There isn’t anything more precious than the first time your child discovers the magic of lightening bugs. I remember going on a family walk, in Memphis, and seeing the face of my children when they, first, saw the flashing, relaxing, lights coming from the bushes.
“What’s that Momma? Are there Christmas lights in there?”
They were probably around 2 and 3-yrs-old on that day and I jumped up to take them on their very first Bug Hunt. We caught lightening bugs in jars then awed at their release. We used a magnifying glass to get a close up of beetles. We even dug for worms! Ever since that day, we’ve loved pretending to be “Bug Hunters” and there is one company that helps us do that, Backyard Safari Outfitters.
BACKYARD SAFARI™OUTFITTERS is the outfitter for all your year-round outdoor adventures! Their year-round ESSENTIAL FIELD GEAR is rugged, fully functional, and made for the field. Perfect for backyards, parks, campgrounds, beaches and lakes. So, gear up and get in the field! Chase a storm or wrangle a bug. Track an animal or comb the beach. Dig up the past or gaze at the stars. The world is your backyard. Join us on safari!
Momma Findings Family Thoughts:
Thanks to Team Mom, we got to experience a little of what Backyard Safari Outfitters has to offer for bug hunts, worm digs, and safari adventures. My kids were dressed in the classic Cargo Vest, you know, all bug hunters have to have one. They also got a Periscope and Bug Vacuum.
Having three children with three toys, I divided everything and each child got to explore with one toy. My 8-yr-old son loved the periscope since it gave him the power to see over our privacy fence to neighbors backyards. After learning that you can use it underwater, he went straight to the kiddie pool to see what kind of “fungus” he could find. Hey! His words, not mine.
My 3-yr-old was armed with the Bug Vacuum and boy did he go after the ants. We have plenty of them, so he showed no mercy as he zapped as many as he could into the gun then researched them up-close using the magnifying mirror.
Now, we’re left with my daughter. I wasn’t sure she’d be “all about” checking out bugs, but she immediately got in character with the Backyard Safari Cargo Vest. That’s what I liked, most of all, is the fact that my child’s imagination isn’t limited. She used the vest to hunt outside and then had an African Safari Fashion show, complete with boots, hats, and the latest accessory in place of a purse, the bug vacuum.
Need Ideas for Outdoor Fun?
Backyard Safari Outfitters encloses, with each toy, a pop out guide for different ideas to help you gear up and get out on your own adventure. Ideas include things such as: Wrangle a bug (our favorite), Collect every rock, Comb the beach, and so much more!
Momma Findings Improvements:
Bug Vacuum: Although my children loved the toys, I had an issue with how well the bug vacuum worked. It didn’t suck the bugs very easily. We had to nudge ’em to get into the gun. Also, the attachments for the gun didn’t last very long before popping off. After awhile my child misplaced them.
Periscope: was a bit heavy for my children when stretched out. Of course they didn’t mind because, if you think about it, having a periscope is just plain cool.
After our backyard safari, the kids were accomplished in the capturing insects, building their confidence, and conquering their fear of “all things that creep”. I mean, it’s not daily bug hunters can hang their tools up and enjoy cookies and milk inside right after!
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