Fun Mapping Activities and Learning Games for Kids

Maps provide awesome guidance for learning! Despite GPS, map reading and map skills are still super important skills for kids to learn. Plus, map skills for kids are something they will use their entire lives! Map Reading for Kids Mapping Activities for Kids Map reading is for children of all ages! It is never too early (or late) to start kids on mapping reading worksheets. Children’s maps are easy to[…]

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Nature activities for inside & the backyard (bucket list & calendar)

Have you been asked to work from home? Or perhaps you’re doing school at home or you’re practicing social distancing… or (and hopefully this isn’t the case) your family has been asked to self-isolate? Or, maybe it’s nothing at all to do with this current state of affairs… you just happen to be stuck at home. Whatever the reason, below you’ll find a list of various ways you can still[…]

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111 Screen free activities for Screen Free Week

Are you addicted to your device?  Do your kids play too many video games or does your husband watch too much Netflix?  Have you ever challenged your family to put screens away for a whole seven days?  Have you ever done a screen free week? Have you even heard of Screen Free Week? Of course you don’t need to wait for the official Screen Free Week to turn off your[…]

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Wonderful Wintertime Ice Suncatcher 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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Some must read tips before ice skating outside on that frozen lake!

Here are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you do have the most enjoyable (and safe) time you can when skating outdoors on frozen lakes and ponds!  How do you know when frozen lakes are safe to skate on? According to the Canadian Red Cross, ice should be at least 20-25 cm thick for group skating (that’s about 8 inches). Remember, the more people the more[…]

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(Easy) Outdoor winter activities for toddlers and kids

It’s winter! Snow and cold and ice and the possibilities of new and different play! Below you’ll find a list of all sorts of outdoor winter activities for kids and toddlers that you can set up right in your own backyard. How I miss the days that my littles would wake up to a freshly painted white world… oh, and the excitement in those eyes when they heard the snowplow[…]

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Handmade pizza box solar ovens for cooking smores in your backyard

Yummy Fun with 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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Easy Family Picnics are Simpler Than You Think

Have you ever flipped through the pictures of a Gwyneth Paltrow cookbook?  Well, for starters, if the food in those cookbooks will make my thighs look like hers, then let’s get cooking!  But what I really covet (and you might too) are the glamorous family picnics she and her kids enjoy: hand-stitched quilts, laced napkins, antique tins, and smiling, well-groomed children frolicking in golden fields… But, spoiler… real life family[…]

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neighborhood scavenger hunt printables for kids

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunts – Easy way to get kids exploring outside

Getting outside and exploring your surroundings with a neighborhood scavenger hunt is a great way to be active and have fun. There are so many cool things within walking distance of your home just waiting to be discovered. If you’re looking for a fun way to get the family out together and enjoying the fresh air, why not print off this Neighborhood scavenger hunt list and head out the door?[…]

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