cup
 Coffee filters

Each COSI Connects Nature Kit is filled with engaging, hands-on STEM activities. COSI’s education experts have created these activities to encourage inquiry-driven learning and reinforce Ohio's Learning standards.

Animal Hide and Seek - How do animals hide from predators or sneak up on prey in nature? Create an animal that can successfully hide in the room using clever camouflage. Kit includes activity instructions, animal cutout sheet, scissors, and crayons.

What’s for Dinner? - How do organisms in nature get energy? Learn about producers, consumers, and decomposers as you discuss the flow of energy through a food chain. Then, create your own food web. Kit includes activity instructions, worksheet, yarn, crayons, and paper organism squares.

Birdwatching - Where do plants and animals live? Some live in your own backyard! Can you name any of the birds you see in your backyard or walking down the street? Grab some binoculars and a list of common Ohio birds, and see how many different kinds of birds you can spot! Kit includes activity instructions, backyard birder checklist, pen, and child’s pair of binoculars.

What’s a Watershed? - How do we impact nature? Learn all about watersheds as you build your own watershed model. Kit includes activity instructions, two markers, spray bottle, and glue dots. You will also use your empty box!

Biomimicry - How can we learn from nature? Explore biomimicry as you learn about inventions that were inspired by nature! Then, observe nature to find out what you can learn from it! Includes activity instructions, space to take notes, eight color activity cards, and child’s pair of binoculars for making observations.

With this box, you will receive a bonus activity that is all about water quality! Can you build the perfect water filter? Supplies include paper cups, a plastic cup, coffee filters, and a pen.

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