Although you wouldn’t know it by the sweltering heat, summer is quickly coming to a close. It’s time to get those little Indiana Joneses out of the house before school sneaks up again. We’ve put together a list of gift ideas for those adventurous kids who come back dirty, sweaty, and happy at the end of the day:
- Danger Is Still Everywhere
- Junior Outdoor Set
- Mini Walkie Talkies
- Swiss Army Knife (Plastic)
- Kelvin – 23 Function Multitool
- Mini Base Camp Reading Lamp
- Mini Hornit – For Bikes & Scooters
- Marshmallow Bow & Mallow Shooter
Do your research:
Before you even leave the house, do your research. Use this handy field guide to become an expert dangerologist, and learn to make sure your dog isn’t a zombie dog, the hidden dangers of high fives, or how to use bubble wrap to protect yourself from anything. It’s a dangerous world out there, but now you know, and we all know that’s half the battle!
Being prepared is the key to survival. Get yourself ready with these four essential survival aids you’ll need in any situation. Water bottle? Check. Compass? Check. Binos? Check. Headlamp? Check. All of these things in a convenient carry case? Ten-four! It’s time to set out!
So you’re headed into the dense jungle brush—but how will you stay in touch with your loved ones? Communications are essential, and also lightweight and easy with these mini walkie talkies. They won’t take up too much space in your pack, and with a 200 foot range, you’ll be able to keep in touch with base camp as you venture out.
The right tools:
Ask Bear Grylls, he’ll tell you you’d better have the right tools when you head out. And while we’re not in the business of giving real knives to children, this plastic version of the Swiss Army knife can provide the sense of adventure without the risk. Big, chunky and easy to use for smaller hands and those adventurers not quite ready for the real thing.
Light your way:
For reading adventures big and small—maybe a quick review of Danger Is Still Everywhere in your shelter. This tiny version of the real thing creates soft, diffuse light. Batteries are included so you’re ready to go, simply push the on/off switch, hang your lantern, and your way is lit.
You’ve ridden your dirt bike out into the punishing wilderness, and this durable, waterproof little wonder will light your way and keep you safe. Features both white and green LED lights with flashing and constant settings. It’s also loaded with 25 cool sounds including a dixie horn, motorbike, and lion’s roar for scaring away bears.*
*Wicked Uncle does not encourage you to send children out alone into places with bears, with or without a Mini Hornit.
It’s a dangerous world out there in the wild (see #1 again) so you’re going to need something to defend yourself against wild animals, and hunt for game to survive. This bow and mallow shooter serves up a deadly, soft, delicious punch for any budding archer. Load up to 25 mini marshmallows at a time and fire them in rapid succession. You won’t take down any game, but you will be the Robin Hood of delicious soft treats, and that’s just as good.
Well okay, so none of these toys is likely to save your life (although we have seen a marshmallow fired from the bow and mallow distract a beagle for a couple of seconds, and sometimes all it takes is a couple of seconds.) But these adventurous toys will encourage thoughtful and imaginative outdoor play for a generation of kids that really needs to get outside more—which honestly includes all of the generations of kids that followed the invention of the television.
Although they may not know it yet, playing outside will make them happy, and more importantly, it’ll make you happy.
Now, because you’ve been so good, here are some camping jokes:
Q: What do bears call campers in their sleeping bags? A: Burritos.
Q: Why don’t mummies go camping? A: Because it’s so relaxing they might unwind.
Q: What did the little boy say when he found a spider in his tent? A: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!