This month, we have been invited by Uncle Milton to check out some of their latest National Geographic Outdoor Explorer toys. These have been perfect summer toys to enjoy in the great outdoors. My kids have really enjoyed exploring with their new "tools."
During a recent day at the beach, we took the 4-in-1 Explorer Navigation Tool (see above) and the kids had fun learning more about north, south, east, and west using the compass and determining the temperature throughout the day. It also has a whistle (which we didn't use too much on the beach :) ) and a signal mirror so I explained to the kids how this would be helpful for them if they were out hiking etc.
Next we checked out the All-Terrain Nature Collector. This toy was awesome- definitely my kids' favorite of the bunch. It is basically a grabber toy but at the end of the grabbing mechanism, there is collection dome so the kids can collect critters without having to touch them. This was great fun at the beach where the kids collected sand crabs and other little creatures as they came in with the waves. It is very easy to use - easy to catch little critters, study them and release them back to where they belong. LOVED this!
Finally, we checked out the Earth Tag. This was a close second favorite for my son. The Earth Tag is basically a sling shot with soft "earth" balls included that are used as a game to target different things in nature- hit your target and score in the game. Like I said, my son had fun with this one but as a parent, I thought that it was important to make sure that if younger kids were a part of the game they knew what were appropriate targets (i.e. - not other people or animals.) The game is recommended for ages 8+ so I think it is best to keep it in this older age range.