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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Young girl enjoying some risky adventurous play by jumping off cliffs into the sand below

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 allfrantically 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 surroundthem. Eventually though, kids learn NOT to cuddle open fires, lick[…]

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young girl reading a book laying on a towel at the beach

summer reading challenge

Summertime… the season of Popsicles, lazy mornings, road trips, and days at the pool.  But, what do you do when that sweet summer bliss turns sour? If you’re on the hunt for something get your kid outdoors plus get them motivated and using their brains while school is out, then check out this summer reading challenge! What is a summer reading challenge?  This summer reading challenge is a little different[…]

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a toddler wearing a pink snowsuit making snowballs in the snow

No fuss outdoor winter activities for Toddlers

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 sled, and eat some snow! (Yes, let’s be honest, all kids eat snow.) But, aside from shoveling, sliding,[…]

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a family riding the chair lift at Marmot Basin in Jasper National Park

9 Tips How to stay warm in cold weather when outside

It can be hard enough sometimes to motive ourselves and our kids out the door… but add freezing temperatures and snow gear into that mix and sometimes that’s enough to make even the most outdoorsy of us second guess our plans. But, we all need to get outside… there’s so many fun things to do in the snow… so read on to grab some simple tips for staying warm in[…]

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Some must read tips before ice skating on that frozen lake!

It’s hard to describe the scraping sliding sound of skates cutting over the surface of a frozen lake…. then combine that sounds with the slapping of sticks, the cheering and laughing… and you’ll have a true Canadian sound clip. But, you don’t have to be a Canuk to enjoy ice skating on frozen lakes or ponds!  Nor do you have to even be much of a skater to get out[…]

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