Spring is here! The Sun is out! And now is the time we think about all the lovely outdoorsy things we can do with the kids over the summer. I thought I’d compile a little list of all the nature gift ideas for kids that encourage kids to get outside or enjoy their gardens, just in case you should be after some outdoor present ideas for kids!
Nature Gifts for Kids
Den Making Kit
This Den Making Kit from Mulberry Bush been an absolute hit with the kids! It’s a gift that promotes real independence, as soon as it arrived my 7 and 9 year-olds got dressed in five minutes flat at 8 o’clock on a Saturday morning and went outside to try and build their den. They managed to assemble it all by themselves with a little ‘knot help’ but for younger children this would also be a really nice family activity idea. From playing with their den kit, my kids have learnt how to tie knots, how to bash tent pegs in and team work to decide where the den should go. The kit comes with a wooden carved mallet which my kids loved – it made them feel like a proper grown up! This is a brilliant present idea for summer long escapades!
Willow and Wild Subscription Boxes
These monthly nature subscription boxes from Willow and Wild are a perfect gift idea that lasts all year round! They contain craft ideas and gardening activities which help your children engage and connect with nature – helping them learn about and interact with plants, insects and the seasons. They offer 4 subscription terms, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months, as well as a month by month box. Every 3/6/12 month subscription customer also receives a free gift with their first box. Willow & Wild Box also offer a one-off large box, ideal as a birthday gift, or for the avid little gardener, along with a selection of children’s gardening products. We loved our Willow and Wild box – particularly planting our seeds and we already have a little sprout growing which caused great excitement. I love that our box had recipe cards in with ideas for recipes that we can try with the vegetables that we grow – Finlay is checking our peas daily! I love that these boxes teach children about nature in a really fun way and the boxes are letterbox size which is very handy.
Gardening Tool Set
This is perfect for children who are showing an interest in gardening and love digging and exploring. This beautiful set includes a hand trowel, hand fork and gloves. These items are all kept neatly together in a perfect tool bag. This has ample room inside, in addition to the pockets arranged around the outside, to carry other items they find in the garden! They can also be personalised, making them great presents. You can find this and more garden related kid’s items at Born Gifted.
Hello Nature Activity Cards
These are a lovely set of pocket-sized cards, perfect for little adventurers to take along for a walk in the woods, holidays on the beach, or just whilst pottering in their own back garden. They feature thirty fun activities to try, from stone skimming and pond dipping, to making feather quill pens. There are lots of activities the whole family will be able to do together so it’s a great present idea for the Summer Holidays too. Chakrabarti’s illustrations in the Hello Nature Activity Cards show how `to identify a tree from its seed, how a frog is different from a toad, where to find the Big Dipper, and much more. We’ve only tried a handful of these ideas but I love that this is a present that will last a long while!
Outdoor Play Prompts
These little cards are a very handy and clever idea from Play Hooray! which I’ve found have a lovely selection of gift ideas that would be great for new mums or birthdays too – they have everything from ‘First Year Play Prompts’ to ‘Letter and Number Play Prompts’. These Outdoor Play prompts come in a little box so they would be good for taking on holiday. The ideas have been put together to make outdoors fun super simple, and contain a mix of sensory, exploratory, creative, messy and imaginative activities for all types of weather and outdoor spaces.
Find Something Fascinating Nature Notebooks
If you’re off on a walk or nature adventure with your little ones then you’ll love these Nature Notebooks from Mrs Booth on Etsy. These are great presents for a variety of ages (I also think they’d make brilliant pass-the-parcel or party bag presents). Our Elodie, aged 9, really wanted to start a nature journal and so was delighted with these. They contain 40 pages to draw and write about your favourite nature discoveries so encourage children to explore and record their discoveries. Every nature notebook comes with a FREE colourful nature badge and there are three Nature Notebooks to choose from – Town, Country and Seashore so these are perfect to take on holiday.
Nature Books to encourage Exploration!
Franklin Frog and Cora Caterpillar from Books and Pieces
These books from Books and Pieces are a brilliant way to introduce children to nature. Franklin Frog and Cora Caterpillar by Emily Tranter take readers on a journey through the life of a frog; explaining all the details of how it lives. There are beautiful pictures which my 4 year old adores but these books work for older children too as they have an interesting but factual narrative, friendly characters, fascinating facts and graphic illustrations about life cycles. My 7 and 9 year old also enjoyed the scientific aspects of the book. These would definitely make excellent presents because they are high quality books with lovely illustrations. We all enjoyed the pictures of the life cycles at the end which make them easy to remember.
Little Walks, Big Adventures by Erin Buhr
I absolutely loved this book! ‘Little Walks, Big Adventures’ provides lots of uncomplicated but unique ideas for toddlers that you can use right away. I love the simplicity of creating a restaurant outdoors with your kids using magazines for menu inspiration but also the idea of a photo walk around your neighbourhood! The ‘Bring, Consider, Notice sections’ are a lovely touch which talks you through how to set up outdoor adventures with your kids. I loved how this book inspires us to look to our own neighbourhood to provide all kinds of adventures – there is no need to venture further afield. Not only does the book empower parents to encourage fun learning opportunities but it inspires the reader to look at their world in a new way.
This book is packed full of things to do outside with kids aged 5-10 years old. Each activity is described in easy language and illustrated with engaging graphics. The activities range from 10 minutes to hours and hours of fun. Some require creativity, make-believe or physical exertion but they are all outside. Perfect for rainy days, sunshiny days, even snowy days. Examples of the 101 activities are:
- Weave a bird’s nest
- Set up a potion lab
- Hold a mini Olympics
- Build a human sundial
- Capture animal tracks
- Make a rain gauge
- Make a snow maze.
Hope you enjoyed these ideas to help kids get outside and exploring. What are your kids favourite things to do outside? If you’d like more encouragement for helping your kids to explore outside, this post on How to Encourage Environmental Awareness in Children showcases some brilliant ideas.
*We were gifted these items in exchange for a review but I do genuinely love them and have bought duplicates for friends and relatives as birthday gifts because we enjoyed them so much! All thoughts, words and photos are my own*