Choosing the right gifts for kids who love nature is the perfect way to encourage a connection with the outdoors.
It’s so important that a love of nature is encouraged and nurtured from birth.
Adults can support their children in their natural environment by providing tools and equipment that encourage them to look more closely and wonder at what they find (magnifying glass, shovel, pond nets…)
Being outdoors is great for physical health but is also so important for mental health.
Developing a connection with nature at a young age will also help to make sure that this respect continues into adulthood…and our world needs more nature lovers!
It’s so easy to go out and buy the latest plastic gimmick as a gift for a child but the enthusiasm it brings is often short-lived until it’s discarded to the bottom of the toy chest.
Choosing a gift that will encourage a child to get outdoors and explore nature is giving them a gift for life!
A gift that they can use to explore, learn, experiment and play.
If you want your kids to truly get the best out of their outdoor experiences then the books below come highly recommended.
I currently have these on my kindle and they’re perfect read for busy parents as there’s no plot to follow!
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Dr. Scott Sampson who wrote How to Raise a Wild Child shares some tips for encouraging successful outdoor play in this article.
Gifts for Kids Who Love Nature…
So, we’ve compiled a list of gifts for kids who love nature and kids you want to encourage to get outdoors.
Some are designed to be used outdoors while exploring and others when you’ve returned home and are sipping hot cocoa!
These gifts are guaranteed to put a smile on a child’s face and provide hours of fun.
We’ll start our list of gifts for kids who love nature with these suggestions that will get kids growing their own plants. Can you think of anything better for a nature lover than nurturing their own plants?
You don’t need much room to grow plants…they’ll grow in tiny spaces! Most kids love digging, getting dirty and watching things grow.
Growing a few vegetables can also be a way of tempting fussy eaters to try new foods! Ideally you want seeds that grow quickly…try something like this Vegetable Growing Kit.
So cute! Our boys love their mini gardening sets. They are really great for encouraging them to spend time digging, planting and watering in the garden.
Grow Hydroponics Kit
Let kids discover how root systems work with this cool set. The plants grow in water so you can actually see the roots…clever!
Grow Your Own
Give them everything they need to grow their own mini garden.
If you have some outdoor space then a tree really is a gift that will last a lifetime.
We planted up an acre when our child was born and now he’s 4 it towers above us all.
Children who love to spend time outdoors will love these…
Who doesn’t love lounging around in a hammock? There is no better way to stare up at the trees, birds, clouds or starry night sky.
Surprise your nature lover with a paddle board! They are amazing for exploring waterways that you wouldn’t usually see. Read a guide on buying a kids paddleboard here.
Older children will love receiving a backpack full of real useable and sturdy equipment!
This backpack is perfect to fill with nature exploring gear…
Fill the backpack with a selection of the following…
Compass with Glow in The Dark Dial!
Reusable Drinks Bottle
Nature loving kids can sketch a collection of the animals and plants that they observe.
How to Draw Birds
This book details how to draw birds and is perfect for any budding artist. It goes well with the gift above too.
Fairy Door Kit
Fimo Polymer Clay
Use fimo to create your own nature scenes. How cute is this forest..?
These pens are perfect for trips to the beach or river. Use them to draw on pebbles and rocks.
Add some paint to these intricate little sponges and your little one can create beautiful pieces of art. We used ours to create a bedroom mural too!
Observing and Exploring Nature
Kids will love looking the part with this explorer gear…
Pond Dipping Kit
Investigate rivers and ponds with this net and use a clear bucket like the one below to take a closer look at your finds.
Build a mini weather station to record everyday weather changes with this kit.
Butterfly Lifecycle Kit
Scavenger Hunt Cards
Bring the Outdoors Indoors…
Living Nature Soft Toys
Read and Learn
Usborne Peep Inside Books
Usborne make some of the most beautifully illustrated books for children. The Peep Inside hardback book series are packed full of and information which is hidden behind little doors.
These are the perfect addition to the nature lovers bookcase and will be treasured for many years.
Expand you nature detectives knowledge with these books…
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Perfect for long car journeys. Twist it, shake it and toll it until you find it!
These adorable collectables are beautifully made. There are so many to choose from but this woodland set seems a great choice for kids who love nature!
Jewellery Inspired by Nature
Any child who loves the mountains will appreciate the sentiment behind this beautiful gift.
We hope this guide has helped you to find the perfect gifts for kids who love nature!