Want to get them out in the fresh air so they can burn some energy AND get creative?
Cure your cabin fever woes with a fun family activity that will get you all outside for a fall walk that will bring back what you need to decorate your door and welcome holiday guests.
In this article I’ll show you how to make a fun and festive fall wreath with your kids using materials you find on a nature walk.
Why Make a Nature Wreath?
The colder seasons give us a chance to slow down after the busy summer months and connect with our kids indoors, but it can be a challenge to find activities everyone will enjoy.
Looking for a way to bring the warmth of fall’s colors indoors?
Want to plan a fun family activity that only takes minutes?
Turn mementos from a fall nature walk into a lasting memory you’ll enjoy through the winter with a 10-minute project you and your kids will love.
In this article I’ll show you how to create homemade “stained glass” from colorful fall leaves in 3 easy steps.
Why Make Stained Glass Leaf Art?
There’s something fascinating about autumn leaves: to see something that was verdant just a few weeks ago magically transformed into bright yellows, deep oranges, rich reds and dark browns is mesmerizing to a child—or anyone, if you stop to think about it for a minute.
It’s great fun to take a walk with your family in search of the prettiest fall leaves, hearing the dry ones crunch underfoot as you look up into the canopy.
Fall leaf stained glass gives you a way to preserve the lovely leaves you gather and enjoy their colors long after the trees have gone bare.
Looking for a fun outdoor activity that’s perfect for a cool, crisp autumn day?
Here’s something new to do with a favorite fall novelty: Take your family on a leaf-hunting expedition and get an up-close look at some of nature’s wonders.
In this article, I’ll show you how to create a fall foliage scavenger hunt that will keep your kids engaged and entertained as they explore the world around them.
Why Go on a Leaf-Hunting Expedition?
Fall leaves are pretty cool. They crunch underfoot and amaze us with their transforming colors.
They’re gorgeous. They’re interesting. They smell good. They’re only around for a short while.
They’re one of nature’s many wonders and there’s so much more to them than jumping into a pile! As satisfying as that big, explosive “crunch” can be, it’s also great fun to help your kids slow down once in a while and notice how special autumn leaves are by going on a leaf scavenger hunt.
Do your kids love to create things that glow?
Are you looking for a fun nighttime activity that will get them outside and moving?
Now you can share a lamp-lit evening stroll with your kids, visiting neighbors and connecting with nature, using a lantern they made themselves.
It’s old-fashioned fun with a colorful twist.
In this article, I’ll show you how to create a lantern out of nothing more than tissue paper, a balloon and glue. Your kids will welcome the night toting their very own light.
Why an Evening Paper Lantern Walk?
Tissue paper lanterns create the opportunity to bring a little beautiful light into your world.
As the day winds down, an evening stroll is a great way to connect with your kids. You can talk and share time together without all of the distractions found at home and reconnect with your neighborhood—the people and animals who share your world. It’s a special way to bring the day to a close together.
But how do you tear them (and maybe you, too) away from all the enticing indoor diversions that keep them firmly planted in front of a glowing screen?
This project can help. These lanterns give off another kind of glow altogether, one that you’ll be pleased has captured their attention.
Kids love things that light up and glow. When you create tissue-paper lanterns, the kids will be eager to go outside and light the way. As the nights get longer, they won’t have to wait until near or after bedtime to see them glow.
Looking for a spooky twist on this timeless childhood game?
A simple roll of toilet paper transforms a traditional game of tag into a cool new experience your kids will remember for a long time: Mummy Tag.
In this article I will show you a delightfully creepy alternative to a game of tag that will have your kids squealing with delight.
Why Mummy Tag?
There’s something about the game of tag that never gets old—the thrill of chasing and being chased.
It’s always a trip down memory lane when I see my boys playing tag at school or at the park. Freeze tag and cartoon tag were my favorite playground variations when I was a kid. What were your favorite tag games?
I was excited to test this Halloween version of the game with my boys. To my delight and theirs, it was a hit! I’m sure your family will have fun playing Mummy Tag, too.
Do you have a future scientist in your household?
Help your kids discover the science behind nature’s beauty with this fun family experiment.
In this article I’ll show you how to unlock all of the hidden secrets in a leaf through chromatography.
Don’t let the name scare you off, it’s a super-simple science experiment done with items you probably already have around the house.
And it’s a great way to help your kids learn more about the world around us.
It starts out as a nature walk where the kids have a mission—finding different kinds of leaves—so parents can relax and enjoy the lovely fall colors.
Then there’s pounding and noise and actually trying to stain things green. How often are kids allowed, much less encouraged, to do that?
Finally, there’s a science experiment involving chemicals and mysterious migrating colors that appear from nowhere. You’ll see a scientific phenomenon occur right before your eyes!
And it’s all to answer an age-old question that your kids have undoubtedly asked: How do the leaves change color?
Wow! Where do I sign up?
Are you looking for ways to connect with your children through the games they enjoy?
Bring the game to life and have some outdoor family fun with your own version of Angry Birds.
In this article, I’ll show you how to create an outdoors Angry Birds game in less than 10 minutes so you can turn a favorite video game into an offline adventure with your kids.
Why Angry Birds?
Angry Birds is one of the most popular games available. It not only teaches players physics but it’s a lot of fun.
I must confess when I first came across the game I spent hours trying to knock down the piggy fortresses myself, so it’s not just for kids.
Is your park, playground or beach looking less than perfect?
For less than an hour of your time, your family can make a big and visible improvement to your little corner of the world.
And you may just have some fun while you’re doing it.
In this article, I’ll show you how to inject an element of entertainment and competition into a dirty job—picking up trash.
You’ll see how easy it is to plan a community service project with a twist… or a list. A scavenger hunt list, that is.
Why Should We Clean Up the Trash?
We all teach our kids not to litter. We keep our homes and our yards clean and try to keep our neighborhoods nice. But unfortunately, trash tends to collect, especially in public areas.
I’ll bet you can think of a place right now that’s looking nasty and neglected… Got one?
There are lots of good reasons to clean that place up. It may not be your job, but it is where you live and helping to keep it nice and safe will benefit a lot of people. Plus, volunteering to clean it up sends a great message to your kids. Maybe it will motivate them to clean up their rooms (or maybe not!).
Do your older children complain that they’ve outgrown the playground?
These community resources have a lot more to offer than just swings and soccer fields (and sand in your shoes).
In fact, a visit to the park can be a brand-new adventure each time you go.
In this article, I’ll give you 10 ways to transform an ordinary park visit into a fresh family adventure that you’ll all enjoy.
Why Plan a Park Adventure?
Parks are great—don’t get me wrong. Visiting the park is one of my family’s favorite ways to enjoy an afternoon together. Nothing beats a park for inexpensive outdoor fun.
But while the little ones never seem to tire of playing on the playground, by the time kids get a little older it seems that they’d rather plug into their electronics than play outdoors.
Are you tired of prepping for hours for a game?
Flag tag is the cure for overactive kids and time-crunched parents.
Set-up is fast. It makes exercise exciting.
Best of all, it’s FREE.
In this article, I’ll teach you how to play flag tag in three different ways.
Each is quick and simple, so you can go outside with your kids and get to the fun.
Why Flag Tag?
Kids need to be active 60 minutes every day. Video games, TV and the i’s (Phone, Pad or Pod) just don’t cut it.