Playing outdoors doesn't require toys or products, but sometimes they can enhance the experience. This is the case with the carefully selected goods you'll find at Imagine Childhood. "At imaginechildhood.com we believe that children should experience the world through their own eyes, ears, fingers, and toes." And if that means getting a little dirt under your fingernails, so be it! Bird whistles, compasses, pocket scopes and tipis are just some of the things they offer to aid in your child's outdoor play and nature discovery.
One of our favorites in the Imagine Childhood stockhouse is this Nature Study Kit ($25) which does double duty for collecting specimens outside and then examining them later at home. Glass jars, tins, bags, two magnifiers and a field journal all together in a drawstring bag - what a lovely gift!
What kid wouldn't enjoy hopping a ride on this (really) old-school crate scooter ($99) ala Kit Kittredge?
Fundanas ($7) are foldable, portable bandanas with printed scavenger hunts or bingo games (choose bird, star, beach, nature, tree or track theme) sure to keep your kids busy wherever you go and are perfect for getting together with friends and neighbors.