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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a picnic table covered in a red checkered table cloth and picnic foods

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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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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ice sun catchers with berries and leaves hanging from a tree

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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A young girl climbing a tree in the winter

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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a toddler wearing a pink snowsuit making snowballs in the snow

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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preschooler wearing a blue floral shirt planting flowers into the garden in the backyard

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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A toddler playing outside in the leaves during the fall

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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