Eight country gifts for children

Outdoors Editor Jo Tinsley picks her favourite last minute stocking fillers to keep nature loving, muddy puddle jumping kids happy (and clean)

Juno Tepee
Create the perfect back garden playhouse or give the kids their own separate sleeping quarters on a camping trip with this brightly coloured Vango tent. It’s available in a choice of colours and sleeps between three and eight happy campers.
Tampa Junior Mid
From £42.50
Meindl’s new range of hiking boots caters for small walker’s feet by including a removable ‘Best Fit’ footbed to give 12mm of extra growing room, while grips and insoles provide even more defence for little toes when exploring the great outdoors.
Live Butterfly Garden 
Watch live caterpillars grow into butterflies then release them into the wild with this reusable habitat from Bird Food. Feeding pipette and instructions included. Aged 4 and over.

SIGG Kids water bottle
From £9.99
Made from the same extruded aluminium as the standard SIGG, these mini bottles are ultra tough and totally kid-proof, and their active bottle tops means they won’t leak either. They come in three sizes and a multitude of fun designs.
National Geographic Bug Barn
Keep fledgling scientists entertained on country walks by challenging them to collect and observe bug specimens. The Bug Barn comes with an observation room and high-powered magnifier, tweezers, canister and net. For young scientists ages 6 and over.
RSPB children’s binoculars
Introduce young explorers to the wonders of wildlife watching with these compact kid-friendly binoculars, complete with carry case, belt holder and cleaning cloth. Age 7-12.
How Does Your Garden Grow Giftset
Delight the budding gardener in your family with this pukka gift set from Jamie Oliver. Packed into a bright red bucket you’ll find an apron, gloves, mini tools, pencil and plant markers. Suitable for green fingers aged 3 and over.

Lightweight Puddlepac Waterproof
Weatherproof the kids with these brand new lightweight jackets from Muddy Puddles. Offering 100% protection from rain and wind, the macs pack down into a pouch, which you can then attach to a belt or rucksack. Each jacket comes with a nametag, which you can mark with a waterproof pen, and washes easily without the need for soap powder.
18 months – 8 years.