Mud Day Part 2

International Mud Day will soon be upon us (June 29th).  Preparing for Mud Day will help make the event fun for all ages.  Consider where the best outdoor place is to have your mud day event.  Make sure to have … READ MORE

Mud Day

“The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful” -e.e. Cummings We are on the cusp of International Mud Day, June 29, 2018.  The quote above is a segment of e.e. Cumming’s poem [in Just-] and is a wonderful reminder of the provocative … READ MORE

Get Outside with a Book: “Not a Stick” by Antoinette Portis

How often are young children drawn to the sticks lying around the yard or playground? And how often do we tell them to put it down, watch out, be careful? The book Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis reminds us of the … READ MORE

Hidden Treasures

Winter seems to have taken an extra-long hold in my area.  We seem to get a few fleeting hours of nice weather between the cold and rain.  I took advantage of the few minutes of nice weather recently and went … READ MORE

I Can See Clearly Now…

The outdoors is a big open canvas for children. There are so many things to see, do, and hear when outside. Adding something as simple as DIY binoculars can help children focus on one aspect at a time. Materials Needed: … READ MORE

Happy Gross

A neighbor’s tree fell in our yard.  Back-to-back storms quickly worked against the old, dead wood, and it came crashing down, toppling their fence, sprawling the tree across the entire width of our backyard. Nobody was hurt and there was … READ MORE

Detecting Signs of Spring

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”   -Margaret Atwood It is that time of the year when the signs of spring are becoming visible.  What a great opportunity to have the children … READ MORE

Sensory Scavenger Hunt

How can we engage children in using their senses outdoors? Use a Sensory Scavenger Hunt! This can be something you try to search for all in one longer outdoor trip or keep it on hand for whenever you notice these … READ MORE

Rx: Sunshine

The weather is fluctuating…one day may be 65 degrees, and a couple of days later it’s snowing! Do fluctuating temperatures, overcast days, and fickle temperatures have you and your children feeling aggravated, house-bound, and on edge? You’re not alone! We … READ MORE

Outdoor Winter Games!

With the Winter Olympics upon us, now is the perfect time to encourage children to engage in some outdoor games! There are plenty of fun games that can be played during the winter time. These games can be done in … READ MORE