hot stuff: go outside

enjoy the outdoors with these toys and tools

beautiful butterflies

Watch caterpillars become butterflies with this easy-to-use habitat from Backyard Safari. The round, springy shape gives butterflies plenty of room to fly while a flap lets kids drop in food without releasing butterflies too soon. A mail-in coupon is included for caterpillars and food.

backyardsafari.com; about $15




visible sunscreen

Kiss My Face has produced a 100 percent natural, water resistant, gluten-free sunscreen stick that provides SPF 30 protection from UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreen goes on and stays pink until it’s time to reapply to vulnerable areas, like the cheeks, lips, nose, and ears. Also available in blue and clear formulas.

Available at Whole Foods and kissmyface.com; about $11  

      

sheer shading

Babies can enjoy the outdoors without messy sunscreen with the Babba cover. The lightweight car seat cover has 40-50+ SPF and UV protection built-in to the fabric, and mosquito netting on the sides allows your baby to enjoy a cool breeze. The cover has a hole on top to give you a firm grip on the handle.

Available at Creative Kidstuff stores and babbaco.com; about $50




wonderful water bottle

S’Well has crafted the ultimate stainless steel water bottle to replace the waste created by the improper disposal of plastic water bottles. Completely toxin-free, these 17 oz. bottles keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot longer than other bottles.  Ten percent of the sale of each bottle goes to WaterAid, a nonprofit that delivers water solutions to the world’s poorest communities.

swellbottle.com; $35




all-in-one binos

These 7-function foldable binoculars by Coghlans will satisfy your child’s curiosity all summer long, and is small enough to tuck into a pocket or backpack. Varying features allow them to check out creepy bugs, use a compass, or communicate with friends using the signal mirror. Binocular vision can be adjusted using the simple wheel in the body of the tool, and each instrument tucks away neatly without swinging out of place.

Available at REI stores or amazon.com; about $8