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 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! Please stop in to see the full selection, as some items are subject to availability. Here are a few of our favorite recommendations for kids:

Suprizamals! Mystery Balls

The Backyard Naturalist has Surprizamals Series 5 in stock while supplies last.

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! Will anyone collect them all? We currently have Series 5 in store (while supplies last).

Hatchin Turtle and Dino Eggs

The Backyard Naturalist has Toysmith's Hatchin Grow Turtles, Frogs, Lizards and Dinosaurs.

Submerge the egg in water and watch the foam animal emerge from its shell.

Watch it grow up to 5-inches in length after leaving a shell half that’s only 2.5 inches. Recommended for ages 5 years and up.

The Backyard Naturalist has Hatchin Grow Dinos in stock. Just add water!

Grow a GINORMOUS Lizard or Frog

The Backyard Naturalist has Ginormous Grow Lizards and Frogs in stock.

This Ginormous Lizard grows up to 36 in length. Seriously. We’re not kidding.

These lizards are only 12.5 inches long when you take them out of the package. They can be dried out and then grown over and over again!

Surprise Grandma by putting one in her bathtub this Christmas!

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For Budding Gardeners!

Grow a Garden Matching Memory Game

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

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


Gather a Garden Board Game

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

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.

Features

  • For ages 5 and up
  • Board opens to 18″ x 18″
  • No plastic pieces!
  • Winner of the Oppenheim Gold Award

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.

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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 Puzzles

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

Adorable 64 & 100 Piece Puzzles for Young Children

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!