What Can Children Learn from Animal Tracks?

It is a special thrill when a child finds animal tracks outside.  When you happen upon one, you realize you have discovered a visible clue: who came before us? where did they go? will they return? If you are lucky … READ MORE

Learning to Love Bugs

What do you do when you see bugs outside? My three-year-old used to shriek and try to step on every ant and run away from worms. Although many of us, as adults, often feel the same, taking the opportunity to … READ MORE

International 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

International Mud Day

We are on the cusp of International Mud Day, June 29, 2018. “The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful” -e.e. Cummings 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