How to Make an Elf or Fairy House With Your Kids and Create a World of Wonder

Do your kids love to play make-believe?

Want to jump into their world?

Build move-in-ready elf and fairy houses as a family. Create little villages of fantasy that will give rise to make-believe quests right in your own backyard.

In this article I’ll show you how to create a world of wonder and build elf or fairy houses together.

Want to tap your kids' imaginations and spark their senses of wonder? Build an elf or fairy house together from natural materials and watch imaginations soar.

Why Build an Elf or Fairy House With Your Kids?

One of the fastest ways to create long-term memories that stick through adulthood is to wrap our activities in a feeling of wonder.

Stir up your kids’ imaginative spirits and create mystical places where make-believe adventures are just waiting to happen. From the defensive dragon-fighting fortresses of the elves to the picturesque cottages of the flower fairies, these easy structures will write a whole new chapter in your family memory book!

The must-have ingredient in every happy childhood is wonder. Wonder is what transforms a walk in the woods into an exciting epic exploration. And nothing brings out wonder like magical creatures.

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How to Have a Lumberjack Competition With Your Kids

Have your kids ever heard stories of lumberjacks like Paul Bunyan?

Want to create some unique backyard fun for your family?

Create a family lumberjack competition.

It’s simple to set up and gets everyone outside for some friendly competition. Not only are the activities fun, but you’ll also learn about a fascinating industry with deep historical roots.

In this article I’ll explain how to put together kid-friendly versions of real competitive events from actual lumberjack competitions.

Looking for some lumberjack style historical fun? Create kid friendly versions of professional logging games in your own family lumberjack competition. Timber!

Why a Lumberjack Competition?

A lumberjack competition is a great opportunity to combine the cerebral with the physical! You’ll get your kids outdoors for an adventure that’s part obstacle course, part relay race, part target practice and all fun! Plus, you’ll be able to sneak in a fascinating history and social sciences lesson about this tradition.

Lumberjacks and lumberjills, or loggers as they’re referred to today, are people who cut down trees to harvest lumber. Your family won’t be cutting down any trees. Instead, you’ll participate in fun games that simulate some of the skills used in logging.

It’s easy to create your own competition, using materials found at home or any big-box store.

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How to Have a Water Gun Target Practice With Your Kids

Do your kids need to burn off some energy?

Want a fun activity that’s both cool and crafty?

Have a water gun adventure with your family.

Make targets, practice shooting and then stage a water fight as a family. It’s good creative and physical play and it’s lots of fun.

In this article I’ll share how to have a have a water gun adventure that’ll keep everyone cool all summer long.

Want a summer activity that's cool and crafty? Have a water gun adventure with your kids. Make targets, practice shooting, have a water fight. It's a blast!

Why Have a Water Gun Adventure?

Kids love playing in and with water. It’s one of the staples of summertime. Whether they run through the sprinklers, play water balloon games or take part in a good old-fashioned water fight, they’re bound to have a good time, no pool or beach required.

Join your kids in the fun with a water gun adventure. This activity combines crafts and target practice while you prepare for the ultimate water fight.

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How to Transform Trees Into Enchanted Gnome Homes With Your Kids

Do your kids like magical or fantasy characters?

Want to spend more creative time outdoors?

Create enchanted gnome homes for local garden gnomes and fairies!

It’s a fun project that promotes creativity and imagination, while using simple craft materials you already have lying around.

In this article I’ll explain how to build an enchanted tree home in your yard.

Do your garden gnomes run for cover when the kids go outside? Make them a place to live! Gnome homes are a creative outdoor project to grow kids' imaginations.

Why Make an Enchanted Tree Home?

When you create a home for neighborhood gnomes and fairies, you open the door to endless creative play.

Children love to use their imaginations to see magical characters come to life. So why not bring a little mythological folklore into your yard, and create an enchanted tree home for the neighborhood gnomes. You can invite some fairies to stop by too!

