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)

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Juno Tepee
£50-150
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.
 
 
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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 
£14.99
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.

 
 
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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
£12
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
£25.95
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.
 
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How Does Your Garden Grow Giftset
£22
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.

 
 
 
 
 
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Lightweight Puddlepac Waterproof
£20
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.
 
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