Looking for a fun and active way to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day?
Head outside for a colorful springtime adventure with a St. Patrick’s Day twist.
In this article, I’ll show you how to create a rainbow treasure hunt that kids of all ages will enjoy for St. Patrick’s Day or any day.
After all, who wouldn’t want to find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow?
Why a Rainbow Treasure Hunt?
The leprechaun is a primary symbol of the March 17th holiday. Tradition tells us that these fairies, dressed all in green, hide their pots of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Leprechauns enjoy mischief and are difficult to catch because they’re always one step ahead. And if you catch a leprechaun, he will give you his pot of gold or grant you three wishes in exchange for his release.
Do you want an easy way to turn snow into a delicious winter treat?
Make your own flavored snowballs at home!
Many people think of snow cones or shaved ice as summer fare, but they’re even better when you can make them out of real snow in the wintertime.
In this article I’ll show you and your kids how to make backyard snow cones, a flavored snowball snack that’s totally chillicious.
Why Make Flavored Snowballs?
Snow is fun… and there’s so much you can do with it. You can make snow forts, have snowball fights and build snowmen. Snow can also be a unique yummy treat you can make as a family. Besides, why wait until summer to indulge in a delicious, icy delight when it’s right outside your door!
Want to bring the mythical world of Percy Jackson to life in your own backyard?
Do your kids turn anything they get their hands on into a weapon?
Here’s a sword that won’t hurt.
This one won’t turn into a pen, but you can use it to stage an epic battle of good vs. evil, hero vs. monster or just kids vs. Dad.
In this article I’ll show you how to make an inexpensive (and safe) sword out of PVC and pool noodles so you can duel with your kids. Recreate battles from Percy Jackson and the Olympians books or make up your own family sword-fighting adventure—you and your kids will have lots of fun either way.
Why Stage a Sword Battle?
Heroes and their swords are a classic theme in adventure stories—from King Arthur and Excalibur to Luke Skywalker and his lightsaber and even Percy Jackson and Riptide. Sword battles have been used in literature and movies throughout time to represent the struggle and eventual triumph of good over evil.
And as long as kids have been picking up sticks from the ground, they have been staging their own versions of these fantastic battles of will and swordplay. It’s even better when Mom or Dad plays the role of the big ugly monster!
It’s great fun until someone gets hurt.
They won’t get hurt with the padded sword I’ll teach you how to make below, so you can let your kids’ imaginations run wild. All you need is a little time, some inexpensive supplies and a space to do battle.
Make them a snack! It’s a quick and easy way to enjoy nature’s creatures all year long.
In this article, I’ll show you how to make a simple bird feeder with your kids that will keep your feathered friends fed and happy—in 10 minutes or less.
Why Make a Bird Feeder?
This quick project is a fun way to spend time together as a family and teach your kids to appreciate wildlife right in your own backyard.
As the weather changes, some bird species migrate away, others visit your area while migrating through and still others stay close to home to stick out the winter months. With this project, you can help feed local and traveling birds any time of year.
My kids love being able to look out the window, even days after we hung our bird feeders, and watch the birds eating. It gives them a sense of satisfaction and fosters stewardship to see that they can help the creatures find something to eat when the snow on the ground would otherwise make that difficult.
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.
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?