My boys and I LOVE to spend time outside. My 4 year old has so many questions about nature and the way the world works, so it’s great when we can get out and show him. It’s so exciting to be able to play a part in fostering his love and appreciation for nature, along with Little Bro! The Holidays and Birthdays are coming up, so here I’ve created a list of gift ideas for kids who love nature.
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Gift Ideas for Kids Who Love Nature:
For a Nature Walk:
Binoculars: Every little explorer could use a pair of binoculars! These are great to bring along for nature walks. Any time we forget to bring ours along we miss them! They are great for spying nests up in a tree or to peek at ducks or squirrels from a distance. The GeoSafari Jr. Kidnoculars are great for young children who are just getting used to using binoculars because there is no focus dial to worry about and are specifically made for young children.
Take-Along Guides: I recently found these kids field guides and love them! They are geared towards young children, yet packed with information, and have beautiful illustrations. In the birds guide kids learn how to help children identify birds as well as learn about nests and eggs. There also guides about bugs, trees, wildflowers, animal signs, and more. I’d personally love to collect them all for nature walks.
Nature Scope: This is basically like a little portable microscope for kids to take along on nature adventures. Kids collect small items, put them in the containers. The magnifier rotates so they can get an up-close view!
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Gifts to Explore Plants:
Sprout & Grow Window: This is a great way to see how plant grow right up close! Kids can see how roots grow because of the thin, see-through growing container. It also comes with a guide for them to record changes.
Glow ‘n Grow Terrarium: With this kit, kids can make their own miniature eco-system and study the life-cycle of plants. It also come with stickers to decorate and personalize it. Some stickers glow-in-the-dark, so the terrarium looks different at night. How fun!
Science on a Garden Adventure: This is a kit that comes with learning activities and science experiments. I haven’t personally tried this on yet, but it’s rated for ages 4+ and a lot of these activities looks like things my preschooler and I can do together. With this kit you can test the pH of soil, make a sundial, learn about seeds, and much more. This Nature Series also includes a Science on a Nature Walk Kit.
Check out this guide for more educational gift ideas for young kids.
Gifts to Explore Insects:
Insect Lore Original Butterfly Garden: We have done this two years in a row and plan on doing it again when it warms up – it’s just so awesome! This kit comes with a butterfly habitat and a voucher for a cup of caterpillars. You get to watch the caterpillars grow right before your eyes, observe them make chrysalids, and them emerge as butterflies! It was so fun for my boys to watch all of this and they were excited to release their butterflies. The habitat is reusable, so I’m excited to order more caterpillars next year and do it again!
Backyard Safari Wet/Dry Field Kit: Backyard Safari Adventures has a lot of great things for little nature explorers. This kit is great because it comes with both a vacuum and a net for bug catching, a magnifying container to put them in, and a set of “field tools” to help with the expedition.
Live Ladybug Land: This is another great gift idea from Insect Lore. It is a habitat all ready to house ladybugs that you order with the included voucher when you are ready for them. My boys are both so fascinated by lady bugs (as am I) and with this kit, kids are able to see them up close without them flying away. It’s a really great way to observe them!
Camp: This board game by Education Outdoors is called “the game that grows with you” because it includes players at different levels. There are different questions based on the players ability. Questions are based on animals and nature, so it’s a fun educational game that the family can play together!
For more fun, check out this list of the best board games for young kids
Also be sure to check out this great list of gift guides for preschoolers and kindergartners!