Encourage youngsters to get out and enjoy nature

Posted Nov. 29, 2010, at 12:35 p.m.

The little outdoors person on your gift list might get more incentive to get out and enjoy nature with these ideas from Coghlan’s, the camping gear company.

The Bug-Eye Headlight ($9) is a great idea for the young adventurer.

When you’re a kid — every insect, plant, and piece of nature is fascinating. The new Kid’s Bugeye Headlight from Coghlan’s (www.coghlans.com) encourages the budding scientist in children. The Bug-Eye Headlight is compact, lightweight and powered by a bright white LED that never needs replacing. The light also features a comfortable elastic head strap in a fun purple and yellow color combination.

The 7-Function Binoculars ($7) will help children see nature in a new way. The 7-function Binoculars — binoculars, monocular, magnifying glass, linen counter, compass, stereoscope and signal mirror — offer a new way to look and learn. Both Coghlan’s Kid’s products can be purchased at local REI and Dick’s Sporting Goods stores.

Then there’s the GeoPalz Activity Tracker ($20) (www.geopalz.com) that is first decorative pedometer and online game that tracks children’s physical activity throughout the day – and encourages kids to get on their feet and get active while helping to prevent inactivity and childhood obesity.

The GeoPalz is an easy-to-use pedometer that sits on the belt and comes in several kid-friendly designs in various character groups, such as “Sports,” “Rock,” “Fantasy” and “Cutesy.”

And the cool and unique thing about GeoPalz—kids walk to win! Every mile the child achieves with GeoPalz counts as one pedpoint when the GeoPalz is registered online. The child can manually enter his or her steps online and once the points start to add up, he or she can use the points to redeem fun, activity-focused prizes, such as baseballs, jump ropes, Frisbees and gift cards to popular stores like Target.

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