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17 books about nature (from bookshelf to backyard!)

Below you’ll find 17 great nature book recommendations for you and your kids. These books are great for homeschooling moms, wildschooling families, or any amateur naturalist – young or old! If you can’t be outdoors with your kids — whether it’s due to work, timing, mosquitoes, blisterng heat, or blizzards — the next best thing is curling up with a good book about the outdoors.  (This post contains affiliate links[…]

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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 quick guide to tent features

Did you decide that your family will camp outdoors to bond and connect with nature? Camping is a wonderful activity that can help you to relax and learn something new. If you are a camping newbie you should know that choosing the right tent isn’t always easy. You’ll need to think on all the various tent features and needs as well as size and pricing. Let’s see what things you[…]

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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 all frantically 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 surround them. Eventually though, kids learn NOT to cuddle[…]

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Kindness, Gratitude, and Mindfulness in Nature | A shared story

The importance of teaching our children to love nature cannot be underestimated.  It is our health, our happiness, and our future. ~ Ashley, of Look for Little Helpers Parenting is not an easy task.  Aside from runny noses, misplaced teddies, and sibling squabbles we also have to help our children learn how to be citizens of world – how to care for themselves, those around them, and the world itself.[…]

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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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How to teach creativity outdoors

How do you teach creativity to kids?  In this nature connections story Addie Broussard shares a few of her own tips and suggestions.  For starters, she takes them outside. Read on to learn more about teaching creativity in the great outdoors. (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase through my link I receive a small commission at no added cost to you. I only[…]

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How to make any vacation a nature vacation

Have you ever specifically planned to take a nature vacation?  Do you intentionally include nature appreciation when you’re on vacation? According to Becki, in this latest edition of the nature connections series, you can find and appreciate nature at all destinations whether you’re visiting the beach or the big city.   How to fit nature into your family vacation by Becki Svare Hey there!  I’m Becki Svare and I blog[…]

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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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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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