I tried to sell Ben on a bird watcher costume (to go with Emma’s flamingo get-up) but that wasn’t exotic enough for our little guy. But the idea of trekking through far-away lands in search of wild and elusive species appealed to his sense adventure and fondness for extravagant playing.
Same costume, different name.
Necessary gear for
bird watchers jungle explorers:
A waterproof field notebook (necessary both for field scientists and toddlers):
Binoculars and a pith helmet:
Rookie mistake: not learning how to use your fancy gear until after you’ve arrived at your exotic destination.
Taking notes: I think I’ll have mac and cheese for lunch.
Is that the elusive, adorably exotic GREATER FLAMINGO?! By golly, I believe it is!!
[Many costume accessories came from our collection at home; similar items are linked, below]
Pith Helmet (with a glued-in foam ring to make it fit my kid)
Binoculars. (Or this one if you really want to channel your retro british explorer look).
Birding Vest, the more pockets the better.