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SET UP A KID FRIENDLY BACKYARD FOR ACTIVE PLAY

How to Set Up a Kid Friendly Backyard for Active Play

A kid friendly backyard encourages active outdoor play. Here's how to set one up plus 11 key elements to consider for your outdoor play space, such as sand & water, privacy, toys, and plants. I've been working on making the backyard at our new house enticing for the whole family, but especially turning it into a place where the kids want to play. Until recently, it was a blank slate---flat lawn and nothing else---that my daughters rarely wanted to use and that I found depressing to even look…

5 TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL GARDEN WITH KIDS

5 Tips for a Successful Garden with Kids

With these 5 Tips for a Successful Garden with Kids you'll find out just how easy gardening is.

How Nature Makes Kids Calmer, Healthier, Happier, Smarter

Nature: Why children and parents need the great outdoors

Did you grow up building dams in the stream, climbing trees, and chasing fireflies as the evening darkened? If you did, you'll agree with me that all children deserve those experiences.

11 ways to make gardening extra fun for kids from Slow Family Online. #garden #gardenchat #kids

Earth Day and Every Day: 11 Ways to Make Gardening Extra Fun for Kids - Slow Family

11 ways to make gardening extra fun for kids from Slow Family Online. #garden #gardenchat #kids

100 Things To Do With Your Kids This Summer!

Six Sisters' Stuff · Family Recipes, Food, Fun Crafts

Well, school is over for us and I am kind of freaking out . I am hoping to avoid that dreaded phrase, "Mom . . . I'm BORED!" So, I decided that I would put together a list of things of fun things.

Glowing/Neon Balloons.   Put a Glow stick in a balloon before you blow it up. Genius! Perfect for night parties

Glowing/Neon Balloons. Put a Glow stick in a balloon before you blow it up. Genius! Perfect for night parties

Ping Pong Ball Toss  (idea crafted from the old carnival game from the 80's - ping pong fish bowl toss)

Sea Urchins and Ping Pong Water Toss

Here are some fun things we did in the past 24 hours. a fancy design on the light table with sand and glass gems We got an Artificial Jellyfish Tank! (so cool!!) it changes colors! ( i think it has maybe 10 color changes) Sea Urchin sensory table (glass gems, shells, orange extract for scent, sea urchin looking toys from the dollar tree ) close up of right side close up of left side soap table fun they put a lot of men and sea creatures in it admiring hibiscus Ping Pong Water Toss (16 ping…

Nature Made Musical Instruments

15 minutes outside 365 days a year, what a challenge! I consider myself to be a nature girl and even I am awed by the commitment Gina from famiglia&seoul made this year. She writes: I

10 ways to have fun on a walk!

10 Fun Walk Ideas for Families

Family walks are a great way to get exercise and have fun together. Here are 10 fun walk ideas for families that will get you outside and having fun with your kids. Perfect for all ages..

Outdoor Activities for Kids

50 Simple Outdoor Activities For Kids - No Time For Flash Cards

Spring is in the air! It's time to start thinking of things to do outside with the kiddos. Here is a list of 50 easy and cheap outdoor activities for kids.

Keep them busy for hours! A block of ice with treasure frozen inside and a hammer.  Great for those 100+ degree summers!

Counting Coconuts

Several of you suggested I make a Wizard of Oz sensory tub, and since that happens to be one of my favorite movies, I was totally up for it! I only used things I had on hand already (meaning I didn't spend any money on making this tub) and so I had to be a bit creative as a result (meaning some of things in this tub are a bit of a stretch). :) Here's what's inside: :: The Yellow Brick Road - yellow Lego bricks. Perfect for my Lego lovin' boy! :: Poppies - red fabric flowers. Yes, I know…

Funnels!

tube and funnel peg board

We definitely have some 'water babies' this year. You can always tell who needs more water play by observing the children who spend copiou...

Summer Activity. 1/4" Mt Dew in bottle, add tiny bit of baking soda and 3 capfuls of hydrogen peroxide. Shake and it glows. Pour on sidewalk to "paint"...Who knew!? (The kids will have a blast!!)"  doing this this summer

Summer Activity. 1/4" Mt Dew in bottle, add tiny bit of baking soda and 3 capfuls of hydrogen peroxide. Shake and it glows. Pour on sidewalk to "paint"...Who knew!? (The kids will have a blast!!)" doing this this summer

30 Gross Motor Activities for Kids with Excess Energy!

30 Energetic Activities for Kids with High Energy

Energetic activities are important for gross motor skills development in any child, and even more so for kids with high energy! Try one today.

Build a rope bridge! I know we need one of these to get over the alligator pit in our back yard...

Give Him Just Enough Rope to LEARN Himself

A blog about toddler, preschool, and little kid activities, crafts, and education.

Freeze Tag and 10 More Games That Keep Your Kids Active all Summer!

DIY Backyard Games

Cue the nostalgia with these awesome backyard games, all of which were made with outdoor fun in mind. By putting waterproof materials to good use with some of your favorite classic games, your inner child will be having just as much fun as the real-life little ones you know. Let the games begin!