You don't need binoculars to spot beautiful creatures or count birds, but having a tool can help kids feel more "official." Having a tool that helps kids direct where they are looking, so can naturally help kids focus. If you have some, give kids the chance to play around with kid-sized binoculars or make your own using toilet paper tubes! Here's how.
Kids love tools and props, especially the ones that adults tend to use. Props enhance pretending or make real moments in which kids are part of something, like the Great Backyard Bird Count, feel even more real to kids. Plus, a tool like binoculars, real or cardboard, do literally focus kids' visual frame, helping them to practice how focus on just what they see. And, we know that the ability to focus is critical for all learning!