There’s an ever-growing body of research which supports the importance for kids to regularly get active, get outside, and get in touch with mother nature. We now know that fresh air is not just good for the well being of an adventurous kid, but fundamental to their development, helps them connect to the world around them, and provides beneficial opportunities to learn about risk.
If you want to encourage someone you know to get out, get active and adventure then we’ve got some great adventure gifts ideas that we hope may help nurture and encourage their adventurous kid spirit and develop a richer appreciation and deeper roots to nature.
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So, ready or not, the holidays will soon be upon us and if you’re looking for inspiration for gifts for that special adventurous kid in your life, you’ve come to the right place.
Stick-lets Fort Kit
Your Adventurous kid can build a mega fort with this set of 18 Stick-let connectors. Made to turn one of kids’ most time-honored, favorite, renewable toys—the stick—into a building toy.
- Set of 18 connectors for kids constructing with sticks made of flexible silicone
- Comprehensive building kit
- Build forts, toys, animal habitats, geometric shapes, and more
- Connector colors include: 3 Birch Bark White, 3 Grasshopper Green, 3 Huckleberry Blue, 3 Starfish Red, 3 Pardon My Purple, and 3 Monarch Orange
- Great for 1–2 builders, includes tote bag and pamphlet
Grimm’s Four Elements Building Set
This wooden building set is a beautiful oversized heirloom puzzle blocks set that is absolutely stunning. It is a puzzle to solve or a large building blocks set.
- Represents the 4 Elements: Air, Fire, Earth, & Water
- Combine well with other building blocks, especially the other “4×4” (4 cm thick) blocks from Grimm’s
- Includes wooden tray to use as a building platform or for storage when playtime is over; tray measures 18-inches square
- Handcrafted in Germany from sustainably harvested natural wood and finished with certified safe, non-toxic, water based dyes (no worrisome paint or lacquer)
Celestron 21024 FirstScope Telescope
This simple Newtonian reflector telescope on a rotating tabletop stand makes it easy to view the night sky. FirstScope is a perfect option for any entry-level astronomer.
- 76mm aperture reflector optical tube
- Quality Dobsonian-style telescope features a 76 millimeter optical tube with enough light gathering ability to view all the best celestial objects like the rings of Saturn and the Orion Nebula
- Moveable tube for ease of navigation for viewing
- Lightweight, portable
- Two eyepieces included
Slackline For Kids
Turn any environment into a playground with this slackline designed as a complete kit specifically for beginners. Featuring static-style material with rubber grip, an overhead guide line with arm trainer and carry bag, the Play Line makes learning simple.
- Fully adjustable and easily installed between any sturdy anchor points
- Includes slackline, ratchet tensioner, tree protection, help line, and carry bag
- Comes with 8 feet of webbing and a reinforced loop to firmly anchor and tension the slackline
- Beginner webbing with rubber grip is optimized for quick and easy learning
Grimm’s Rainbow of Little Waldorf Dolls, 10-Set
Waldorf Dolls are loved by young and old the world over. These high quality, natural fiber dolls are lovingly hand-made in Europe by Grimm’s Spiel & Holz in the Waldorf tradition with simple features that capture the essence and innocence of the young child.
- A family of 10 small Dwarf dolls in a delightful rainbow of colors, made from Oeko-Tex (organic) cotton.
- Dwarfs in this set have no beards, so they could be dwarf children or women
- Handcrafted in Europe using traditional techniques and all-natural materials
- Each doll has a weighted base (of quartz sand) to help them easily stand up
Imagining Me Hooded Owl Wings
Inspired by real owls, this one-piece design features a hood printed with eyes and a beak. Snug finger loops help kids keep wings outstretched and ready for flight!
- Fantasy owl wings for kids’ dress-up play
- Feature unique movement similar to a real owl’s movement
- Includes hood printed with eyes and a beak
Piper Computer Kit
This kit teaches kids critical understanding of how technology works in order to make sense of our environment and invent the future. The Piper Computer Kit comes with everything you need to assemble your own computer.
- Hand-crafted wooden computer case with lcd screen monitor
- Raspberry Pi Edition of Minecraft adventure play with hardware components and challenges
- Wifi enabled gameplay for extra levels and sharing capabilities
- Electronic gadgets including led lights, motion sensors, buzzers, buttons and switches
- Self-contained computer running on a raspberry pi 3 project board – 1gb ram – 1.2Ghz quad-core CPU
TreePod Original Hanging Backyard Tree House
There’s no need for a hammer and nails in order to have a great backyard treehouse! The award-winning TreePod brings the magic of a treehouse fort to your adventurous kid and families everywhere.
- Attaches to any hanging point using durable webbing and a steel quicklink; The fabric is treated with a durable water repellent and a UV-coating for additional sun protection
- Features a zip-up door and mesh windows offering a ready-to-use hideaway adventurous kid will adore while effectively keeping bugs, debris, and foul weather out
- Designed so it can be taken down quickly and tag along anywhere; Ideal for camping, neighborhood parks, play dates, or BBQs
- Fully set up, the TreePod is 7.5ft (2.28m) tall by 5ft (1.52m) wide; Maximum weight capacity is 500lbs (226kg); Kit includes the Pod, sewn guy-lines, frame poles, steel quicklink, and ground stakes
Designed for young archers ages 8 through 12 who are taking steps to progress their skills. Constructed to meet both ATA and AMO standards, the Tomcat 2 meets the mark in accuracy and precision, while still maintaining a manageable 17- to 22-pound draw weight.
- 17-22 LB Draw Weight
- 20-22 inch adjustable draw length. Adjustable in 1″ increments
- Right Handed Bow with 60%-70% let off
- 3 Pin Fiber Optic Brightglo Sight
- Accessories include Soft Touch finger rollers and two arrows
A Year of School
During a humanitarian emergency and its aftermath, education can help save a young boy’s life. A safe learning environment in places like Congo and Syria can provide children with a sense of normalcy, helps them to heal from trauma and protect them from abuse and exploitation. Being in a classroom gives conflict-affected children hope as they continue to learn and plan for a brighter future.
In 2015, the IRC helped to educate more than 1.3 million children around the world. $58 can supply the tuition, books and other supplies a boy needs to attend school for a year.
*All listed prices were confirmed at time of publish and are subject to change.
Jennifer Fontaine is the founder of Outdoor Families Magazine, publisher of MommyHiker.com, a blog to encourage outdoor activities with children, and an activist filmmaker inspiring dynamic change in the world. She lives in Southern California with her family.
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