Toddler watering the garden with a garden hose

12 Easy Garden Plants for Kids to Grow

I have not met a kid who didn’t like to play in the dirt.  Kids are naturally curious and the wild jungle of a flower bed or patio planter is like new undiscovered territory for them.  You will want your kids’ first gardening experiences to be positive as their enthusiasm for future gardening endeavors will likely depend on how rewarding and enjoyable their first adventures are.  To make this easier,[…]

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Play outside with nature scavenger hunt printables

Want some fun and easy ways to get your family outside having fun?  Have you ever done a nature scavenger hunt?  Are you looking for some nature scavenger hunt printables? The first time I tried a scavenger hunt with my kids I scribbled down some things for them to find on a recycled receipt, gave them a used bag and sent them on their way.  I had no idea they[…]

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Handmade pizza box solar ovens for cooking smores in your backyard

How to make pizza box solar oven Smores

Hands up if you like smores!  I like smores.  My kids love smores!  Really, you can’t go wrong with stuffing melted chocolate and gooey marshmallow into your mouth, right? Perhaps I’m getting a little too excited about all this.  But, I have reason.  For our family, smores are an eat-outside-only food so that means we get them only when we have a campfire.  So, what do you do when there’s[…]

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Gardening with kids: grow excitement, flowers, and carrots too!

6 Tips to Make Gardening with Preschoolers Fun!

No child is too young to play in the garden.  Not only will early exploration of the garden instill an interest in the growing world, help build stronger bodies and minds, but it could also lead to some yummy meals of roasted carrots and strawberry shortcake in years to come.  So, how do you cultivate your child’s inner gardener to grow?  It’s easy!  You only need to provide some garden[…]

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4 family audiobooks, short and entertaining for your next family roadtrip

Family Audiobooks: Fun Short Stories for Your Next Road Trip

The car is packed, the kids are buckled in, and ‘activities’ have been handed out: phones, tablets, Leap Pads, DVD players, or video games.  You have a three-hour drive ahead of you.  Time will fly by with the kids occupied in their own worlds.  But, what if your family were offered a different ‘activity’ that didn’t involve electronics?  Would you be up for trying something new?  What if, on your[…]

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Father and son backpacking in the mountains

Top 10 Tips for Hiking with Kids | Keep them Motivated

Have you ever been out in the woods, enjoying a lovely family hike when all of a sudden someone stops and refuses to walk one more step?  If you’ve done much hiking with kids, chances are you’ve experienced the stone footed child.  But really, can you blame those little people for their complaints?  Hiking can be hard sometimes.  Heck, I’ve been on hikes when I’m the one who starts crying[…]

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two girls hiking on a wooded trail one carrying a large stick

10 tips to get your kids outside (because it’s not always easy)

We hear it all the time “kids need less screen time, more outside time”.  Intentions aside, in today’s world of social fears, urban living, and over-scheduled lives, it’s hard to get your kids outside.  It’s hard to get ourselves outside!  We don’t need more lectures on why kids need outdoor time.  Instead we need practical solutions on getting them out.

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a family bakpacking with kids on a hiking trail carrying large packs and pushing a chariot

Backcountry camping with Kids: Prep for Success

No internet.  No running water.  No electricity.  Just lots and lots of fresh air; just ourselves and our surroundings for entertainment.  Pure adventure.  Are you ready to bring your kids backcountry camping for some intimate wilderness and family time?  Does this idea terrify you or you are considering this type of adventure?  Read on for some practical advice for backbacking with kids and camping in the woods. (For your convenience, this[…]

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Outdoor gifts for kids and adventuresome families

  Do you have any outdoor kids or adventuresome families on your shopping list this year?  Or maybe, you’re an outdoor family and are looking for practical gifts to help get you and your kids outside.  Well, I’ve put together a gift guide for outdoor families filled with some of our favourite toys and gear…. all sorts of things that we use when we’re outside exploring, playing, or just hanging[…]

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How to make Frozen Sun Catchers

Frozen Sun Catchers | Capturing Nature in Ice

If your family is like mine, we need extra motivation to get outside when the temperature drops below freezing.  Perhaps this craft will be just the thing to get your kids outside.  These frozen sun catchers can be made with a variety of items, are interesting to look at, and sparkle beautifully in the sun.  Plus, they were super easy to make; winter did most of the work for us![…]

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