Natural Playground with Tree Stumps

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Let your walks now be a little more adventurous. - Henry David Thoreau Do you have a natural playground in your yard or near your home? A natural playground is an outdoor play area that's landscaped with materials such as logs, dirt, grassy hills, sand, natural bridges, and streams instead of plastic playground equipment. Aside from our beloved plastic playhouse, our … [Read more...]

Messy Art: Splat Paint Olympics

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Today I'm over on the Melissa and Doug blog, writing about our experience making Splat Paint Olympic Rings with household sponges. Painting with non-traditional materials does wonders for helping children look at the world with fresh eyes. And throwing paint-soaked sponges? Well, that's just silly fun.   While we did this with the end-game of the Olympics in … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Bubble Solution for Kids

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This easy bubble solution recipe is a staple for parents and pre-school teachers. It's easy to make, comes together in just one minute, it's safe for kids, and kids love it. I've been so busy with all sorts of parenting/household/traveling/social things lately, and love to find easy projects that make my kids happy. This is one of those things. My daughter's preschool … [Read more...]

Plant a Garden with Kids

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Do you have a little spot of dirt for your kids to garden in? If not, today I'd like to challenge you to think about your outdoor spaces and see if you can come up with a spot that's just for the kids. It can be anything from a large plot to a couple of planters. Children learn through hands-on experiences, and this project will enable them to spend time outdoors, design … [Read more...]

Thrifting for the Garden

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Is it warm in your part of the world? Are your kids spending lots of time outdoors? Summer is here and our garden is getting so much attention. My kids are happy when they're outside, so I've been thinking up ways to turn our outdoor spaces into play pockets and learning laboratories. In addition to our water wall, fairy garden, and outdoor drawing studio, my children … [Read more...]