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Play outside with nature scavenger hunt printables

Want some fun and easy ways to get your family outside having fun?  Have you ever done a nature scavenger hunt?  Are you looking for some nature scavenger hunt printables? The first time I tried a scavenger hunt with my kids I scribbled down some things for them to find on a recycled receipt, gave them a used bag and sent them on their way.  I had no idea they[…]

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Making connections between sensory development, nature, and babies

Experts tell us that babies need sensory stimulation for proper sensory development as they grow.  For new parents, knowing which stimulation is best can be difficult.  With every book you read, documentary you watch, or auntie you ask, the question of what’s the best baby stimulation seems harder and harder to answer.   This post offers simple advice to put you on the right track.

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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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Gardening with kids: grow excitement, flowers, and carrots too!

6 Tips to Make Gardening with Preschoolers Fun!

No child is too young to play in the garden.  Not only will early exploration of the garden instill an interest in the growing world, help build stronger bodies and minds, but it could also lead to some yummy meals of roasted carrots and strawberry shortcake in years to come.  So, how do you cultivate your child’s inner gardener to grow?  It’s easy!  You only need to provide some garden[…]

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Gardening and Wellbeing | A Love-Seed Story

Seeds are powerful. They are tiny and tough, resilient and creative, potent and productive. As I rummage and sort through my seed collection, I am touched by the story of each seed…. The story of garden seeds is inextricable from the human story, and stories are powerful. ~ Lorrie Shoettler Your connection to nature is personal.  It is unique.  Whatever that relationship looks like will not look the same for[…]

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make your next family trip to the town of Jasper even better knowing these 5 jasper family travel tips

Town of Jasper Family Travel Tips You Need to Know

The town of Jasper, a small feel in the big mountains… the perfect family destination.  You can spend your days exploring the woods, climbing mountains, swimming in hot springs, and wildlife watching.  However, at some point, you’ll find yourself in the town just walking around.  It’s lovely; your family will have a great time. But you can all have an even better time if you take note of these following tips.[…]

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4 family audiobooks, short and entertaining for your next family roadtrip

Family Audiobooks: Fun Short Stories for Your Next Road Trip

The car is packed, the kids are buckled in, and ‘activities’ have been handed out: phones, tablets, Leap Pads, DVD players, or video games.  You have a three-hour drive ahead of you.  Time will fly by with the kids occupied in their own worlds.  But, what if your family were offered a different ‘activity’ that didn’t involve electronics?  Would you be up for trying something new?  What if, on your[…]

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Top 10 Tips for Hiking with Kids

Have you ever been out in the woods, enjoying a lovely family hike when all of a sudden someone stops and refuses to walk one more step?  If you’ve done much hiking with kids, chances are you’ve experienced the stone footed child.  But really, can you blame those little people for their complaints?  Hiking can be hard sometimes.  Heck, I’ve been on hikes when I’m the one who starts crying[…]

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Nature Reading: Kids Books about Spring and Gardening

When does that gardening itch begin for you?  For me, it’s in the coldest of winter, when the snow is falling, and when I haven’t seen the dirt for months.  That’s when I start thinking about seeds and flowers, about bees, and fresh strawberries. We’ve been exploring our library’s shelves for kids books about spring and gardening lately.  Below is a collection of notable books we’ve enjoyed on the subject[…]

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Connect your family to nature: Man, woman, and two children standing together with Mt. Taranaki of New Zealand in the background. text reads making nature connections, one family's story

What Connects Your Family to Nature? | A Story Shared

You don’t have to be an outdoor adventurer to connect your family to nature, but it sure helps!  Do you take your family trekking through the woods and let them sleep under the stars? In this addition to Take Them Outside’s Connecting to Nature Series, Mark shares how a childhood of outdoor adventure has inspired him to share his love of nature with his own children. (I’ve included some affiliate[…]

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