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Whether you’re buying for kids who love the outdoors or want to give the gift of curiosity, you’re in the right place! We’ve found some of the best hands-on nature gifts for kids of all ages and stages.
From bug-catching and adventure kits to microscopes, science kits, and nature books, our list will help you wrap up the perfect nature gift for any young adventurer.
Outdoor-themed gifts encourage kids to explore and are an excellent way to develop kids’ interests in nature and science.
So if you’re ready to find some great gifts, read on to discover some of the best nature gifts for kids of all ages!
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Nature gifts for preschool-age kids
The youngest explorers will love the close-up look at colorful images and slides of nature objects on this talking microscope!
Kids love exploring the outdoors with backpacks full of gear that help them discover their surroundings! The kit includes a bug-catching kit, magnifying glass, hat, compass, and more!
This is the perfect gift for kids fascinated by insects. It comes with everything they need to catch and study bugs, like a net, magnifier, jar, and activity book for learning about insects.
This kids’ gardening set has the tools young kids need to help in the garden or start their own plants! The kit includes a tote bag, garden tools, a watering can, pots, gloves, and more!
Kids can “go camping” indoors or out with this adorable and fun campfire playset! The set includes wood, a “fire,” s’mores, wearable bear mitts, and more.
Nature gifts for kids ages 3-10
Young adventurers can put on their packs and head outdoors to see what they can find! This fun adventure pack has binoculars, a compass, a whistle, magnifying glass, and more.
A nature scavenger hunt is ideal for hiking, camping, or backyard discoveries! There are several ways to play, and it comes with various cards and a drawstring bag.
What’s more fun than exploring outdoors with walkie-talkies?! These have a built-in flashlight, 22 channels, and a 3-mile range.
These binoculars are designed with kids in mind! They are durable, easy to focus, and lightweight, so kids can get a better look at the wonders of nature!
Make art out of leaves and flowers found outdoors! Kids will love making their outdoor finds into artwork!
Nature gifts for kids 8 and up
Here’s a terrarium that includes everything kids need to start a mini garden, like seeds, sand, and little garden decorations.
This microscope kit is the real deal! It has 20x and 50x magnification with 50 accessories, like slides, tweezers, and even brine shrimp eggs!
This excellent activity comes with a learning guide. So, not only do kids get the fun of breaking open geode rocks, but they can learn about how they’re formed too!
Make art with the help of the sun! Found objects in nature can be turned into prints with this fun nature activity.
Here’s a genuine rock tumbler kit for the young rock collectors on your list! It comes with everything you need to polish a rock, including the polishing grits (and some gems!).
Outdoor books for kids
Kids can learn all about nature from Professor Actual Factual and do fun science projects. Ages 3-6
Kids can take this award-winning book outdoors to discover and learn through activities, art, scavenger hunts, and games! Ages 4-8
The author describes this journal as more like a nature workbook encouraging observation. It also has plenty of space for writing and drawing. Ages 6-12
Here is a colorful, awe-inspiring children’s nature encyclopedia of sorts! It includes facts, history, and even stories about objects in nature. Recommended for ages 5-9
This activity book is full of fun ways to discover and learn about nature. It has 50 hands-on projects and activities kids can do outdoors! Recommended for ages 5+
This award-winning, colorful National Geographic book is all about bugs! It’s a fun and easy way for kids to learn all about insects. Ages 4+
Here’s a beautifully illustrated book with nature facts and activities that inspire curiosity. Also, check out the accompanying workbook/journal for older kids and adults. Ages 4+
Know a kid who loves to explore the wilderness? This book gives them the information, practice activities, and survival skills they need if they are ever lost or in a sticky situation. Ages 8+
Inspire young adventurers!
When our kids were growing up, we loved buying gifts that got them outdoors and sparked their curiosity! It helped them see the outdoors in new and fascinating ways. And, of course, they had great fun exploring and learning. As young adults, they still love nature!
So, no matter what age you’re buying for, you can’t go wrong with nature gifts! Hopefully, nature gifts will inspire your young explorer to get outdoors and experience nature in new and fun ways.
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