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Be a scientist at home and find specimens where you live. Use your scientific skills, make observations, ask questions and look for evidence.
A specimen is an object from nature that we can learn from. It could be anything from a leaf collected on a walk to the spider hanging around the bathroom. Choose something that interests you, but be careful not to disturb any living animals. Be patient and watch quietly from a distance.
Look closely and try to see something you haven't noticed before. Use the investigation toolkit if you are stuck.
This activity is more about using scientific skills than learning facts. Here are some questions that might be useful:
Draw what you can see, and describe, it using as many adjectives as you can. Try to be precise by taking measurements - how much does it weigh, how long is it? You can record it on an investigate recording sheet (PDF) which can be printed at home.
You don't have to know anything about your specimen. Investigations are about looking closely, asking questions and searching for clues.
You could also make a journal to record your investigation in. Use our How to make a nature journal video for tips.