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13 Ways to Celebrate Spring


Folkmanis® Monarch Life Cycle Puppet

Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Folkmanis, Inc.
Price: $39.99

This beautifully designed puppet shows and goes through the three cycles of the monarch – chrysalis, caterpillar stage, then butterfly.




Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Ravensburger
Price: $44.99

This microscope allows children to view magnified objects through their smart device (e.g., phone, tablet, etc.) and features two magnification levels and a removable light source.



Solar & Salt Water Eco-Fan

Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Amazing Toys Limited
Price: $14.99

This kit lets children create a robotic fan that runs on salt water and sunlight.



Primary Science Outdoor Discovery Set

Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Learning Resources
Price: $29.99

Little ones can use household items, pebbles, twigs, and even bugs from the backyard to conduct 10 different experiments.


Nancy B’s Science Club Binoculars and Wildlife Activity Journal

Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Educational Insights
Price: $15.99

Binoculars and a journal to record their wildlife findings are included in this cute set.



My Fairy Garden Magical Cottage

Ages: 4 & Up
Manufacturer: PlayMonster
Price: $29.99

The set includes a flowerpot cottage with opening doors and terrace, furniture, rooftop trim, toadstool, Freya the fairy, her chipmunk friend Hazel, gardening accessories and tools, as well as the potting soil and quick-germinating seeds.



Creativity for Kids Plant Peace

Ages: 6 & Up
Manufacturer: Creativity for Kids
Price: $21.99

This kit includes a peace-sign shaped planting tray, a black and white liner, markers for decorating the liner, potting mix, chia seeds, a scoop and a small misting bottle.



The Kids Can Press Jumbo Book of Gardening

Ages: 8 & Up
Author: Karyn Morris
Illustrator: Jane Kurisu
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Hardcover Price: $14.95

An info packed book on kids and gardening.



Kids’ Garden

Ages: 8 & Up
Author: Whitney Cohen
Illustrator: Roberta Arenson
Publisher: Barefoot Books, Inc.
Hardcover Price: $19.99

A set of 40 cleverly designed, oversized cards of interesting kid friendly gardening activities.




Ages: 3 – 6 yrs.
Publisher: Cricket Media
Newsstand Price: $6.95
Subscription Price: $33.95 / 9 Issues

Budding scientists will find plenty to think about in this dynamic, “opening windows for young minds” publication, geared to the preschool and kindergarten set.



Ranger Rick and Ranger Rick Jr. Magazines

Ages: 7 & Up
Publisher: National Wildlife Federation
Newsstand Price: $4.99
Subscription Price: $24.95 / 10 Issues

Excellent reading material for children who are interested in wildlife and who enjoy nature writing.Ranger Rick Jr., offers nature-themed stories, photographs, and puzzles for children not yet ready for Ranger Rick.



National Geographic Kids

Ages: 6 – 14 yrs.
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Newsstand Price: $4.99
Subscription Price: $15.00 / 10 Issues

A nature-themed variety magazine that offers articles and activities on a wide range of topics.



MarcoPolo Weather

Ages: 3 – 7 yrs.
Developer: MarcoPolo Learning
Platform: iPhone/iPod Touch

This app provides free form play for learning about different weather conditions and how changing weather variables affect humans and the environment.