Explore the Outdoors + Giveaway

    We are gearing up for spring around here. That and trying to find a balance in this new reality of being a family of 6. Life has gotten a bit more busy, but the adventures and exploring don’t stop. Baby M may be happy eating and sleeping (and I am SO incredibly thankful that so far she IS happy doing those things and doing them well), but the rest of us thrive on that outdoor time. In reality, we probably need it now more than ever. There is a certainly amount of sanity that comes from doing what we’ve always done and connecting that way as a family too.

    Between outdoor adventures (because the snow and wind will.not.stop…and I am ready for spring!), there are a few books my kids have really loved looking at. We see a LOT of outdoorsy books coming through here, and these are a few that are on the shelf to stay (and that says a lot!)

    Here’s a quick snippet of each book + our own thoughts on them:

    Explore the Outdoors + Giveaway

    Get Outside Creativity Book (ages 6-9, $12.99) – This big, bright spiral-bound activity book encourages kids to get outside and play! It’s chock full of stencils, stickers, pull-outs, games, trivia, puzzles, and cutouts that encourage exploration and learning in the great outdoors. It’s the perfect gift for any parent wanting to foster creativity and imagination, while encouraging kids to unplug, get off the couch, and get to know the world around them. The format engages readers with a combination of fun and whimsical design and National Geographic’s world-famous photography.
    We love this because the projects inside it are easy to do with materials we have at home and really, and truly get the kids thinking and exploring in their own way. Both the boys (aged almost 7 and almost 5) loved building the sail boats and letting them float down the nearby stream. It’s not just a sticker book, but rather full of activities and snippets to make them think. We’ll be using this a lot more this summer too!
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    Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Birds (ages 8-12, $12.99) – Photo-filled and fact-packed, this one of a kind bird guide will make kids Stop! Look! and Listen! to find the feathered friends right in their own backyards. From ducks to hawks, sparrows to sandpipers, kids will learn how, where, and when to spot birds all over the United States. With tons of info and interactivity prompts, it’s the perfect companion for backyard or field trip, camping or vacation. Durable and portable, it’s just right for pocket or backpack.
    This book paired with binoculars is perfect for our kids to see beyond the elk and bison (or deer or dogs or whatever is in your yard!) I am honestly terrible about birds – they just don’t interest me as much as they maybe should. HOWEVER, that doesn’t mean my kids can’t be interested in them. The idea is always to expose them to as much as possible and then let them take it from there! While P (age 5) is a tiny bit young for it, he did love looking at the photos and talking about the birds he saw with an adult.
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    Look & Learn: Caterpillar to Butterfly (board book, $6.99) – A durable board book that is made for tiny hands and curious minds!  Preschoolers and their parents follows a monarch as it develops from a cute caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly in simple, age-appropriate language.
    She may be only 2 and tiny, but L is totally into animals and learning (and repeating everything). This book isn’t just for preschoolers either – learning starts as early as they can turn the pages!
    Explore the Outdoors + Giveaway

    A Chance to Win

    Thanks to National Geographic Kids, one of you will win all of these books PLUS a pair of Nat Geo binoculars that are water resistant, rubber armored (ARV $63) and perfect for wildlife watching, birding and exploration. These are the binoculars that our kids fight over …just because they WORK really well, and are the right size for their small hands. Because what fun are binoculars for kids if they aren’t kid-friendly!!? All items are shown in the graphic at the top of this post.

    As usual, please use the Rafflecopter Widget below to enter to win. The winner will be emailed and announced on this post in the Rafflecopter Widget. Have questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact me at mountainmamatales(at)gmail(dot)com so I can help!  This giveaway is open to the U.S. only.

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    NatGeo generously provided us this gear in order to facilitate this review.  However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own. You can find my full disclosure here.

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