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The Play Outside Guide – making nature play easy!

Do you ever struggle with getting your kids outside? Wonder what you’ll do when you get out there? Spend hours scrolling Pinterest looking for the perfect nature play activity that you’ll never actually do because it takes 40 minutes to set up, a designer backyard, or a degree in carpentry or chemistry? If your hands are in the air and you’re yelling “yes, yes, that’s me!” Or, even if you’re[…]

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Wonderful Wintertime Frozen Sun Catcher Ice Ornaments

Do you need extra motivation to get outside when the temperature drops below freezing?  Perhaps this craft will be just the thing to get you and 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 are super easy to make; winter did most of the work for us! (This post contains[…]

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11 Tips – how to keep kids warm in the snow

We all need to get outside in the winter… there’s so many fun things to do in the snow! But, how do you stay warm and make sure your kids are staying warm in all that winter play? Read on for some simple tips to keep warm in the cold weather this season. Coaxing kids out the door in the wintertime It can be hard enough sometimes to motive ourselves[…]

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Easy, outdoor winter activities for Toddlers

Below you’ll find play and outdoor activity ideas to keep your toddlers outside and having fun this winter. You wake up and the world is covered in white.  And then your little one spots the snow, and if they’re like my kids were, they suddenly don’t care about cartoons and cereal.  They just need to get outside and try out their new Paw Patrol snow shovel, slide around in their[…]

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How to get out for backyard play (in spite of your kids)

“Time to go outside and play!” … Some kids hear that and rush out the door before you can say “tick check.” Others hear it and try to climb inside the couch. This article is for dealing with the latter group of kids, those kids for which getting outside is such a struggle. (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase through my link I[…]

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Fall activities for Toddlers

The fall season is such a beautiful time of year. The weather is cooler and the days are still long enough to get out after supper. When it comes to this time of year many families start looking for seasonally fun activities. Leaves and pumpkins and fresh apple cider. The fall has so many great outdoor (and indoor) sensory opportunities. And, this list is full of fun fall activities for[…]

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The best list of 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 guide full of outdoor gifts for kids that should be a perfect starting point for this year’s gift giving season! Below, you’ll find favourite outdoors toys and outdoors gear perfect[…]

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5 Adventurous play ideas to conquer childhood fear

In our early years, fear keeps us alive. Everything is potentially dangerous to the risk-oblivious toddler. It’s no wonder we’re all frantically flapping after our kids as they innocently plod about. “Stop licking the plug sockets!… Don’t climb out of the window!.. PUT THE KNIFE DOWN!” It can seem like an unending task to teach children about the potential dangers that surround them. Eventually though, kids learn NOT to cuddle[…]

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Printable Summer Planners for Outdoor Adventure

What are the signs that tell you summer is quickly approaching?  For me, it’s the first flowers of spring, the unfortunate arrival of mosquitoes, and my children’s excitement to start filling out our summer planner. In years past our kids have loved making extensive summer bucket lists that got taped up to the wall.  As the summer rolls on we would cross off every exciting activity completed.  We also used[…]

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