You know what I love? I love toys that encourage children to play outside and foster curiosity about the world in which we live. You know what drives me nuts? Wasting money on toys that barely last a day. My son and his friends are rough on their toys. It’s no coincidence my child’s favorite phrase is HULK SMASH! When I buy a toy for my son, I need it to do what it claims it can do. Otherwise, my 42 inch tall hulk tears it to pieces.
Having recently learned that National Geographic and Uncle Milton Industries joined forces to create an exciting new line of outdoor explorer-themed toys and activities geared to children ages five and up, I jumped at the opportunity to review them. JUMPED FOR JOY THAT IS!
Being a huge fan or both National Geographic and Uncle Milton, I somehow just knew these toys would rock and guess what? THEY ROCK, quite literally, as they’ve triumphed against rocks and survived the licking. My son and his friends had a blast exploring our backyard and neighborhood park with Uncle Milton’s new National Geographic Outdoor Explorer Series. In typical Uncle Milton fashion, these toys are high quality and built to last. In fact, some of the toys in the line are like smaller, less expensive versions of the REI models you or I would buy for our own outdoor exploration adventures.
While at play, my son was inspired to explore his surroundings from a new perspective and I was filled with pride as he examined insects with the Outdoor Explorer Series 3-in-1 Expedition Magnifier. Uncle Milton’s new line of explorer toys brought out my son’s inner Trekaroo, captured his National Geographic adventurer spirit, and harnessed the ole’ Uncle Milton science lover within him. What do I like best about Uncle Milton’s new National Geographic Outdoor Explorer Series? They distracted my son’s inner hulk! My son was so busy blowing into his compass whistle, he forgot his main mission in life; to pulverize everything in his path.
The new National Geographic Outdoor Explorer Series features nine items, each with its own activity guide containing recommendations for the young explorer on how to use the product out in the field. From imaginative clip-on shoe lights, which shine a bright path in the dark, to an exciting new game of discovery called “Earth Tag,” this fantastic new line features something for every young explorer.
- Expedition Sky Flare MSRP $9.99
- 3-in-1 Expedition Magnifier MSRP $12.99
- 4-in-1 Explorer Navigation Tool MSRP $12.99
- Earth Tag MSRP $14.99
- Deep Cave Explorer Echo Maker MSRP $19.99
- High Sierra Eco Explorer Kit MSRP $19.99
- All-Terrain Nature Collector MSRP $19.99
- Expedition Shoe Lights MSRP $19.99
- Expedition Trekking Pak MSRP $29.99
A companion site, the National Geographic Explorer Academy, will launch this spring, featuring information about the new “Outdoor Explorer” line of products and ideas to inspire the adventures of young explorers.
“We are thrilled to be working with National Geographic,” said Frank Adler, president of Uncle Milton Industries. “Utilizing the authenticity and resources of National Geographic has enabled us to develop a very inspiring new toy line that cultivates fun and fresh play experiences, while connecting young explorers to the world around them.”
Frank Adler, pictured above with his family in Maui, is a Trekaroo at heart. Someday he’d like to visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Whistler, British Columbia. His favorite travel memory is hiking with his father. His worst travel moment with kids? How quickly his brood can mess up a tidy hotel room. We can all relate to that!
The Steal: Win one of THREE National Geographic Outdoor Explorer Prize Packs.
Details: We have three (3) prize packs to give away. Three lucky winners will be chosen to receive one (1) of the three (3) available prize packs.
HOW TO ENTER TO WIN
Simply click on the Rafflecopter box below and follow the directions. We’ve got lots of entry options on this one, so be sure to snag them all.
Rules and guidelines:
- 18 years of age or older
- US Residents only
Deadline to enter: Sunday, April 23, 2012 at 11:59PM PST
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary line of National Geographic Outdoor Explorer Series toys in order to complete my review and facilitate the giveaway. Uncle Milton did not ask that I state a particular opinion. All opinions are my own.