a summer of bug wrangling {Backyard Safari Outfitters}

Summer is here and it is time to get outside.  Backyard Safari Outfitters has just what your kids need to explore the uncharted grasses and trees of the wild backyard.

We just moved into a house with a yard after a very long year in a Los Angeles apartment building.  Perhaps condo living works for some, but not my family.  We prefer to be outdoors as much as possible and thankfully we can be now!  The Backyard Safari Outfitters products came for review right before we moved so I packed them up for a later time.  They were the first things my daughter asked for me to find once we moved in — not an easy task — but find them I did!

Day one in our new house my husband captured a little lizard in our yard.  She went into the Backyard Safari Outfitters Land & Water Lighted Habitat and my daughter promptly named the lizard, Lizzy.  It was a learning experience for my daughter as we saw the different defense mechanisms a lizard has.  One, it shot its tail off in hopes of escaping, a very unique skill indeed.  Then, she continued to “play dead” for quite some time.  Eventually she started to move around, climbing the tree and taking dips in the water.

Lizzy… notice the tail stub!

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The Land & Water Habitat is a really awesome way to keep and observe wildlife.  Kids can keep smaller animals in here like bugs, lizards, frogs, turtles and snakes (like my daughter would ever keep a shake in there!) as the habitat has both dry land and a pool of water.  It is clear 360° so it is easy to find the creatures, although the back can have a changeable background scene.  The only issue I noted was Lizzy became wedged a couple times between the liner and the outside wall so keep an eye on your pet.

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We knew that Lizzy wouldn’t make it too long without nutritious snacks, which is where my second Backyard Safari Outfitters product came into play.  The Bug Vacuum With Lazer Light was the perfect tool for collecting bugs for Lizzy.  My daughter got such a kick out of rounding up the bugs and it has become a nightly task for her.  She finds ants and beetles with the occasional lame (as in wounded) grasshopper or fly.

Kids can light up the bug and then squeeze a trigger to start the vacuum.  It isn’t the strongest suction I’ve felt but it has no problem pulling in little bugs.  Once captured, you can look through the attached magnifying glass to study the bug… then dump them into your lizard’s cage!  Circle of Life.  The Land & Water Habitat has a port to fit the Vac, making transfer of creatures easy.

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Products that stir up conversations are invaluable tools for parents.  My six year old is now fascinated with finding and identifying bugs.  Since I homeschool, we spend a good amount of time now talking about insects, classifying and comparing them.  Being a good teacher to your kids, whether you homeschool or not, is all about finding topics that interest them and applying them to core curriculum.  They stay engaged that way and learn so much quicker.

For the collector in your bunch, Backyard Safari Outfitters toys come with patches that can be sewn onto their Backyard Safari Cargo Vest.  For instance, the Lazer Light Bug Vac came with a “Bug Wrangler” patch.  I held this over my daughter’s head (figuratively) to encourage her insect studies.  After a week of learning and wrangling, I sewed on the patch.  She is SO excited to get more products and earn new patches.

bug wranglin’ by moonlight

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The Cargo Vest is something my daughter loves to put on during her adventures outdoors.  She keeps it right next to her princess dresses, tutus and fairy wings.  Like the name suggests, this vest has all kinds of pockets and D rings to attach items.  I find rocks, flowers and other natural treasures in these pockets most days.

Learn more about Backyard Safari Outfitters on their website.  Keep in the know by following them on Twitter and liking on Facebook.

Products were provided by Backyard Outfitters to facilitate this review; all opinions are 100% my own.

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  1. June 14, 2013 at 12:08 pm — Reply

    Kids are so lucky now. I had to catch my own frogs by hand and the bugs to keep them alive.
    Backyard Safari sounds like fun. When my son get a little older (4 or 5) I could see us getting something like this for him.

  2. June 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm — Reply

    How fun! My son would love that!

  3. Sabrina Radke
    June 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm — Reply

    I’m so not the bug type of mom (lol) but my boys would LOVE the cool vest and totally get into this!

  4. June 14, 2013 at 1:09 pm — Reply

    That’s pretty cool. I would have had hours of enjoyment with something like that when I was a kid

  5. June 14, 2013 at 5:09 pm — Reply

    WOW!! That looks like so much fun!!! my boys would love that!!

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