Holiday Gift Guide for kids : Gifts for animal loving explorers
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We have a wild life enthusiast at home; a little girl who will run towards a bug (except bees and wasps because she learnt a bitter lesson that we don’t paint those guys) or any animal to further observe. I’m sure almost all the kids love animals. If you have one such kid you are shopping for, you can use this guide as a good starting point. This list is ideally suited for kids age 2-5 years.
Any wild life loving explorer should have a magnifying glass on their everyday adventures to parks, nature walks or simply their backyard. It is fun to look at bugs and leaves up close and personal. This Melissa and Doug product comes in both “boy colors” and “girl colors”. My pre schooler has been using this product for the last 2 years.
Where will your explorer store her nature walk finds? This is advertized as a bug box, but it doesn’t have to strictly be one. We have observed many bugs ( not the ones that are alive). More than anything else, this has served as our must-have for hikes and nature walks and has been a big part of many pretend play scenes ; usually a house for the animals.
Kids binoculars just like the magnifying glass and bug box is a staple for little explorers both indoors and outdoors.
How about after dinner backyard exploration? Your young explorers need a cool flashlight? This one will serve that purpose.
A complete explorer’s kit
I would personally get this amazing kit for an animal loving explorer on your gift list. It has everything a young backyard explorer would need.
Explorer Role Play Costume
Critter Clinic – Vet Set
Animal lovers and explorers love to care for the same animals too. This adorable set comes with everything your little veterinarian will need to take care of the animals. It also has a animals as pretend patients.
Safari LTD Wild Toob
Safari makes great pocket-friendly animal figures that can be used in numerous pretend play scenes. Combine with play dough, dirt, sand or throw them in a sensory box you will have child entertained for hours. The TOOBs come many in many themes : wild animals, farm animals, prehistoric animals, bugs.
Melissa & Doug Fold and Go Mini Barn
Animal Planet Mommy and Baby Play Set
Does you kid group all his/her animals into little families? A tiger always has a mommy, daddy and a sibling? This would be perfect for an animal loving kid.
Animal Planet Super Treehouse Playset
Look how fun and gorgeous the play set! This is endless hours of animal play for your little people. If you are a DIY person, check out this amazing homemade tree house for the animals from Childhood 101.
All animal loving kids should own at least one of these glorious Schleich animals. They are well-made, accurate high quality animal figurines which parents and kids will love at the first sight.
Special Mention : Homemade gift for your explorer.
I have a perfect homemade gift for a little explorer. Go check out Debbie at Go Explore Nature. An awesome blog about being with kids outdoors and connecting with nature. She has a tutorial for an amazing roly-poly terrarium. It is very simple to make and the receiver would be thrilled. (Can’t say much about the parents!)
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I don’t want leave you without any gift related to our beloved pre historic animals : Dinosaurs
For a comprehensive list of dinosaur gifts, please visit 3dinosaurs.
For a fantastic list of dinosaur books to give your dino-obsessed kid please visit Montessori Tidbits
Happy Holidays and hope these suggestions serve a base for all your gift shopping needs. Don’t forget to check out these great gift suggestions from my favorite blogs.
Fun Gifts Beyond Toys by No Twiddle Twaddle,
Book + Toy Companion Gifts by What Do We Do All Day?,
Best Art Supplies for Kids by To Train Up a Child,
Gifts to Inspire the Imagination by The Pleasantest Thing,
Educational Games by True Aim Education,
Basic/Traditional Toys by Creative Playhouse,
Therapeutic and Fun Gift Ideas for Child Development by Creative Learning Fun,
Top Toys for Babies by B-InspiredMama,
Top Toys for Curious Kids by KC Edventures,
Educational/ Headache Free Toys for Christmas and Hanukkah by CAUTION: Twins at Play,
4 Gift Ideas for Everyone: Want, Wear, Need, and Read by Home Learning Journey,
Gifts that Inspire Pretend Play by Connecting Family and Seoul,
My Favorite Books and Toys for Preschoolers by Mama Miss,
Educational Toys for Preschoolers by The Freckled Homeschooler,
Montessori Inspired Toys by Smiling Like Sunshine,
Gift Ideas for Older Kids (9-12) by Kitchen Counter Chronicles,
Toys for the Classroom by Teach Preschool,
Gift Ideas for Budding Readers by Mom 2 to Posh Lil Dives,
Stocking Stuffers: A Teacher’s Top 10 by Kindergarten & Preschool for Parents & Teachers,
Book Ideas for Everyone on Your List by Pragmatic Mom,
Toys that Stand the Test of Time by Mamas Like Me,
Top Board Games for Kids and Families by Coffee Cups and Crayons
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Thanks so much for the mention! I love the Fisher-Price Kid-Tough Binoculars. Perfect for my rough & tumble Little Explorer. Happy holidays!
Hope to see that outdoor toys post from you Debbie.
What a great selection of animal related toys that all kids would love!
What wonderful toys to play with!