Last minute Holiday gift ideas for children to learn about the environment

If you are like me, you enjoy purchasing children’s gifts that inspire, educate and delight! If you are also running short on time to buy those last minute Holiday gifts like me, here are some suggestions for Holiday gifts that help children appreciate the wonders of renewable energy resources as well as the flora and fauna around them.

Holiday Nature Toys for Children Aged 5+

Insect Lore’s Butterfly Pavilion – witness the wonder of the butterfly life cycle with this amazing educational experience. The 2-foot tall Butterfly Pavilion pops-up easily and the see-through mesh and zippered entry allow easy access for care and feeding. My son loved this gift last year! It was an eagerly anticipated daily event to watch the metamorphosis occur in our kitchen. $29.99

Dunecraft’s Desert Bio-dome – Grow over 25 different fascinating and unusual plants. Cacti and Succulents will start sprouting in under a week and the more you water them, the more they will grow. This deluxe collection will thrive in the dome terrarium for years with minimal care, watering 2-3 times per year. $24.99

Holiday Nature Toys for Children Aged 7+

Uncle Milton’s Planet Frog – This is a place where you can watch live tadpoles magically transform into frogs. Your kids will love watching as your frog swims in its own pond and explores the surrounding rain forest habitat, and they’ll also learn why frogs play an important role in the environment and the world in which we live. $29.99

Dunecraft’s Carnivorous Creations – Grow a collection of meat eating plants! This deluxe edition has seeds from over ten varieties of carnivorous plants that devour bugs. Make your own authentic bog with the included peat planting mix, blue swamp rocks, and three bog buddies. With proper care, this unusual collection of carnivorous plants will flourish in its specially designed terrarium. $24.99

Holiday Nature Toys for Children Aged 9+

Schylling’s 6-in-1 Solar Kit – Harness the power of the sun, all on your own. The kit uses 21 snap-together pieces to easily build 6 different solar models, one at a time. Includes a puppy, wind mill, plane and airboat. The instructions indicate that no experience is required. $11.99

Thames & Kosmos’ Wind Power – First, your kids will assemble a wind turbine complete with electric generator, adjustable rotors, and wind speed indicator. Then, they’ll use the wind turbine to generate mechanical power to lift a heavy weight or generate electricity to light up an LED and charge a rechargeable battery. During the experiments, your child will learn the physics of force and motion as it applies to wind power technology. $49.99

Holiday Nature Toys for Children Aged 11+

Toysmith’s Clean Water Science – Your children will learn the science of cleaning and reusing dirty water by conducting water purification experiments. They’ll build their own water filtration and desalination plant at your kitchen table. This kit can also be a good starting point for science fair projects. $11.99

Thames & Kosmos’ Global Warming – Your child will be able to conduct experiments with a model atmosphere to learn about Earth’s climate system, weather, and atmosphere. They’ll explore the hydrological cycle including wind and ocean currents, learn how human activity influences the climate with experiments involving carbon dioxide and the greenhouse effect, investigate the potential consequences of global warming on humans, ecosystems, and the world’s economies, and learn what we can do to protect the climate. $34.99


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