When we found out that Dr. (nay, Dame!) Jane Goodall was coming out with a children’s home line in collaboration with Crate & Kids, we just about fell over. Because dame! Doctor! Jane! Goodall! This is us shouting with excitement. After all, the renowned animal behavior expert has been a personal idol of so many women — including, you know, myself and one Meghan Markle — since we were little girls investigating the flora and fauna our own neighborhood jungles (for me, Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx; for Markle, IDK, Lake Balboa?!). By now, Goodall has proven to more than one generation of girls and women that science and adventure are anything but the boys’ club they were once upon a time.
And with her new Crate & Kids collab, Goodall lets even the littlest of children bring that quest for learning, exploration, and care for the environment into their own homes — just in time for us all to re-quarantine this winter (sob). The offerings range from the educational — a book about Dr. Goodall’s life and research with chimpanzees in Tanzania, a play research tent so kids can conduct their own observations in their home/yard — to the simply delightful, such as a chimpanzee throw pillow and a leopard-headed baby towel.
Whether you’re starting that holiday gift list already (no judgment) or are in the market to upgrade your kid’s nursery to more of a big-kid room, there’s something whimsical and wildlife-inspired for any age in this collection. And while explorers young and old remain tethered to home mid-pandemic, there’s no better way to exorcise some of that wanderlust (or spend that would-be travel money) than creating your own wonderful wilderness right at home.
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