How to Start & Organize a Nature Collection

If you've been around these parts, you'll know that we have a fondness for nature activities ;)  Most rooms in our house host some type of nature collection -- shells, rocks, tree seeds, leaves in the Fall, etc. And many of these we...
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Animal Observation Activities: Tips for Teaching a Child to Focus & Listen

Today we're going to talk about how to help your child increase their attention span.I know, we can all use practice with that, right?  It's the age we live in -- things move so fast and kids don't have the time they need to process th...
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Easy Nature Craft for Kids: Zentangle Rocks

I've learned a few things over the years when it comes to getting kids to talk & share -- First, a good snack goes a long way ;)  And second, kids are more likely to open up when they are preoccupied in an activity WITH an adult. I...
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Fun Math Games: Plot Points on a Map Scavenger Hunt

I'm super excited about today's activity!Why?  It's a fun way to get the kids outside PLUS there's some math involved AND there's also an element of surprise! So your kids won't even notice the math & learning that's involved ...
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DIY T-shirt Painting: Sun Printing on Fabric

Paint a t-shirt using heat from the sun -- an awesome craft for teens & kids this summer!You know when you find those inspirational points where two seemingly unrelated things collide?Like frozen hot chocolate?! You think "Man, I'm...
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A Secret Club for Kids -- Activities to Help Siblings Get Along

Try this creative idea fOne summer, our kids decided they wanted to start their own club.A secret club."One that only has kids allowed Mom -- you can't come in, okay?"It's one of those times as a parent when you're excited for the creativit...
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5 Tips for Kayaking with Kids

Try something new this summer by learning to kayak with your kids -- we've got tips & inspiration for how to get started!  This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Banana Boat® . All details & opinions are m...
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Go BIG! Life-size Games & Art Activities that Make Kids Say "WOW!"

Have you ever noticed that normal sized things are boring for kids? "Want pancakes this morning?" and all I hear is  "Ok." But if I ask "How about a pancake the size of your plate?", then I hear "AWESOME!" Yep, size matters to kids ...
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30 Fun Things to do in June: Holidays & Observances

Sometimes creating fun memories is as simple as celebrating a day together -- so I thought I would share some of the fun & unique June Observation Days that families will enjoy! It seems that there is a Fun Day celebration for everythi...
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Science & Water Activities for a Day at the Pond

One thing I really enjoy during the summer are days out with the kids!  We like to explore almost anywhere but since we have a summer budget, finding free places to visit is always a plus since we like to get out a lot during summerti...
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The Best National Park Adventures for Kids

Learn about the Junior Ranger Program for kids -- the best kept secret at the National Parks!If you visit our blog frequently, you'll know that we are BIG fans of getting kids outside :)Our first post featuring Kids to Parks Day focused on ...
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10 Camping Books for Kids + Where to Camp for Free!

Find free places to camp with your family and great books for camping for kids! Planning a family camping trip this year?  Or just pitching a tent in the backyard?  Camping with your kids can be tons of fun -- sleeping under the s...
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How to Build the Eiffel Tower: An Engineering Project for Kids

How to Build the Eiffel Tower: An Engineering Project for Kids

Challenge your kids to an engineering project by building the Eiffel Tower using newspapers!This past week, I was looking for a fun engineering project for us to do over Spring Break.Both of my kids loved to build with blocks and Legos when...
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28 Things You Can Do with Rocks

Rocks! You find them in jacket pockets, lined up on window sills and creating havoc in your dryer. And yet, when you had one over to the kids and ask them to return it to the yard, their faces gasp in horror ... "MOM!  This is -- -- t...
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Outdoor Games, Crafts & Nature Activities for Kids

Spring is coming!  It is -- I promise :) So today we have an awesome list of outdoor activities, nature crafts and games -- 50 ways to enjoy the outdoors. Because with Spring comes that super nice weather (not too cold, not too hot),...
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