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Campaign for Curiosity: How to encourage your kids to explore more

Kara Guppy

20 November 2017

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Spending time in nature can be fun and healthy, but sometimes kids need convincing to put their technology down and head outside to play.

Thankfully there are lots of ways to make nature as stimulating as the activities kids like to do inside, by giving them the right tools to discover.

Your garden or the local park contain a plethora of opportunities to discover native wildlife and letting your kids explore nature at an early age gives them a real advantage when it comes to starting school.

Two kids splashing in water at their local park

In our garden, we have put up a bird box and bird feeders and the kids love to spot the different types of birds that visit by using their nature books and we have had to use our scientific minds to try and develop a squirrel proof bird feeder – not an easy task!!

Our bird box was a huge hit and you can imagine the kids’ excitement when we hosted and hatched a family of Great Tits in the spring and a small sunken washing up bowl in the garden that was home to some tadpoles, subsequently produced a newt and a frog this year too.

A newt on a log

Gifts like a bug box, a magnifying glass, or digging tools promote ways to explore the outdoors in a fun way that feels grown-up and empowering. Watching a worm as it wiggles around, or a snail that retreats into its shell can be fascinating for a child and gets them asking questions and taking a real interest in science and nature.

That’s exactly where Learning Resources comes in. Designed to help kids explore and learn, whilst still keeping the focus on fun, we’ve put some fabulous equipment from the GeoSafari® and GeoSafari® Jr. ranges to the test.

A bundle of Learning Resources products from the GeoSafari and GeoSafari Jr ranges

Perfect for popping in your bag and taking with you on days out, this colourful range encourages curiosity in kids, with the chance to take a closer look at everything around you.

Sebastian loves looking through binoculars, so his first choice of toy was the GeoSafari® Jr. Kidnoculars, which are perfect for little hands to hold, durable, focus-free and lightweight. He loved looking at the different coloured leaves on the trees and was full of questions about why they change colour and fall during the autumn months.

A kid looking through the GeoSafari Jr Kidnoculars by Learning Resources

Eliza is my water baby. If there is water around she will find it and launch herself into it no matter where we are or what she is wearing. I knew instantly that the GeoSafari® Jr. Subscope™ would be her first choice of toy. The submarine-shaped magnifier is perfect for going below the surface of ponds, lakes and rock pools, has 3 powerful LED lights so you can see even in the murkiest of water. 

A little girl using her GeoSafari jr Subscope to look underneath the water

Isaac is my bird watching, star gazer so his first choice of item to test was the GeoSafari® Vega 360 lightweight Telescope which is perfect for spotting birds, bats and even for discovering the constellations on a clear night. He has been showing Eliza how to find the big dipper and looking out for the International Space Station that has been in sight this week.

A boy looks through his GeoSafari Telescope into the sky

The equipment we have received will take us through the seasons and I am looking forward to the spring so we can collect frog spawn and view it through the critter habitat, as it has four magnifying areas to help see the creatures up close. It will be great for watching caterpillars too, as the kids find their transformation into butterflies fascinating!

A girl looking at critters through the GeoSafari Jr Bugnoculars

The toys are a great way to encourage curiosity, and each of them loved taking a closer look at everything around them. With a full range of toys, some of which are suitable from the age of three, it’s a great way to get the whole family out and about – just be ready to answer lots of questions along the way!

Which product would your kid love the most from the range? Let us know in a comment below, or find new places to explore in our latest blog posts.

Kids using the GeoSafari and GeoSafari Jr ranges by Learning Resources

 

 

This article has been planned, researched and lovingly written for Day Out With The Kids by Kara at Chelsea Mamma - we hope you enjoyed it! Learning Resources provided all the toys for the review and donated to our piggy bank, but the seal of approval is all down to Kara and her kids.

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Kara Guppy

20 November 2017

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Kara is a mum of 6 children aged 3 to 23 and lives in Dorset. Kara and family live by the motto 'Collect Moments, Not Things' and are known as a thrill-seeking family. Kara is one of our much loved Trusted Explorers, which means all content has been written exclusively for dayoutwiththekids.co.uk in exchange for a contribution to their family piggy bank. All posts are first hand, honest and based on real experiences.

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