We are fast approaching Christmas, and any parent who values their sanity, looks to buy gifts that will last long after the holiday season, rather than requiring a new set of batteries every few weeks!
To help make gift giving that little bit easier, here is a list of wonderful presents that will delight your nature-loving child.
A smashing combination that will have your child out of doors over the Christmas holiday, instead of cooped up indoors. Add a small notebook and pencil if your child is writing and they can record all the birds they see.
A great way to teach respect for living creatures, whilst allowing your child to explore and observe them.
A beautiful wooden puzzle, perfect for small hands that need to be busy on bad-weather days.
More useful in Spring and Summer, but your child will be able to make some beautiful pressings of evergreens over the Winter holiday.
Enjoy the beauty and fragrance of flowers during the dreary, cold months by giving your child build suitable for forcing indoors during winter time.
These soft toy birds with their authentic bird calls were a real hit with my children when they were younger!
A smashing jigsaw for older children featuring some lovely nature photography. Perfect for cosy afternoons at home after a brisk morning walk.
A more expensive option, but this would make a smashing family gift! Fantastic for filming local wildlife, and will film underwater, too.
Gardening tools and gift voucher
Get your child all fired up for spring, with their own gardening tools. A gift voucher for a local garden centre will allow them a morning choosing their very own packets of seeds; there are some types of flowers and vegetables that are particularly easy to grow & interesting for young children.
For my American friends, or those who love America, this is a smashing book that brings the parks of America to life, whilst raising funds for their upkeep.
Finally, consider my book Exploring Nature With Children, as a gift for the whole family.
A complete, year-long curriculum designed to guide you, step by step, through an entire calendar year of nature study. Completely self-contained, this book has all the information you need to make nature study happen regularly for your family.
As an early Christmas present to my readers, enjoy a 30% discount by using coupon code CHRISTMAS15 which is valid until December 25th.