Summer is such a wonderful time for children to get outside and learn from nature. My favorite memories of childhood are playing in the forest near my house, catching rolly pollies and baby frogs. Nature is such an inspiring place for children to learn! This is why I was super excited to receive two educational summer toys to help encourage Samantha and Georgiana to get outside and play.
What We Found on Our Nature Walk
One of the awesome educational summer toys we received was the Learning Resources Primary Science Outdoor Discovery Set. This set includes ten activity cards to help kids stay busy on slow summer days. I especially liked the ideas of growing a plant from popcorn and growing grass from a seed. Both would be very captivating ways to teach kids about science! You can use the three small plant pots and plant markers to teach simple gardening to kids.
The kit also came with a tool to help kids capture bugs and a big view bug jar. My kids couldn’t get enough of these tools. I kept reminding them to share the bug scooper, but there were a couple arguments that made me think I could buy a second bug scooper just to keep my kids busy this summer. Bug scoopers aren’t hard to find in toy stores, although the coolest part of this kit was that it came with such a large amount of tools to get kids excited about learning about science.
When I took my older daughter out to search for bugs, we had no luck on our first bug searching trip. There were no crickets or grasshoppers. We saw ants and small spiders, but we saw nothing that would fit well in our bug jar.
On our second trip to go bug hunting, my younger daughter found a small, colorful moth right away in the front lawn of our home. The lawn had recently been mowed, and I think that helped us find a bug. She was so excited to get her own special bug to look after by herself. Even though my younger daughter had an easy time finding a bug, my older daughter was still having no luck at all.
Then, I taught my older daughter a trick. We went to our back porch and pulled up a large item to look at the mud underneath, which was harboring all sorts of little critters. Luckily, there were no snakes. Immediately, we spotted several huge slugs, centipedes, and rolly pollies. She was super excited to see so many bugs after she had such a hard time finding even one. Quickly, she captured two slugs and one rolly polly.
We were worried about how the bugs would stay alive overnight, so we fed the slugs and the rolly polly a strawberry picked from a local farm. You should check out my Instagram where you can see Mr. Slug getting super excited over his new meal.
Another great educational summer toy that I received was the Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Subscope. This toy is awesome for playing at the pool or the river. First, you place it in a body of water. When you look through the viewfinder, the item on the other side is magnified. This helps you see a greater distance through the water, and you can see up close all of the things you wouldn’t usually see underwater.
To help you have the best, most educational and fun experience this summer with your kids this summer, I’m giving away both of these toys to one lucky reader! Enter my giveaway by following me on social media, and leave me a comment to let me know what you would love about these toys!
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Disclosure: I received a free item, but it didn’t influence my opinion!