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37 Best Toys to Inspire Epic Adventures and Outdoor Exploration

When the sun is up and the weather is good, it’s a shame when the kids decide to be glued to the television or tablet. Inspire them to take to the fresh air outside with this great list of outdoor toys that has a budget to fit any household.

toys for adventurers

Little Passports

Little Passports

Give your child the gift of adventure with this subscription package that delivers a package with great ideas about a different global location every week. There’s also a US edition that gives gifts based around 2 different US states each month. Let them explore the world around them from their own house.

Magnetic Future Map

Magnetic Future Map

Give your kids a different view of the world with this high quality map printed on silk coated paper and produced by cartographers in the United Kingdom. This particular map shows an equal-area projection which displays each county in the correct proportions to each other. With stainless steel balls to mark places of interest.

Utex Automatic Instant Play Tent

Utex Automatic Instant Play Tent

This fun tent has a high density PVC frame which gives strong support and removes any worry of collapse. With a large hexagonal design, there’s plenty of space for children to play in large numbers and the whole tent is easy to set up from the provided carry bag.

Prices Vary


Nature Bound Bug Catcher with Habitat Bucket

Nature Bound Bug Catcher with Habitat Bucket

Let them get up close and personal with some creepy crawlies with this 7 piece bug catcher set. Apprehending the creatures is easy with the supplied net, tongs and tweezers before placing the animals in a handy 3-part habitat. A powerful magnifier means you can get check the bugs out in detail.

$19.98


Ben Franklin Toys Geology Lab Pad Science Kit

Ben Franklin Toys Geology Lab Pad Science Kit

This great STEM geology set will keep them amused for hours as they learn with 12 geological activities and real life experiments. There’s an oozing erupting volcano, gems to collect and a treasure dig. The whole set is kept neatly together with the included examination lab. With 30 supplied tools.

$34.80


Backyard Safari Flashlight

Backyard Safari Flashlight

For kids looking to go exploring in the dark, this flashlight is a perfect gift and will keep them in the picture. With a rugged design and bright white LEDs, this torch is perfect for spotting animals and making your way back to base camp. The flashlight is powered by the included 2xAAA batteries.

Prices Vary


Walkie Talkies for Kids

Walkie Talkies for Kids

For those kids looking for adventure, this pair of walkie-talkies will be an absolute must. There are 22 available channels and a range of 6 km so you will never lose track of each other. With crisp sound and a hands free function included, these are a top set of outdoor toys.

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Outdoor Exploration Kit

Outdoor Exploration Kit

When you want to go exploring you need to make sure you are well kitted out. This 6 in 1 pack ensures you are so equipped by providing you with binoculars, compass, self-energizing flashlight, magnifying glass, whistle and a secure case for carrying your items. Be prepared with this terrific set.

$24.95

Walkie Chalk

Walkie Chalk

Remember getting down on your knees to draw with chalk on a pavement. Well forget scuffed knees and ruined trousers with this clever gadget for writing with chalk that won’t have you bending down to the pavement. A clever tool that just makes things easier.

Coleman Kids Wonder Lake Dome Tent

Coleman Kids Wonder Lake Dome Tent

The best way to get kids to experience the outdoors is to let them sleep out in a tent. To ease any fears you will need a quality tent such as this one from Coleman, which is quality manufactured in Cambodia. It sleeps 2 persons and will keep out the wind and rain.

$52.79


White Sailing Ship Kite

White Sailing Ship Kite

This unusual kite will have kids busting to see how it flies and will astonish others wondering why they see a ship sailing through the air. The kite is handmade by Balinese artisans from nylon and locally sourced bamboo and is designed to soar or make a great center-piece on anyone’s mantelpiece.

Collapsible Beach Pail

Collapsible Beach Pail

Everyone’s overloaded going to the beach with all the assorted paraphernalia but now you can take your bucket and spade under your arm for easy carrying. This bucket is collapsible and will go almost flat, making it easy to stack or store. A new view of a traditional outdoor toy.

Children's World Map

Children's World Map

This laminated map is a great way to help teach children about our world and let them interact with it. The four corners of the map show the seven wonders of the world, the solar system, cloud types and ecosystems. Sturdy grommets make it easy to place on the wall.

