From Xplor for Kids
December 2010 Issue

Outdoor Christmas

Publish Date

Dec 01, 2010

Santa loves to give gifts that get kids outside. How do we know?

Anyone who lives at the North Pole, raises reindeer, and flies around the world with the top down has to be a nature lover. So, go ahead and put that tent, fishing pole, binoculars or compound bow on your Christmas list. Other great outdoor gear such as a headlamp, butterfly net or compass cost $20 or less. After all, the best toys aren’t powered by batteries, they’re fueled by imagination.

Looking for a great gift for mom or dad? Make up a coupon to take them fishing, canoeing or camping!

  • A compass can take you anywhere you want to go.
  • Catch those butterflies that flutter by with a butterfly net.
  • Jot down the sights and sounds of your next outdoor adventure in a nature journal.
  • Don’t let sundown slow you down. Explore more even after lights out with a headlamp.
  • Binoculars are like eagle eyes. They help you spot tiny or far away animals.
  • A bag of birdseed helps you create a paradise for wildlife in your own backyard.
  • Nature guides can help you identify any critter that slithers, flitters or skitters. Visit the Conservation Department's Nature Shop for a great selection.
  • Use a compound bow to bulls-eye a target or a turkey.
  • It’s cold now, but fishing will heat up soon. Put a fishing pole on your list to make sure your ready.
  • Get to know your buggy neighbors with a bug box.
  • Camping out in a tent is tons of fun whether in your backyard or the back of beyond.

Also in this issue

Photos With Nop and Dave: Frozen Moments

It takes an extreme photographer to capture extreme wildlife. Fortunately, Nop Paothong has the eye of an eagle and the stubbornness of a Missouri mule. Follow Nop’s advice to take great eagle photos.

You Discover

Get out to discover nature coming and going. Here are a few ideas to keep you outside in December and January.

My Outdoor Adventure

Snowflakes fluttered down as the Krumm family launched their canoes into the Current River.

Let's Go Rabbit Hunting!

Earlier that morning, Kelsey and her sister, Lindsey Jo, pull on their rabbit-hunting clothes. Rabbits love briars and brambles. To avoid getting chewed up, the girls tug on thick jeans and boots.

The 8 "Ates"

How do animals tolerate the winter weather that refrigerates the Show-Me State? Humans can relocate to cozy homes and wait for temperat ures to moderate. Wild critters aren’t so fortunate. It’s their fate to operate in winter’s freezing climate. But, wait. Animals have eight great traits to help them compensate.

Xplor More: It's Time to Make Snow Ice Cream

Need a good way to refuel after a long day of playing in the snow? Make some snow cream. Just follow the recipe below to make this easy, yummy treat.

This Issue's Staff:

David Besenger
Bonnie Chasteen
Chris Cloyd
Peg Craft
Brett Dufur
Les Fortenberry
Chris Haefke
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Kevin Lanahan
Kevin Muenks
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
Tim Smith
David Stonner
Nichole Leclair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Alicia Weaver
Cliff White
Kipp Woods

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