Uncle Milton Nat Geo Toys

Macaroni Kid Review: Week 1 Outdoor Explorer Toys

August 9, 2012
My Macaroni Kid LOVES to be outside.  Even if it's raining and muddy, she wants to be in the middle of it all!  I want to encourage her passion to be outdoors.  Enter Uncle Milton.   If you haven't heard of Uncle Milton Toys then let me be the first to introduce you to them. 

About Uncle Milton:
"Founded in 1946, Uncle Milton creates, produces and markets proprietary and licensed toys that have outstanding play value and maximum kid-appeal. Since its introduction in 1956, the Ant Farm® brand ant habitat has grown to become a universally recognized icon of American pop culture. Building on the quality and innovation of their flagship brand, Uncle Milton today leads the science category with popular brands including Star Wars™ Science, Jim Henson’s DINOSAUR TRAIN™, In My Room, and Explore It!, composed of award-winning toys that inspire wonder, learning and fun. In the spring of 2012, the company will launch a new line of National Geographic branded Outdoor Explorer toys. Uncle Milton, a Transom Capital Group company, distributes its lines of toys at fine specialty toy, hobby, gift, mass merchant and department stores nationwide, as well as through popular on line retailers."

I love that this company has a fun science category of toys!  Over the next 4 weeks I will be introducing you to the Nat Geo Outdoor Explorer toys and giving our review.  This week it's all about daytime fun with the All Terrain Nature Collector, Earth Tag, and 4-1 Navigation Tool. 

I do have to tell you that when we received our box of toys, I don't know who was more excited to go through them, my Macaroni Kid, or Macaroni Poppa, aka the Hubs!  So these toys are great to experience together and not only encourage exploring fun but family bonding time.  You know we love that!

The first day we tried out the 4-in-1 Explorer Navigation Tool
I enjoyed being able to show and teach our Lil Mac Kid more about North, South, East, and West on the compass.  It also has a thermometer, whistle, and signal mirror.   And the best feature, it has a clip so you can hook it to a belt loop so it doesn't get dropped or lost when out on a fun nature hike. 

Next we played with the All-Terrain Nature Collector.

This mechanical arm is used to grab and collect items found outside like rocks and sticks and leaves but if you have a child like mine that is so curious about bugs and critters then it's perfect for grabbing them without having to actually touch them.  She enjoyed catching roly poly bugs, watching them in the enclosed dome, and then setting them free.  My daughter cracks me up, she will tell me, "Momma, I'm going to get that bug, but I need a bow in my hair first!" 

The last toy we checked out was
the Earth Tag.

At first glance I thought it was a sling shot that was going to get her in trouble but rest assured this toy is a ball of fun! 
This is an "Aim, Launch, Score!" type activity.  You "tag" different things found outside like trees and rocks and take the time to learn about them.  This game is for ages 8 and up but with proper supervision, younger kids can enjoy it too.  Just be sure to let them know what are appropriate targets like the trees, rocks, grass, ground, and what's not appropriate targets like, you, siblings, pets, cars. :)

What I love about all of these toys is they all come with a Bonus Activity Guide that helps you come up with games, exploring activities, and scoring so that the kids are not easily bored with so many playing and learning possibilities.  And I love that it keeps her passion growing for learning outside and keeping the TV turned off saves me electricity! 

Want to get your hands on some of these amazing toys from Uncle Milton? Check them out  HERE on Amazon.
Stay tuned to next week where we explore evening fun. 

Disclaimer: These toys were provided to Dallas Macaroni Kid  for review. I was not paid for this review and the opinions above are 100% my own .