Gardens are the ideal place for children to experience nature. Fundamentally receptive to and enthusiastic about outdoor activities, they are not even put off by the thought of a spot of gardening work if this is presented to them in the right way. Good tools are all part of this. For years now, toy manufacturers have been offering spades, rakes, planter boxes and propagators, often licensed, that encourage children to learn about the natural world through play. Moses Verlag GmbH (Hall 10.0 / H-04a) has now brought out a how-to guide on gardening in beds, pots and boxes (German title: Gärtnern in Beet, Topf & Kasten), with tips for little gardeners. At the same time, the company is also offering the right tool for this in the form of a multifunctional folding spade made of carbon steel.
A universal tool for the garden, beach, sandbox and snow is available from Quut Toys (Hall 8 / D-31). Raki can be used as a rake or spade and also as a funnel and sieve – ideal for pottering around in the garden. It is compact, light, versatile and ergonomic.
The major future potential of the Explore Nature trend identified by the Spielwarenmesse TrendCommittee has not gone unnoticed by others. Digitisation is heralding a countertrend involving DIY and "getting back to our roots". Habermaass GmbH (Hall 3 / A-13, C-12) has been ploughing the wide field of nature for more than ten years with its Terra Kids line. Besides revamping the line to give it a completely new look, the company has also added more tools, a telescope, a blow pipe and a fire starter set.