Bug Repellent Slap Bracelet

Bug Repellent Slap Bracelet

It’s great to get out into the fresh air but when the wind dies down the day can be ruined by mosquitos or midges. Now you can protect against these pests by wearing this simple bracelet that holds a small amount of citronella to push away those winged nasty’s that want to bite you.

Discover with Dr. Cool Crack Your Own Geodes

Discover with Dr. Cool Crack Your Own Geodes

Let your child get close to nature with this clever kit which allows them to break open geodes of various sizes. Inside they will find crystals such as quartz, calcite, fluorite or possibly amethyst. A great way to start a rock collection and understand more geology.

$24.99


A Walk in the Woods: Into the Field Guide

A Walk in the Woods: Into the Field Guide

When you want to go exploring the outdoors, it’s probably best to know how to do that and what to see. This portable guidebook is a unique hands-on introduction to critters, trees, flowers and rocks found all over North America. Includes a guide to edible berries and animal track charts.

$20.60


Little Backyard Explorer Insect Bug Viewer Collecting Kit

Little Backyard Explorer Insect Bug Viewer Collecting Kit

Let your young ones check out the bugs crawling through your back yard and garden with this 7 piece set. With an included butterfly net, bug catcher, tweezers, transfer capsule and bug carriers with magnification windows, there’s plenty for them to get stuck into. ASTM tested and certified with non-toxic materials.

$9.99


Nature Bound Cargo Vest

Nature Bound Cargo Vest

This jacket is great for exploring and comes in a one size fits mostly everyone of around 5 years and up. It has 4 cargo pockets and a pen pocket for treasure. There are also 7 orange loops for carabineers to be attached to and a durable zipper at the front.

$24.99


Color Your Own Map Pillowcase

Color Your Own Map Pillowcase

Let them lay their head down on a map of their own creation with this color-in pillow case. With the included fully washable colored fabric markers, kids can color in the world presented to them before resting their head. And after laundry day, when the colors will wash out, they can begin again.

Backyard Safari Mini Lantern

Backyard Safari Mini Lantern

For outdoor trips or nights at camp, this lantern will brighten up your world and help you explore the darkness. The light can be clipped, carried or hung and is powered by the included 3xAAA batteries. There is also a water resistant mini lantern with a carabineer clip included.

$12.70


Bugs A to Z

Bugs A to Z

This bug book is a perfect introduction for young explorers keen to get out into the natural world. There’s larger than life full color photography inside to bring creepy crawlies to life, as well as a terrific set of facts and figures to fully understand this small world.

$5.99


Unicorn Sidewalk Chalk Set

Unicorn Sidewalk Chalk Set

These unicorn horn chalk pieces are the perfect size for small hands to use on a sidewalk or pavement and are suitable for pre-school children. With their unique shape they will delight the children and the fascinating colors provided will keep them occupied for hours. Handmade in Philadelphia.

Backyard Exploration Critter Case

Backyard Exploration Critter Case

When thinking of outdoor toys for your kids, don’t pass up this cool gift that will enable them to see backyard creepy crawlies up close. Constructed from a sturdy plastic frame with fabric mesh sides to allow safe observation, the case also features an easy open hatch and stable flat base.

$13.99


Field Microscope Bug Catcher Collection Viewer Set

Field Microscope Bug Catcher Collection Viewer Set

This great little kit will enable children to observe creepy crawlies at close hand using the built in microscope. There’s 6 collection boxes with which to house your insects or leaf material, allowing you to compare different species side by side. Let them get close to nature with this exciting gift.

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Adventure Set

Adventure Set

This 8 piece set will set your child up for exploring the great outdoors for the first time. Containing a 4×30 shock proof binocular, the set also comprises of a flashlight, lensatic compass, whistle, 2 bug catching viewers, a magnifying glass and a large drawstring rucksack. Everything they need to see the outdoor world.

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USA Scratch Map

USA Scratch Map

Get your child thinking about the USA with this fun scratch off map. Every time one of your kids visits a new state they simply scratch off the appropriate section on the map and update their progress around this great nation. A fun way to learn abut their own country.

