The challenge of any parent during the summer months is keeping your children entertained. As a mother of 3 children that challenge seems to grow just as fast as they do! Recently I was given the opportunity to review a group of children's exploration toys from Backyard Safari Outfitters. When my kids first pulled their essential field gear out of the box they seemed to know right away where they would first explore!
My oldest is nearly 11 and he didn't seem to have much interest in the items. My 8 and 5 year old though it was almost a blood bath who would get to play with what first! Finally it was settled, my middle child would go off on an exploration while my daughter played with the habitat. I really loved that while well packaged the packaging was easy to remove and folded down in to nearly nothing. I really hate when you buy a toy and all you can think is that you paid for the packaging. With tags removed my son put on his vest and binocs and grabs his buttterfly net. Nicholas is a really big bug guy, in fact I often have to tell him he cannot keep rollie pollies inside, or in his pockets lol. So he had a ton of fun playing with these items, needless to say. I caught a couple cute shots of him looking for bugs out in the garden.
The bad thing about binocs is you are often caught while taking pictures of them ;)
It was so great to see my child outside actually using his imagination and exploring. I really think that children are not encouraged enough to use their minds these days. We turn on the tv at an early age and use it as a baby sitter. Or they sit in front of video games for hours on end, so it was great to review a product that got my kids out of the house.
We were really hoping that on our vacation we would be able to find some tadpoles for our habitat but we have not been able to. It says that you are able to order them so once the weather cools a bit I think we will be ordering one. Teaching the children how the world works is very important to us. No worries though my daughter figured out something to do with it :) She just made her other toys a little play place, and yes the scene does change, sometimes several times a day.
I really thought all of these products were well constructed. My children have been playing pretty heavily with these toys for the better part of a month now with no noticeable damage to the product. The fun level they have with them is very high and I would recommend for children ages 4-9, but you know your child best and if they love to explore this essential field gear would be perfect for them.
Backyard Safari Outfitter is available at most major retailers(Walmart, Target, K-Mart etc.) and prices range from $5.99-$39.99 for products. We really look forward to getting their Backyard Safari-COMM EXPERT gear for the children's birthday.
*The above products were received in order to help facilitate this review, regardless all views expressed are those of my own and were in no way influenced.**