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Goin' Explorin' with reCAP! A modern twist for kids (& kids at heart) to explore nature in a Mason jar. Catch me. Watch me. Let me go!
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The first ever GLOW-IN-THE-DARK MAGNIFIER for Mason jars!

Art and design come together to create a fun and memorable experience for all ages to explore nature! We are excited to introduce the reCAP EXPLORE, Goin’ Explorin’ storybook, and downloadable activity book. 

The reCAP EXPLORE is a plastic flip cap for Regular Mouth Mason jars. It features a removable magnifying lid with breathe holes that allows kids (and adults, too) to get a closer look at the natural environment.

Catch critters and crawlers, observe them, and then release them back into their natural habitats. When not attached to the jar, the reCAP Explore can be used alone to see the intricate details of flowers, leaves, shells, and many of nature's amazing wonders. 

The Goin' Explorin' storybook tells the tale of two wide-eyed young explorers who meet and embark upon an adventure of discovery. Along the journey, the two friends light up the night by catching fireflies in a Mason jar. 

Developed by educators and inspired by children, the Explore Activity Book download includes fun activities, bug facts, and yummy, kid-friendly recipes!

The reCAP Explore will fit any Regular-Mouth standard Mason jar (including many 16 oz. plastic peanut butter jars such as Justin's). This allows you flexibility as a parent to choose a glass jar that perhaps has been passed down through the years, or recycle a plastic jar. It screws on easily (even for smaller hands), and once a critter is found, the little explorer flips it open to catch, closes it, and looks through the breathable magnifier. After getting a good look, flip the cap open again to release and keep on exploring.

Many of us have memories of catching fireflies (lightning bugs) in Mason jars – usually with a homemade topper punched with holes. The reCAP Explore is a modern twist on this time-honored tradition – a way for today's kids to experience the fun we did (and our parents and grandparents).  The magnifying cap has breathe holes so that our creepy crawly friends can safely be observed before being released.

Karen Rzepecki, inventor and problem-solving-mom, created her first product right here on Kickstarter back in 2011. The success of The Original reCAP Pour gave rise to a new company, the reCAP FLIP and now this third product. The reCAP EXPLORE is a result of her own memories catching bugs as a child, as well as how her son, now grown, would catch them when he was just a little boy. Karen reminisces of those days, saying of her son, “He’s just as curious about the world today as he was back then – it’s this interest in nature that inspired me to make the Mason jar Explore cap especially for kids.”

Several reward categories include the Goin' Explorin' storybook by author, Mary Moodey, and illustrated by Justin Wisniewski. Sharing this story and product with others, Karen, Mary, and Justin hope to create lasting memories and traditions to unite family and friends and to inspire a love and curiosity for the natural world. 

Please add $10 to your pledge for each additional book or cap. If successfully funded you will receive a survey to specify the color of caps and number of additional caps and books.

We're proud to be a member of 1% for the Planet, pledging to donate 1% of reCAP EXPLORE sales to support non-profit organizations focused on sustainability!

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The part design and mold design are complete. The material has been received and we are ready to cut steel. We are confident in our abilities to bring to you a quality-made, well-engineered product, along with our plastics manufacturer right here in our hometown of Erie, PA. All of our products, including the reCAP Explore, are Made in America!

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    THANK YOU! Receive an 'EXPLORE Activity Book' download with crafts, recipes and bug facts.

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    EARLY BIRD: One (1) Explore Cap + One (1) Goin’ Explorin’ Storybook + Activity Book Download

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    DISCOVER: One (1) Explore Cap + One (1) Goin’ Explorin’ Storybook + Activity Book Download

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    EXPLORE STARTER KIT: One (1) Explore Cap + One (1) Plastic Mason Jar + One (1) Goin’ Explorin’ Storybook + Activity Book Download

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    GET ONE, GIVE ONE: You GET: One (1) Explore Cap + One (1) Plastic Mason Jar + One (1) Goin' Explorin’ Storybook + Activity Book Download; and One (1) Explore Cap + One (1) Plastic Mason Jar is donated to a child who cannot afford one. (We will collect all the donated caps and give them to worthy organizations all at once. You can’t use the Give One option for your own or to choose the organization. You will receive updates of the selected organizations.)

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    COLLECTOR EDITION: One (1) Explore Cap + One (1) Plastic Mason Jar + One (1) Goin’ Explorin’ Storybook (signed by author) + 11X14 Commemorative Print (signed by artist) + Activity Book Download

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