Gear, games and toys matched to the skills of young ones.
Many parents try to find ways to get their kids playing and exploring outside, and it’s not a bad idea to get them started with a toy or game geared to their level of play and interaction. Here are a few gifts to get boys and girls interested, curious and exploring outdoor pursuits.
Fishing Camp Board Game
Fishing Camp is the newest outdoors-themed game being introduced by Education Outdoors, and is a recipient of The Toy Man® Seal of Approval. To play Fishing Camp, each player rolls the dice and moves his or her boat that number of spaces forward on the board. If the boat stops on a green lily pad the die is passed to the next player, but if the boat stops on a yellow lily pad the player draws a Fishing Camp trivia card. If the player answers the question on the card correctly, he or she rolls again. Half of the trivia cards in the deck feature images of types of fish on them. If a player draws a fish card and answers the question about the fish correctly, he or she keeps the card. A player may “catch” 5 fish per turn before having to throw one back. Also, some of the Fishing Camp trivia cards have a special GPS icon on them. If a player draws a GPS card and answers the question on the card correctly, he or she is allowed to take a shortcut to the docks. Players have to try and avoid landing on a “Go To Shore Lunch Island” spot during their turn. If their boat does have to go to shore, the player reads a Fishing Camp fun fact for all to hear and then the turn ends. The first player to park their boat back at the docks with a fish on board is declared the winner of the game. Fishing Camp is rated for ages 4 an up and can be played by 2-8 people. Fishing Camp retails for $24.99. The game can be purchased at www.educationoutdoors.net.
Insect Lore Butterfly Garden
There’s a lot of amazement to be had watching insects, and this kit lets your kids watch and participate as caterpillars transform to butterflies. Raise five Painted Lady butterflies while learning all about metamorphosis with this award-winning Butterfly Garden. After observing your butterflies, experience the joy of releasing them into your backyard! Includes colorful habitat, coupon for five butterfly larvae with special food, and complete instructions. Three butterflies are guaranteed to be perfect specimens. Please allow approximately three weeks for your larvae to develop. During extremely hot or cold weather, delivery of live larvae may be delayed. Available only in the Continental U.S. and Alaska. Ages four & up. Retails approx. $19.99.
Bear Archery 1st Shot Bow Set
The Bear Archery 1st Shot Bow Set is the ideal beginning bow for your young archer. It’s good for boys or girls ages (approximately) 4 to 7. It’s 36” long, with a 14”-16” draw length and an 8-12 lb. draw weight. It features durable composite limbs to stand up to rough treatent. Fits right or left-hand. Set includes: two Safetyglass™ arrows, armguard, quiver, finger tab, and target. Retails for $25.99.
The Snipe Hunt
Snipe Hunt is an indoor or outdoor game of hide-and-seek where players try to be the first to find their opponent’s Snipe and return it to its nest. To play, the teams choose an area that will be the Snipe nest and two areas to hide their Snipes. Each team turns their Snipe on and disappears to find the best hiding place for them. In five minutes the Snipes will begin chirping and their eyes will start flashing red so teams must hurry to get back to the nest before they giveaway the direction their Snipe is hiding. Once both Snipes are hidden, the hunt begins! The first team to return their opponents Snipe to the nest is the winner. Each game comes with two snipes, (named Biela and Smartin) and a Snipe nest. The packaging tells the story behind the legendary campfire animals. For more information on the game, including rules, visit www.educationoutdoors.net. Snipe Hunt retails for $24.99 and can be purchased at Bass Pro Shops, Cabelas, Books a Million stores and specialty retailers nationwide.
NXT Generation Toy Crossbow
For older kids, a very durable toy crossbow that calls on eye-hand and sighting skills. This functional crossbow provides hours of fun in the outdoors. Includes a sight, 6 foam projectiles (3 hook ‘n’ loop and 3 suction), and a window cling target. More foam shots can be bought separately. This crossbow can get kids practicing their aim while they get excited for hunts that they might go on down the road. Ages 14 and up. Retails for about $24.99.