Little Explorers Pop Up Play Tent with Camping Gear

Little Explorers Pop Up Play Tent with Camping Gear

Get your kids in the way of the outdoor life with this fun playset that will begin to teach them the basics. There’s a collapsible pop-up play tent at the center of this playset and a selection of camping tools including a gas stove, oil lantern, cooking pan, plate and a first aid kit.

$26.93


Scratch Map

Scratch Map

Mark your travels around the world with this fun and educational scratch off map. Under each scratch off section there’s a burst of color to highlight your travels which will then lighten up your room. An innovative and unique way to record your time passing around the earth.

The Kid's Guide to Exploring Nature

The Kid's Guide to Exploring Nature

If you want to inspire your kids to take up the outdoor life then books are a great way to get their interest piqued. Created by the experts at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, this book takes kids on 24 adventures that reveal the ecosystems of plants and animals at the beach, woods or city park.

$12.95


Insect Bug Adventure Set

Insect Bug Adventure Set

Get your kids on the nature trail with this insect bug collection set that allows them to capture and study real life bugs. Each set contains a butterfly net, wrist compass, tweezers, transfer capsule and 2 different bug carriers each with 3x magnification windows. A great gift for observing creepy crawlies.

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Bike Chalk Trail Kit

Bike Chalk Trail Kit

When it comes to outdoor toys, kids love to cycle and also to draw with chalk on the sidewalks or pavements. Now they can combine the two with this clever gadget that allows chalk to be dragged behind the bike and to make fun patterns. A new twist on old ideas.

Unplugged Explorers Outdoor Adventure Kit

Unplugged Explorers Outdoor Adventure Kit

This educational STEM gift for kids gives them the basics to go outside and explore. Containing a 4×30 pair of binoculars, a lensatic compass, a hand powered LED flashlight, magnifying collector, a magnifying glass, a whistle and a backpack, this set will encourage them into outdoor activities.

$21.99


FLYTON Pop Up Beach Tent Shade Shelter

FLYTON Pop Up Beach Tent Shade Shelter

This pop up beach tent is lightweight and portable and also comes with an easy set up and take down. There’s UV protection to counter the effects of the sun using the silver coated fabric, and there’s also an interwoven mesh to keep out the flying insects and still allow air to ventilate the tent.

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CampOutDV Real Binoculars

CampOutDV Real Binoculars

These quality binoculars for kids are great for the outdoor life as they are ergonomically designed but are also shock proof, keeping your binoculars safer for longer. There’s real prism optics inside and the binoculars are also easy to focus for young kids. A great starter for the great outdoors.

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Outdoor Exploration Kit for Adventure

Outdoor Exploration Kit for Adventure

This 9 piece outdoor kit is great for young kids eager to get out into the big wide world. There’s a pair of binoculars, so you can spot birds, and a compass for finding your way, amongst the 9 items in the pack, and the included bag make it all easy to carry.

$21.50


HandTrux Shovel

HandTrux Shovel

This clever little gadget will allow your little one to dig with ease and make the most of times at the beach. The shovel is made of ABS plastic in the USA and will have them dreaming about being large digger operators with its intuitive style.

Kids Backyard Exploration Science Bug Catcher

Kids Backyard Exploration Science Bug Catcher

This convenient little gadget will allow you to view small creatures that you capture. There’s a magnifying glass that will allow the creatures to be seen more clearly and a simple press button enables you to take hold of the insects. A nifty little set to help teach about the real world.

Prices Vary

3 Fun Diy Ideas for Your Little Explorer

Diy Nature Science Summer Camp at Home

Diy Nature Science Summer Camp at Home

Having trouble thinking about what to do with your kids this summer? This blog post will show you how to set up a holiday nature camp with a whole range of ideas for fun things to do. With great color photographs and explanations, this DIY will see you right through summer.

Diy No Sew Teepee

Diy No Sew Teepee

When thinking of ideas for summer, this great little blog post will get your ideas going with detailed instructions on how to make a tee-pee. Perfect for a cooling place on a summers day, there’s great color photographs to help you understand how to make this great item.

Diy Outdoor Water Table

Diy Outdoor Water Table

Make yourself a sensory water table for the summer, to let them explore outside and develop their nature senses. This blog post will take you through the hows and whys of making this great item using detailed photographs where necessary. Something different for those hot summer days.
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