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.
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.
- Bug Catcher Tongs
- Bug Container – with plastic side to separate two compartments & built-in magnifyer.
- 5 Plastic Bugs
- Drawstring Bag
- Kids Information Book on Insects
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.
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.
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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