My kids LOVE being outside. They love to play outside, read outside, craft outside, hike, hunt, roll, help, work- you name it, they are happy to do it outdoors. They love having adventures, and the older they get, the more they want to have their own adventures without mom and dad “interrupting” (interfering) and putting their own spin on things. We received a box of fun from the nice folks over at Backyard Safari Outfitters a while back, and let me tell you, they have LOVED this entire line of ” toys” and gear.
From the tiniest carabiner to the brown camouflaging netting, there’s not been anything we’ve discovered either here at home or in stores made by this company that wasn’t a huge hit. These are kid toys, built to last, but also built to look just like the adult versions. Sure, bright pink tents decorated to look like sharks are cute and fun, but what about the kids that want to camp and hang out in a tent and not be seen, or are trying to be INCOGNITO? Kids don’t always want or need bright colors and toys that do things for them, I know mine don’t, and I love that Backyard Safari Outfitters has kept this in mind when they design their product. (I have to say they do have a camp lantern that does require batteries but that’s more a practical thing and it, too has a carabiner so you can hang it from the tent for light to read cool books, check out the adventure guides, or hang from your vest as you explore in the dark night outside on an adventure.)
Aside from the cool toys and realistic features of the products/toys/gear, there’s an entirely different element of this brand that I love. See, my oldest is 6, and she’s in Daisy scouts. Not a big deal maybe, but she’s able to wear this cool vest and earn patches. Her little brother, almost 4, is very saddened by this, because Boy Scouts doesn’t begin until first grade. To a preschooler, this is a full blown eternity of time to wait and wait and waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaait to be able to have a vest to put badges and patches on. Problem solved thanks to Backyard Safari! Many of the Backyard Safari products come with patches included in the packaging- part of the Patch Program. Little adventure lovers will simply love earning their patches (especially if their grownups can iron patches on well unlike me…I swear, me and irons are not meant to be friends. I will be stitching the patches on because I messed up the ironing somehow. Not a product issue, a QueenB issue. I did it with Daisy patches too…sigh…)
Instead of showing you images of each thing we got – which I have meant to do so many times in the past few months but kept forgetting because we were busy reading books in the tent, or going on toad hunts, worm hunts, chasing butterflies around the yard to be bothered taking pictures- I’m sharing this video so you can see the cool features of the products. Should you want to check them out- head to www.backyardsafari.com and look for : Base Camp Expedition, The Essential Cargo Vest, Expedition Two- Hiking Stick, Magnifying Glass, Mini Lantern, Telescoping Pocket Spyglass (a HUGE favorite) and the Camouflage. You can read about them and their sizes, etc. right on the site. Here, you can just see how fun they are!!
Samples of this product line were received to facilitate our review from Backyard Safari through my affiliation with Team Mom. Opinions expressed within are my own.