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Tips and a checklist to simplify your family camping trip!

Throw out all those extensive camping checklists!  It doesn’t have to take you three days to pack for a two day camping trip. I’ll tell you a secret:  your kids don’t care if you bring the foldable kitchen or if there’s a table cloth on your picnic table.  They don’t need clean clothes every day, complicated toys, or fancy meals.  Your kids will have just as much fun playing with[…]

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Your monthly outdoor activity tracker | printable journal page

Jouranaling is one of the best things you can do for overall well being.  And, many would agree that getting outside into nature is one of the best things you can also do for your health… so, what if you combined the two?  What if you could do a quick daily reflection on your outdoor time?  What if you were prompted to plan out some outdoor adventures every month?  Would[…]

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6 quick tips for camping with your dog

If some of the kids in your family bark and have four furry legs… and if you’re a family that loves to go camping, then here are 6 quick camping with dog tips to make your family trips a little easier and a little more enjoyable for everyone! Since I don’t actually have a dog and I’m pretty sure my cats aren’t adventuresome enough to go camping, I’m very happy[…]

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Reasons to get outside | December Activity Calendar

As the holiday season approaches it can be all too easy to get caught up in all the party planning, present wrapping, and cookie decorating.  So, here’s an outdoor activity calendar that will help remind you and your family to get outside, to have fun as a family, and to bring some joy into your and others’ hearts. No excuses.  Use this calendar to make getting outside easier.  Most of[…]

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The best gift guides (for outdoor families)

Are you looking for some awesome outdoorsy gift ideas?  Take Them Outside has tried hard to put together the best gift guides to make choosing the perfect present easy and quick. And, making these gift guides has been a lot of fun too! All of the outdoorsy gift guides we’ve put together have outdoor families in mind.  You’ll find some for outdoor toys, and some for indoor nature play.  You’ll[…]

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Top family choices for nature and outdoor subscription boxes

Have you heard of subscription boxes?  They’re all the craze this holiday season.  You just pick a theme, order, and voila! But, there are so many options available, how do you choose?  To make things a little bit easier for you, below you’ll find some favorite outdoor subscription boxes for families. So, let’s jump right in! (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase through my[…]

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A Resource Library for all your outdoor printable needs!

Did you know that Take Them Outside had a private resource library? What’s in the Resource Library All freebies and downloadables that I’ve created for Take Them Outside readers are put into the library.  You’ll find things like: nature scavenger hunts outdoor games packing lists activity jars cootie catchers How do you access this fantastic printables resource library? All you have to do is sign up for the Take Them[…]

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Attracting birds in the winter | beginner steps to backyard birding

Are you on the hunt for easy winter nature connections?  Making your backyard and balcony inviting to local birds is one of the simplest ways to bring more nature into your family’s life.  Get your kids involved and make your backyard a safe and inviting place for birds in the winter. Come wintertime it can be hard to get outside.  It sometimes takes longer to get your snow pants on[…]

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Ice Lanterns: 4 creative ways to celebrate winter

Winter sometimes gets a bad rap.  Frozen windshields, slippery walks, grey skies, and red noses.  But, it happens.  It’s going to happen again next year.  Let’s learn to celebrate it and take advantage of this snowy cold season.  You can’t make ice lanterns in July, right? So, when that temperature falls, get out your tubs, round up some of nature’s treasures, and take your littles outside to help you put[…]

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Healthy Instant Oatmeal Recipes | The perfect camping breakfast!

Do you like secrets?  Do you also like oatmeal?  Well, for all you oatmeal-eating, secret-lovers, this one’s for you:  Did you know you can stop buying those overly processed and overly-sweetened pre-packaged instant oatmeals and instead start making healthy instant oatmeal right in your own kitchen! No worries, it’s easy!  You can do this.  These healthy instant oatmeal recipes below are quick, very adaptable and easily transportable for single-serving meals.[…]

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