Now that summer weather is finally rolling around here in New England, it’s time to get the kids out of the house, have them become active, give them some fresh air and explore the great outdoors and and go on a backyard bug safari! June 26th is the Great American Backyard Campout – and a perfect time to plan fun activities for those backyard slumber parties with Backyard Safari Outfitters!
For Father’s Day, my husband and I went to see Cirque du Solei for the first time. We saw Ovo “The Teeming World of Insects” which centered around the theme of insects and bugs, in a way that you couldn’t imagine!
Back in 1986, when my oldest daughter was three, the Northeast experienced the invasion of the Cicada bugs, also called the “17 year locust” – which were everywhere. She and her buddy from next door, also the same age – had a grand time sweeping the shells off of trees and sidewalks, and piling them into pail fulls. Fortunately, we experience those invasions every 17 years.
I’ve just found out that California is experiencing an infestation of grasshoppes – so California parents – heads up!
My grandchildren, however, will be better prepared! I recently had the opportunity to review the Cargo Vest, as well as the cool Bug Vacuum, and Mega View Periscope, courtesy of Backyard Safari Outfitters and Team Mom. It contained all the essential gear that little adventurers need to get started in exploring the wonder of nature and the wonders of the environment in their own back yards.
With these tools, the kids can inspect and explore “wildlife”, from insects in the grass to birds in the sky, to frogs in a pond and more!
My granddaughter, ‘Lil Moomette immediately laid claim to the Cargo Vest and Mega View Periscope, while her brother, Slugger, was totally fascinated with the Bug Vacuum.
‘Lil Moomette was intrigued with raising and lowering the Mega View Periscope to see things at different levels.
Slugger, enjoyed the sounds that the battery-operated Bug Vacuum made. It’s a little too early here in Connecticut for fireflies – most kids are fascinated with catching those in jars. I’m sure that the Bug Vacuum will work out well once July rolls around!
Cargo Vest – Plenty of pockets, 6 D-Rings, 2 should epaulets for clipping and hanging more gear. Large pocket for storing binocs and clear-view chest pocket for Pop-Up Field Guide. MSRP $19.99
Mega View Periscope – Full-view periscope for viewing over boulders, high bushes, backyard fences and around corners. Three sturdy light-weight sections telescope for a reach of over four feet high to see all out-of-reach views. Flip the Megal View Periscope upside down and a full 16 inches is submersible for under-water viewing – on docks, poolside, lakes or beaches – all without water in small ears! MSRP $24.99
Bug Vacuum – Catch LIVE crawling, flying, buzzing bugs in the backyard! Look at bugs up close with the built-in magnifying glass. Extra nose cone comes in handy for really big bugs. The Capture Core attaches to the Backyard Safari Bug Habitat (sold separately) for easy transfer of insects. MSRP $19.99 an
I give this a Thumbs Up – for parents, grandparents and pre-schools who want to keep the kids fit, creative and interested in exploring nature and the great outdoors at a young age!
We have a nature center in town, and this would be a wonderful addition to any youth nature camp as well!
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