Want to add some fun to your next outdoor meal?
Make your picnic extra-special. Use the food art ideas below to create the ultimate fun picnic with your kids.
In this article I’ll share five simple, kid-friendly picnic food ideas to help make your next family picnic something extraordinary.
Why Flower Garden Picnic Foods?
There’s nothing like an outdoor picnic. It’s fun to enjoy food you’ve prepared with the people you love in the great outdoors.
These five cute picnic food ideas will bring excitement into your backyard, encourage your kids to eat healthy food and set the stage for an afternoon of fun!
Want to expose them to the great outdoors without leaving home?
Pitch your tent, grab some marshmallows and have a fun family campout in your own backyard.
A backyard campout has all of the joys of camping without the cost or time spent traveling. It’s the perfect solution.
In this article I’ll show you how to have a fantastic, adventure-filled campout right in your own backyard.
Why Have a Backyard Campout?
A backyard campout is a quick and simple way to enjoy the fun of camping without some of the hassles. You can take your kids on an outdoor adventure with very little planning, and you never even have to pack the car.
Camping is a great way to bond as a family, talking and telling stories around a campfire. It helps teach kids the value of working together to pitch a tent or cook a meal (or a s’more). And it’s a great way to get kids outdoors, watching the clouds or the stars instead of videos; playing live games instead of video games.
Want a fun way to play with superstitions and get kids active at the same time?
Set up a superstition obstacle course. It’s a fun way to get kids outdoors, keep them moving and play with the myths of good luck and bad luck at the same time.
Why Set Up a Superstition Obstacle Course?
A superstition is a belief that certain things change people’s luck. Are they real, or are they just myths? This obstacle course will put 13 common superstitions to the test and challenge your family’s physical abilities, too.
Whether you’re superstitious or not, you and your family will have a great time as you set up your obstacle course, talk about good luck and bad luck charms and compete for the best time (or personal best) through the games.
Have you noticed how the light at different times of day changes the way we see colors?
Make your kids’ “impressions” of the outdoors come to life with a fun and easy art project.
In this article I’ll show you how to transform nature photos into Impressionistic works of art with a simple photo transfer technique. Head outside with your kids and take some pictures, Monet-style.
Why Make Impressionistic Photo Transfers?
This project includes the essence of what an Impressionist observes so you can create a fun and easy photo project with your kids, Monet-style.
Want to teach your kids the value of hard work and the basics of running a business?
Start a photo booth business with your kids!
In this article we’ll show you how to start a photo booth business with your kids.
It doesn’t matter whether you make any money. The point is to do something different and have fun!
Why a Photo Booth?
Starting and running a business helps develop communication and math skills, and encourage creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. What’s more fun than taking silly pictures of yourself? Taking silly pictures of others and making someone’s day!
A photo booth is more than just a fun family project. It will also help you teach business and life skills to your kids and encourage conversations with the neighbors and each other.
With a photo booth, there’s lots of room to be creative with costumes, props and locations and have lots of contagious fun with a camera. You don’t need anything fancy. A point-and-shoot or a camera phone will work just fine.
Looking for a secret shortcut to make plants grow fast?
How about a gardening trick that turns trash into food?
Regrow vegetables and fruits to transform them from stems, cores and seeds into fresh, delicious plants you can eat.
It requires very little time and space, and no extra money!
In this article I’ll explain how fun, fast and easy it is to regrow vegetables and fruits with your kids even if you have a black thumb.
Why Regrow Your Food?
Two words: instant gratification. Kids today crave it. Adults often strive for it, too.
If you want to grow a family garden, go for it! It’s fun for kids to watch fruits and vegetables grow and then eat their newly grown bounty. You can use seeds or starter plants, but either method requires some patience.
The quickest way to reap fully grown, edible plants is to regrow your food from the uneaten parts of other fruits and veggies. It’s fun. It’s cool to see the process. It’s instant gratification gardening (or the closest thing to it).
Looking for some fun and creative ways to use your noodle without getting wet?
Pool noodles aren’t just for the water! They can inspire creativity and are lots of fun even on dry ground.
You can use your noodles for games, toys and cool outdoor activities with your kids.
In this article I’ll show you five fun adventures you can have with pool noodles, even when there’s not a pool in sight.
Why Play With Pool Noodles?
Pool noodles are more than just a swimming aid, flotation device or sword-battle necessity. Bend them, shape them, add googly eyes or other craft supplies, and you and your kids can turn them into fun and creative toys!
Want an outdoor adventure that’s part mechanics, part crafts and all fun?
Build a rocket launcher with your kids and every time you finish a 2-liter bottle of soda pop, you can send it soaring.
In this article I’ll show you how to launch a bottle rocket adventure with your family. Start with a root beer float, add some arts and crafts, bring on a few building tools and create some high-flying fun.
Why Build a Pop Bottle Rocket Launcher?
Pop bottle rockets provide hours of fun for kids of all ages and all personalities. Got a future engineer? She’ll love to build the rocket launcher. An artsy-craftsy kid? Watch him create the coolest rocket ever to grace a soda bottle. Are you a little competitive? Launch your rocket again and again to see just how high you can make it go.
A rocket launch is great fun for everyone. And it starts with a delicious root beer float. (Or, your budding environmentalists can search through the recycling bin for a bottle to repurpose into a rocket.)
The best part is that once you build the rocket launcher, you can use it over and over again. Just add a new pop bottle rocket for another day of fun with your kids.
Want a fun way to teach them important life skills?
Build a fort with your kids and have the ultimate kids’ adventure!
In this article I’ll show you how to plan and build an awesome outdoor playhouse with your family.
There will be wood. There will be tools. And there will be hands-on opportunities to teach your kids life skills and values while having loads of fun.
Why Build a Fort?
The question really is, “Why not build a fort?”
Every kid wants a playhouse, fort, clubhouse, treehouse or whatever you prefer to call it. And every grownup who had one as a kid remembers it forever.
Whether it’s covered in camouflage, pretty pink polka dots or a bright, vibrant color, your kids will love to have a fort as a place to play and call their own.
Looking for an exciting summer program to get them outside playing and away from the electronics?
Here’s a solution: start a week-long neighborhood day camp.
Create a camp with your kids and get other local families involved, and everyone will have an amazing summer adventure!
In this article I’ll show you how you and your kids can start a neighborhood summer camp filled with fun, educational and creative activities.
Why Start a Summer Camp?
Happy kids greet the summer with massive anticipation. Parents, on the other hand, have to scramble to find appropriate and affordable activities to keep their kids active and entertained throughout the summer.
Summer camp is a great opportunity for kids to bond with their peers in activities different than those during the school year.
Instead of sending your kids away to camp, work with them to create your own day camp that everyone can enjoy. Even your littlest kids can contribute. Then recruit other local families to give their input and help out.