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Recommended collectable items

Following is a list of items that can be collected during field trips or by students’ families, and stored for use in the science programme.

For storing these items, large four-litre margarine or mayonnaise plastic containers are useful. They are often available from restaurants.

  • Bones (for precautions when handling bones, feathers, and birds’ nests. See the printed version, page 32 of Safety and Science: A Guidance Manual for New Zealand Schools.
  • Feathers
  • Birds’ nests (preferably stored in zip-lock plastic bags)
  • Shells
  • Cones (from pine and conifer trees)
  • Stones, rocks, and minerals
  • Leaf skeletons
  • Sand
  • Dried insects
  • Fishing floats
  • Pressed leaves and flowers
  • Seeds
  • Old appliances or toys
  • Cross-sections of tree trunks.