Being earth dwellers, gnomes appear to prefer living in a natural environment like the base of a tree. Trees make the perfect backdrop to build a fantasy home for magical friends.

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12 Outdoor Games for Kids for Cool Fun This Summer

Do your kids like to play outside?

Are you looking for some unique outdoor activities?

Energize your summer with fun outdoor games for kids.

My Kids’ Adventures searched the web for fun games to play outside with your kids. Some are classics with a twist, others are supersized and many are both!

In this article I’ll share our 12 favorite outdoor games for kids of all ages. You and your family will enjoy them all summer long. Ready to go play?

Looking for summer fun? Try these 12 outdoor games for kids. From cool classics to giant-sized familiar favorites, you’ll find games the whole family will love.

Why Play Outdoor Games?

Playing games is an excellent way to have fun with your family. And games get everyone outside exercising. Play these games in your backyard, at a park, on the beach, on a camping trip, wherever. So pack ‘em up and head on out.

There’s a wide variety of options for all ages. Plus, most of the games we found cost very little or nothing to play. Whether you want a quiet game like Memory or an active game like an obstacle course, there’s something for everyone and every day.

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Turn a Skateboard Into a Rocket With Mentos and Coke

Do your kids like things that go fast?

Want to see what happens when you mix things together that you know will explode?

Make a skateboard rocket car with your kids.

Just mix soda and Mentos candies together to create an explosive geyser.

In this article I’ll show you how to turn a Mentos soda geyser on its side and transform it into a skateboard rocket.

Do your kids like things that explode and go fast? Mix soda and mints, strap it to a skateboard, and watch your Mentos and Coke rocket car fly down the street.

Why Make a Skateboard Rocket Car?

Because it’s so cool!

When you shake up a bottle of soda, the soda and air create a powerful explosion. Now, imagine what happens when you attach that soda to a movable object. Vroom, vroom! And away it goes.

Perform scientific experiments with your kids. It’s an excellent way to bond with them, and you’ll discover how things work in the process. Your kids may not even realize they’re doing science. They’re just having a good time!

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5 Cute Picnic Food Ideas Your Kids Will Love to Make and Eat

Tired of the same old picnic food?

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.

Want to make your picnic extra special? Turn it into a garden. This project has 5 adorable picnic food ideas to make your next family picnic fabulous.

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.

When you create cute food art that looks like flowers and other things from the garden, you double the fun with your kids—first by creating the food art and then by eating it 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!

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How to Plan a Backyard Campout Adventure With Your Kids

Are your kids begging to go camping, but you just don’t have the time?

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.

Want to expose kids to the great outdoors without leaving home? Try a backyard campout. Pitch a tent, toast marshmallows and sleep outside for backyard fun.

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.

If you’ve got reluctant or first-time campers in your family, a backyard campout is a great way to ease them into the experience and get them hooked so they’ll be eager to try camping somewhere else.

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Test Your Luck With a Superstition Obstacle Course

Do your kids love obstacle courses?

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.

In this article I’ll show you how to create an awesome obstacle course with your kids that turns superstitions into fun challenges and symbols of good or bad luck into games of skill and speed.

Want to test your luck and your fitness, too? Make a superstition obstacle course that turns symbols of good or bad luck into games of skill and speed for kids.

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.

Your kids may want to run through the superstition obstacle course again and again until they’re masters of speed and good luck!

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How Your Kids Can Make Impressionist Art: Monet Photo Project

Do you enjoy observing nature with your kids?

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.

Want a simple art project that shows beauty, nature and light? Get a camera. The Monet photo project is a fun way to turn outdoor photos into impressionist art.

Why Make Impressionistic Photo Transfers?

Impressionism is a movement in painting that originated in France in the late 1800s. Most Impressionist painters focused on capturing the “impressions” of light and color outdoors.

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.

To make your own Impressionistic art, you and your kids get to spend time outdoors at different times of day to observe nature in the light and take pictures of it.

It’s a great way to nurture their creativity, look at the world in a whole new way and bring out their inner artists (and yours, too!).

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