Painting Trees through the Seasons

  Today is our Poppins Book Nook club and this month we are celebrating the four seasons.  Each month, a group of creative bloggers shares some excellent kids books based on the monthly theme and matches them with some fun proje...
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Outdoor Nature Crafts for Kids

  We really enjoy using natural items to create and craft, especially in the fall.  And of course, if you're using items from nature for a project, you should really hang out outdoors to DO the project! There were some wonderf...
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Explore the Forest - Tips for Hiking with Kids

We are a big hiking family - love to explore the forest on foot.  And we've been treated to some great encounters during our family hikes -- moose in Colorado, wildlife in South Dakota and even some out-of-the-ordinary highlights clos...
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Rapid City with Kids: Fun Things to Do

  During our vacation to the Black Hills & Badlands of South Dakota, we decided to enjoy some of the sights in Rapid City.  The Black Hills/Badlands area is very expansive and Rapid City is the closest city to Custer State P...
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Fun on the Farm: Places to Learn about Farm Animals & Food

Have you ever taken the kids to visit a farm?  We have so many conveniences in our lives that most children don't understand how their food is grown or where it begins. Farm visits can be lots of fun for children -- seeing the animals...
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Family Fun in the Black Hills of South Dakota

  Our summer travels took us to a whole new area of the country for our family – the Black Hills of South Dakota! After our wonderful trip to Rocky Mountain Nat’l Park last summer, we decided that we wanted another ‘back to nat...
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Boat Crafts for Kids

Boat crafts are so much fun for kids.  First, it's a very creative activity to create your own boat.  And of course, there's the up side of seeing whether it will float too. We had some great boat ideas shared at the Discover &am...
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Camping Activities & Adventures for Families

I'm not going to lie to you -- I don't do tents!  Sorry, there's just something about a thin piece of material and the possibility of bears or snakes in the area that kinda freaks me out! But family camping doesn't always mean tents....
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Boats, Water Fun and Things that Float for Kids

This week's linky will Discover & Explore Boats, Water Fun & Things that Float! Kids can explore a number of science and engineering ideas by trying to build their own boat and playing around with the concept of sink and float.&nbs...
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8 Beach Books, Crafts & Activities for Kids

Beach books, crafts and activities for kids to do this summer!Don't you just love a day at the beach?There are so many things to do!The smell of the air, the warm sand and the hunt for shells -- yep, that's what I call some summer fun!We ha...
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Science at the Beach & More Kids Activities

Explore a little science at the beach with these fun activities! A day at the beach is what summer dreams are made of when you're a kid -- sandcastles, seashells and splashing in the waves.  But there's also quite a bit of learning tha...
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Family Friendly Zoo Visits

One of the most popular attractions for families is the zoo.  I'm not sure if it's all the curiosity that we have about animal behavior or the fact that most of our kids act like animals so we think they'll feel at home during their vi...
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Playgrounds - Invitations to Play for PARENTS

Attention Parents:  What do you do when you see something like this?   Do you send your kids over to play and explore?  Or do you pick up a mallet and make some music?...
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Amazing Ideas for Creative Backyard Play this Summer

Try these backyard games & activities for awesome summer fun this year!We love spending time outdoors during the summer.Well, I LOVE to be outside no matter what!  Our kids really enjoy it as long as there's something fun to do.&nb...
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Nature Art & Sensory Play

I love to mix in natural items when we create art projects! For example, this fun art activity of painting the four seasons of a tree using sticks -- it inspires kids to really think outside the box.  There's something about the cont...
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