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  • Outdoor Learning Ideas for Spring

    Ideas for Outdoor Learning in Spring. Take experiments, art activities, and nature studies into the fresh air!
    After a very long winter it is finally feeling like spring around here. I am excited at the prospect of taking some of our indoor learning activities outside. With that in mind, I am delighted to be guest posting at The Measured Mom today with a post about outdoor
  • Celebrate Earth Day by Picking Up Litter

    Celebrate Earth Day by picking up litter. Includes tips and resources for learning about litter.
    Earth Day 2014 is Tuesday, April 22nd. One of the easiest ways to celebrate Earth Day is by heading outside with your kids and picking up litter in your neighbourhood. This is a great, hands-on way to teach children how to care for the environment. Plus, spending time together
  • Nature Play: Eight Outdoor Activities for Spring

    Spring Nature Play. 8 Simple Outdoor Activities to connect kids with nature. My Nearest and Dearest blog.
    After a long, Canadian winter, we are more than happy to welcome spring. It’s the perfect time of year to get outside, explore, and connect with nature. Here are 8 simple outdoor activities for kids of all ages to do this spring. 1. Play in the Mud! My son, Peanut (age 3.5)  cannot

Outdoor Learning Ideas for Spring

After a very long winter it is finally feeling like spring around here. I am excited at the prospect of taking some of our indoor learning activities outside. With that in mind, I am delighted to be

Easter Playdough Activity

This week Peanut (age 3.5) enjoyed some creative, open-ended play with an Easter playdough activity. This post contains affiliate links. Never one to miss an opportunity to bake something, Peanut made the playdough almost entirely by himself,

Celebrate Earth Day by Picking Up Litter

Earth Day 2014 is Tuesday, April 22nd. One of the easiest ways to celebrate Earth Day is by heading outside with your kids and picking up litter in your neighbourhood. This is a great, hands-on way to

Sparkle Dot Eggs: An Easy Easter Craft

Looking for an easy Easter craft that doesn’t require fancy materials or a whole lot of time? Than this one’s for you! Our little friend (age 3) enjoyed working on these sparkly eggs so much that she

Nature Play: Eight Outdoor Activities for Spring

After a long, Canadian winter, we are more than happy to welcome spring. It’s the perfect time of year to get outside, explore, and connect with nature. Here are 8 simple outdoor activities for kids of all ages to do this

Easter Gifts for Kids

I had so much fun putting together this list of Easter gifts for kids! While we don’t go overboard with presents at Easter, it is nice to put one or two special gifts in my son’s basket.

DIY Flower Stencil

Raid your recycling bin to make a cute DIY flower stencil for your spring crafts. Today I’m at CBC Parents with an easy tutorial for this flower stencil. Peanut (age 3.5) loved painting colourful flowers with our stencil. I

Healthy Easter Lunch or Snack

Cookie cutters are the secret to an easy, cute, and healthy Easter lunch or snack for kids. I can’t resist picking up one or two cookie cutters whenever I go to the Bulk Ban (yes, I mention

Coffee Bean Sensory Play

This coffee bean sensory play activity looks beautiful, smells wonderful, and feels great. A true feast for the senses! I get inspiration for our kids activities from many different places. I often plan invitations to play, create,

Preparing for My Third Baby: What I Will and Won’t be Worrying About This Time Around

Preparing for a third baby is an entirely different ball game than preparing for the first! Here’s what I WILL and WON’T be worrying about this time around. Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Like many

Buttons and Eggs! Simple Easter Activity for Preschoolers

Buttons and plastic eggs are all you need for a fun and engaging Easter activity. There are so many ways to play with these two materials and set up couldn’t be easier. Just pour the buttons and