Parents are usually a bit apprehensive about letting their kids sleep unsupervised outdoors in a tent. In many cases, dad might have to join them just to make sure everything is safe and sound. Well, a company called "Insect Lore" may have solved the problem, and even added some fun to the equation.
"Insect Lore" is well known for selling live caterpillars, in the form of a "Butterfly Garden," to schools and homes all over the country. The kit provides food, resulting in the development of real painted lady butterflies. Now, the folks at "Insect Lore" have developed a new line of toys, called "Campfire Kids." "Toys Bulletin" is going to take a closer look at three of the items available in this new line of indoor camping gear, intended for youngsters ages 3 and up.
First of all, there is the "Wilderness Tent." Young campers must, of course, have a place to sleep, and this does fit the bill very nicely. The tent measures 32"W x 68"L x 33"H, and the quality fabric is fitted with plastic poles to complete the setup. It sets nicely on the floor or bed, and even includes mesh windows. Adult assembly would be required.
The second item was a great looking "Lantern." It included 3 AA batteries, gave off a very bright light, and included some realistic animal sounds at the push of a button. The lantern stands 7 inches high, and fits nicely inside or outside the tent.
The third accessory was the "Wood Chopping Set." It comes with a two-piece snap together log, and an axe to cut the wood. The log can easily be snapped back together, so youngsters can chop wood over and over again.
We gathered a group of four pre-school kids, ages 3 and 4 years old. We had set up the tent, put the lantern at the entrance and the axe and wood off to the side of the tent. This was a very easy group to work with. Two of the kids ran to the tent, went inside, and peered through the mesh windows. The other two stopped and played with the lantern, laughing at the animal sounds. We called the kids over and showed them how to chop the wood and how to snap it back together. They all tried it and had a great time. The kids wanted to spend the night at the pre-school, but the parents had other ideas.
We explained to the inquiring parents that there were many additional accessories available for the "Campfire Kids" collection, including a "campfire," "stump stool," "fish fry," "bearskin rug," "log cabin tent," "roasting sticks," "raccoon hat," "hiking stick," "canteen," and "telescoping net." The selection was amazing, and the prices were also reasonable. The "Wilderness Tent" retailed for $39.99, while the "Lantern," and "Wood Chopping Set" retailed for $19.99 each. Prices do vary from time to time. Most, if not all, of the items included in the "Campfire Kids" collection can be purchased at Amazon.com
-- RJ Cullen