The Backyard Naturalist's favorite global nature-themed game features an unusual inflatable globe instead of a board. Travel around the world, learn fun facts about animals and where they live.

Nature Games & Puzzles

The Backyard Naturalist, in Olney Maryland, has nature-themed games, puzzles, books and more for children.

The Backyard Naturalist has nature-themed games, puzzles and educational toys for different ages. We update our store with new items frequently— faster than we can update here! Some items are subject to availability.

Here are quick links to descriptions of a few favorites:

Nature-Themed Games for Children

Grow a Garden Matching Game
Gather Garden Matching Game
Animal Quest Game with Inflatable Globe
What Do You Know Bingo
Bird Bingo
Life on Earth Simple Bingo
Pictorial Dominoes

Puzzles for All Ages

The Towering Tree Puzzle
Life on Earth Puzzle
Puzzles for Very Young Children

See our Jigsaw Puzzles page for ages 14 and up.

Other Fun and Educational Toys

Suprizamals
Grow a Ginormous Bald Eagle


Nature-themed Board Games

Matching and Memory Games

The Backyard Naturalist's has matching and memory games for kids, including Grow a Garden game.

Grow a Garden

Features 56 beautifully illustrated cards with garden helpers such as ladybugs and butterflies plus garden goodies like pumpkins and tomatoes.


The Backyard Naturalist recommends the award-winning Gathering a Garden game for children ages 5 and up.

Gather a Garden

This luscious game is a breath of fresh air! Take a trip round to each vendor to gather some flowers, vegetables and more for your bounty of garden delights.Winner of the Oppenheim Gold Award

Features

  • For ages 5 and up
  • Board opens to 18″ x 18″
  • No plastic pieces!

Adventure and Learning

Animal Quest

How about an Earth-sized game? Travel around the world with your favorite animal while learning fun facts about 270 animal species and the countries where they live.

The Backyard Naturalist's favorite global nature-themed game features an unusual inflatable globe instead of a board. Travel around the world, learn fun facts about animals and where they live.

  • Inflate The giant globe printed with countries of the world and key animal species.
  • Toss the globe like a ball from person to person.
  • Catch it and give a fun fact about one of the animals under your left hand.
  • Great for hours of imaginative play.
  • Includes a 20 inch inflatable globe, playing cards, timer, dice and instructions.
  • For 1, 2, 3, 4 or more players! A great family game!
  • For Age 4 and up. Note: Small Parts Warning
  • Made in USA.

B-I-N-G-O!

Bird Bingo

This beautifully illustrated bingo game features 64 species of birds from around the world. Spot all kinds of birds—from Robins to Puffins and Kookaburras to the splendid Fairy Wren. Mark them off on your card and be ready to shout “Bingo!”.

The Backyard Naturalist's favorite Bingo game for the whole family is 'Bird Bingo'. Includes beautifully illustrated game pieces showing 64 bird species, including: Robins, Puffins, Kookaburras, Fairy Wrens and more.

  • 64 superbly illustrated bird tokens.
  • One game board and 12 bingo cards.
  • Brightly colored counters for marking cards.
  • Information and quirky traits for all featured birds is included in a leaflet.
  • Fun for the whole family.

 

What Do You Know Bingo

The Backyard Naturalist's Bingo game features lively illustrations and fun facts about natural history and earth science.Fossils, bugs and shooting stars-
Learn facts about this world of ours!
Natural wonders are explored
As you fill your bingo board!

  • 48 playing pieces, each features a different species illustrated by Melissa Sweet.
  • Six game boards and cloth storage bag included.
  • For ages 5 and up.

 

Life on Earth Simple Bingo

Be first to fill your playing board with things that live and grow,
Shout “Bingo!” and you win the game with creatures that you know.

The Backyard Naturalist's favorite pictorial bingo game for young children has beautiful illustrations inspired by nature. Match images of animals and insects to win.

  • 36 playing pieces, each features a different species illustrated by Melissa Sweet.
  • Six game boards and cloth storage bag included.
  • For ages 5 and up.

Pictorial Dominoes

Life on Earth Dominoes

The Backyard Naturalist's favorite dominoes for young children feature larger tiles with charming animal illustrations to match. Ages 3 and up.This 28 piece set will bring hours of lively gaming, each 2″x4″ tile celebrates the rich diversity of Life on Earth with colorful, graphic illustrations.
For ages 3 and up.

Nature-themed Card Games

Memory and Matching
What Bird Am I? The Bird Identification Game
Little Bluebird’s Matching Game
Match a Leaf
Match a Pair of Birds
Cats & Kittens
Dogs & Puppies

Trivia


Birds of North America
Reptiles and Amphibians
Wildlife of North America

Nature-Themed Puzzles

We keep a variety of puzzles in stock. Here are some of our favorites:

The Towering Tree Puzzle

Navigate the seasons and make new friends with this beautifully illustrated 17 piece large puzzle. Join a fox and explore her lemonade stand or visit a hawk and her picnic lunch! Imaginative play and puzzle logic intersect as each interlocking branch of this innovative puzzle tells a new story, providing hours of entertainment. Adventure is just a branch away!

The Backyard Naturalist recommends The Towering Tree Puzzle for hours of imaginative play discovering the lives and activities of woodland creatures.

The Backyard Naturalist recommends The Towering Tree Puzzle and its joyful illustrations of tree dwelling animals and their adventures.

Adorable 64 & 100 Piece Puzzles for Young Children

Life on Earth Puzzle

The Backyard Naturalist's favorite nature-themed puzzles for young children features a celebration of natural diversity with beautiful illustrations.

The Backyard Naturalist's favorite nature-themed puzzles for young children feature a celebration of natural diversity with beautiful illustrations.

Discover flowers, berries, beavers, bees, an owl, a cardinal in the trees and more!

Fun and Educational Toys

We keep a variety of fun and educational toys and we refresh frequently, so our stock may vary from the photos below. Here are just a few favorites:

Suprizamals! Mystery Balls

Open the Mystery Ball to find out which plush toy character is inside.

Collectable! There is one of over a hundred (and counting!) different super soft and cuddly mystery plush critters inside each balls. You just never know which one you’ll get! We currently have Mama and Babies series in stock.

Grow a GINORMOUS Bald Eagle!

Just add water, then watch this amazing bird hatch and grow! Fully submerge the Bald Eagle egg in a large container of cool water. Let it rest (undisturbed!) for 48 to 72 hours. During this time, the eagle will break out of its shell and begin to grow! Once the eagle has completely broken out of its shell, replace the water with fresh water and watch him grow. And GROW. From 2-1/2″ up to 7″. Let it dry and grow it again. And again.