Kids Outdoor Explorer Kit from Amazon

Kids Outdoor Explorer Kit from Amazon – Review

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I bought this Kids Outdoor Explorer Kit from Amazon for my 3-year-old daughter at Christmas. Although, we were not able to make use of it at the time due to the good old great British weather.

But now the weather is warming up, we’ve been able to get outdoors and give it a go.

Being lucky enough to live over the road from the New Forest National Park we have the perfect place to go bug hunting. With the sun shining on a chilly day, dog in toe, that’s exactly what we did.

What’s Included?

This nifty little kit is packed full of bug-hunting goodies. Here is exactly what is included in the box –

  • Torch – with a hand crank design. Just squeeze the handle to charge up. No batteries needed!
  • Binoculars – with 5x power magnification! Comes with a neck string that has a pull quick-release closure and a carry case.
  • Compass – Better suited for slightly older children but a great educations addition.
  • Butterfly Net
  • Magnifying Glass – with 4x magnification.
  • Tweezersย 
  • Bug Catcher Tongsย 
  • Bug Container – with plastic side to separate two compartments & built-in magnifyer.
  • 5 Plastic Bugsย 
  • Drawstring Bag
  • Kids Information Book on Insects

First thoughts?

Before our first explorer day, I hadn’t even broken the seal on the box since Christmas.

I wanted to keep everything safe inside as my 3-year-old would have surely lost most of it in those black holes we seem to have around the house.

Upon opening the box for the first time, I was quietly impressed with how everything was individually packaged and neatly packed. The compass & torch had their own boxes and everything else was cellophane bagged or wrapped.

Unwrapping all the bits and pieces was a huge part of the fun as our little monster got so excited to see & investigate everything as they were removed from their packaging.

After inspecting all the little bits and pieces, I was confident everything was of good quality. I wasn’t concerned about anything breaking easily or my little monster hurting herself on anything.

Having a drawstring bag was a huge bonus to hold everything in one place.

Putting it to use?

Our first explorer trip was to the New Forest, which conveniently is only a few minute’s walk away. As soon as we got to our usual dog walking spot we wasted no time looking for bugs.

While hubby got to work lifting fallen logs and rummaging around the undergrowth using the dog’s ball thrower (much to the dog’s disgust), our little monkey used her magnifying glass to inspect each little creature daddy got in his hand.

My job was clearly photo taker and coat carrier and that was perfectly fine with me!

Little legs used the bug container to hold some of the bugs in while we inspected them further. In the picture, you can see one of the bugs we caught was a centipede.

Once we had a good look at each one, we made sure to put them back where we found them.

We spent a good 30 minutes walking around, finding new spots to find bugs. Once we’d finished, all our tools went back into the drawstring bag which little legs was more than happy to carry on her back.

We’ve also used this kit in the garden. One of monster’s favorite games is for us to hide the plastic bugs that come with the kit, around the garden for her to go and find with her binocular and magnifying glass. She catches them in the net and then it’s her turn to hide them and our turn to find them.

This keeps her entertained for ages.

Overall quality?

I genuinely thought the overall quality of the kit was great. Everything seemed to be well made and perfect for little hands.

I was particularly impressed with the quality of the binoculars. My daughter had another pair she used which, being for kids, unsurprisingly didn’t really do a great deal. This set, though, actually work.

Obviously, being for little eyes, you can’t expect great things, but they were much better than her previous pair.

Final thoughts

For the many hours of educational fun this kit has already provided, I personally thought it was a great buy.

It’s advertised for kids aged between 3 & 10 and I’d say this is the perfect age range for this product.

Our monster really enjoys playing and using it on our little trips out and about and has nicknamed the drawstring bag the Dora the Explorer bag.

Whether it’s a forest walk or just a local walk around the area, this kit really helps transform a simple dog walk into a great adventure.

How to get your Kids Outdoor Explorer Kit?

As the title suggests, I got mine from Amazon. If you would like to get your own, click the link below. You will also be doing me a favour as I may earn a very small commission from any purchases made through an affiliate link.

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(16) Comments

  1. Seems like a pretty cool kits to get kids interested in nature, just a shame it’s from Amazon given how terrible a company Amazon is. Can you get the kit from anyone place?

    1. One Clueless Mum says:

      That’s true. Amazon doesn’t have the best reputation, especially when it comes to there employees. But they were a lifesaver for many homeschooling parents during the first lockdown when supplies elsewhere had dwindled rapidly.
      I believe you can get very similar versions of the kit through Argos & eBay.

  2. This looks like a great kit, a brilliant way to get kids out and exploring along with an educational aspect. Not sure my older girls would like it they are typical girls and hate bugs and crawling but the younger ones would love it.

    I know too well what you mean about the black holes around the house, they are everywhere ๐Ÿ˜‚.

  3. This is so cool! I love this- and just in time for Spring, too! Thank you for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Oh what a fab idea! I reckon our three year old would love this so will definitely have a look xx

    1. One Clueless Mum says:

      It’s great isn’t it! I my 3 year old loves it but we also have a lot of fun as a family with it too.

  5. With spring in the air, it is the perfect time to get out doors and explore. A kit is a great idea to help outline the path you will take. Not opening it until you were ready to use it is a MUST move! My home has endless black holes too . . .
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. One Clueless Mum says:

      Yes, although with the weather where I am at the moment, you wouldn’t think it was spring. Thank you for reading.

  6. This sounds like such a fun kit & I know my 5-year-old daughter would love it too!

    1. One Clueless Mum says:

      It really is great for little kids and big kids alike.

  7. Wow lovely idea, what an awesome opportunity to learn to explore outdoors..

    1. One Clueless Mum says:

      Yes, it’s fab. And encourages the kids to not be afraid of bugs, which is big plus for me.

  8. This is definitely a cool toy. Kids can learn something while having fun.

  9. I’m not a kid. I don’t have kids. But I think even I would want to play around with this! A great way to get kids outdoors and exploring more!

    1. One Clueless Mum says:

      Haha! I agree, it’s great fun!

  10. simplyalexjean says:

    This looks like such an awesome kit for a day of exploring! What a great way to spend the day with family, I’m glad to hear yours enjoyed the time together and learning and growing together! Thanks for sharing this!

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