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Children’s Adventuring: Gifts for outdoor loving kids

Though getting outside and having some fun is free and easy, there are certain things that may add an extra sense of adventure! With this in mind, we’ve put together a ‘Children’s Adventuring Kit List’… perfect gift ideas for outdoor loving kids.

These are all from shops and brands we know and love. From tracking guides to thermos flasks these are great stocking fillers, or as a complete Kid’s Adventure Kit!

Mini outdoor adventurers

1. BACKPACK

The kids love having their own backpacks to take out with them – and it helps that they can carry their own stuff (though on occasion I’ve ended up carrying all the backpacks – inevitable really!)

We love Osprey Backpacks. The children have Jet 12 Kids hiking backpacks. They’re available from a number of different shops but Surfdom has one of the best prices and it’s a great shop! – Surfdom Osprey Jet 12

Little Life also have a great kids backpack range on the cheaper side – Little Life Backpack

outdoor adventure
Osprey Kid’s backpack

2. HEAD TORCH

Essential for sunset outings or night time adventures!

We like the Petzl Tikkid Kids headtorch – you can get them from lots of retailers but Absolute Snow have a great price on them Absolute Snow Headtorch

3. MAKE FIRE

All adventurers need to know how to make fire in order to survive right?

We like to take a Flint & Steel like this one from Forest Fundamentals (such a nice company!) Fire Striker

Or alternatively, check out the Den Kit Co’s new fire on a plate kit

fire lighting with kids
fire lighting

4. THERMOS FLASK

Flasks are brilliant for winter adventures. Take soup for a warming lunch, hot chocolate or hot Ribena for any adventure to warm up.

I love this flask from Blue Marble. It’s a water bottle/thermos and is from 100% sustainable sources – Blue Marble flask

On the cheaper side, the kids have these lovely little flasks from Mountain Warehouse – Mountain Warehouse Flask

5. CAMO CREAM

Heading out on a serious adventure? Maybe setting up an Ambush (see our mini-adventure series) Camo Cream is essential. All great fun until you need to scrub the darn stuff off!!

There’s a 5 colour cream set at the Army Stores – Camo Cream

Camo’d and ready

6. NECK TUBE

Who doesn’t love a neck tube – or snood – they also double up quite nicely as a face mask.

This neckwarmer from Little Trekkers is the best one I’ve EVER seen and will definitely be featuring in our Christmas! – Monster Neck Warmer

Also a lovely one from Spotty Otter – Spotty Otter Neck Warmer

7. ADVENTURE GUIDES

I can’t recommend these guides highly enough. They have been our lockdown saviours!! Each time we head out, we’ll grab our fungi swatch book or poos and clues tracking guide. They’re waterproof, mud-proof, child-proof… effectively indestructible!

We use all the Swatch Books from the Woodland Trust – Swatch Guide Books

And the Field Studies Council fold-out guides – Fold out guides

woodland trust swatch books

8. BINOCULARS

I’m a self-confessed bird geek and binoculars are GREAT for engaging the children with birds and all the nature around them. There are a lot of really shoddy children’s binoculars out there but one pair that is fantastic from the RSPB.

They are a little more pricey but if you want proper binoculars for the kids, I would recommend them – Children’s Binoculars

9. OS MAP

Map reading is great fun! Whether you’re a hardened navigator or total beginner, lockdown may be an opportunity to brush up on your map reading skills and teach the kids too (there are some brilliant online videos to help you get started)

No matter where you live, you seem to be on a cross over between different OS maps. Rather thank taking out 2, 3 or even 4 maps every time you go out, why not get a customised map from the Ordnance Survey.

Your postcode (or chosen place) becomes the centre of the map and you can even customise the front with a photo and a title. Brilliant stuff for Christmas – Custom made map

map reading for kids
Map reading with kids

10. MULTI-TOOL

When you feel your child is ready, a multi-tool is a perfect addition to an adventurer’s kit.

We gave ours their multi-tools when they were reasonably young (with stern words of adult warning just to dampen their excitement), and though they are always supervised when using them, we’ve been amazed at how giving the children extra responsibility has really made them rise to the challenge and act very sensibly with their tools.

There’s the traditional Swiss Army Knife which you can actually customise – https://www.swisstool.co.uk/st/original-red/

But we went for the slightly more budget, but very good, Go Outdoors option – Kids Multitool

More outdoor adventure ideas:

Those are our top 10 Adventurer’s items BUT if you’re looking for more inspiration, we also love these things

  • Grandpa’s Fireforks from Ellis Brigham for cooking marshmallows on the fire – Grandpas fireforks
  • Everyone loves a Spork! Here from Bushcraft Lab – Spork
  • Not keen on hot chocolate or hot ribena? How about this amazing children’s tea from Small & Wild – Children’s Tea
  • Ropes & Carabiners – my kids will spend HOURS playing with ropes and carabiners. Building dens, climbing trees, walking the tightrope…. You can buy rope from many different places but we love this starter set from the Den Kit Co so the kids can learn about tying knots – Rope Skills
  • To take the rope theme to the next level, if your child is a real climber, how about this climbing harness from The Little Adventure Shop? Climbing harness
  •  When adventurers catch their own lunch…. Our kids have loved playing with this little fishing kit from Eastern Biological (a lovely shop) – fishing kit
  • Safety first! If you’re out in the dark, how about this kid’s high vis jacket from LittleLife – High Vis
dressing kids for winter

Outdoor Fun

Finally, rather than stuff, how about experiences? We need to help the outdoor community who are finding the lockdowns tough.

We had an AMAZING time rock climbing on Dartmoor with Crag2Mountain. They run a range of courses and I would highly recommend them. Maybe plan ahead with a voucher for Spring? Crag2Mountain

We also love Frisbee Golf at the Mendip Ski Centre… great fun in the woods and a fair amount of competitiveness! Mendip Ski Centre

You may want to kit the kids up in outdoor wear as well. Have a look at our blog on Dressing the kids for Winter