How to Make a Survival Shelter From Leaves and Debris With Your Kids

Do you and your kids love survival shows like Man vs. Wild and Survivorman?

Have you ever slept outdoors in a tent, lean-to or teepee you built yourself?

Want to share an experience like that with your kids?

Even if you have little or no experience in the great outdoors, you can help your kids learn some basic survival skills and enjoy some creative fun together!

It’s easy—we’ll practice with a toy model first.

In this article I’ll show you how to make a fun outdoor shelter out of leaves and debris, and share an important survival skill with your kids without them even knowing it.

How to make a fun outdoor survival shelter out of leaves and debris, and share an important survival skill with your kids without them even knowing it.

Why Teach Your Kids How to Make a Shelter?

A shelter is the first thing to consider if you’re ever lost in the great outdoors. In fact, if you get lost, you should make some kind of shelter first—before finding food or even water.

A debris hut is an easy-to-make outdoor shelter that can shield you from the elements like rain and wind, help you stay in one place and make it easier for searchers to rescue you.

Even if you don’t need to make a shelter for survival, it’s a pretty cool thing to know how to do and it’s lots of fun to build together with your kids.

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How to Explore Caves With Your Kids: Spelunking Basics

Do your kids like to explore the great outdoors?

Want to add an exciting extra element to your next hiking, camping or vacation adventure?

Go spelunking (cave exploring) with your kids and introduce them to parts of the world they’ve probably never seen before.

In this article I’ll explain spelunking basics, and share what you need to know before you try caving with your family.

Ever been in a cave? Try spelunking (cave exploring) with your kids and discover incredible, hidden places, formed by nature. Caving basics for new explorers.

Why Go Spelunking?

There’s a reason that caves are a common setting in literature, TV, movies, mythology and even non-fiction stories: Caves are cool, dark and mysterious! These incredible hidden places, formed by nature, just beg to be explored by kids and grownups alike.

You probably won’t find a dragon or pirate’s treasure or even a hibernating bear on your spelunking adventure, but you and your family will see and experience wondrous things that stimulate kids’ imaginations and curiosity about the natural world.

When you explore a cave as a family, you’ll have both an exciting outdoor adventure and a fun learning experience that everyone will remember for a long time.

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How to Build an Awesome Sand Castle With Your Kids

Have your kids ever had a disappointing sand castle flop?

Want to know the secret to building sensational sand structures every time?

Take your family’s sand castle creations to the next level with these easy tips.

Building a sand structure is a great way to bond with your family at the beach. Use these easy tips to create a castle masterpiece instead of a massive failure!

In this article I’ll share four simple secrets that will help you achieve sand castle success with your kids.

Want to create truly awesome sand castles with your kids? These 4 simple secrets will help your family achieve sand castle success every time you go to the beach.

Why Build a Sand Castle?

There’s no better beach project than to build a sand castle as a family. It’s practically a summer rite of passage. On the list of things you must do when you head to the beach: splash around in the water, look for seashells and build a sand castle.

Although it may seem like a piece of cake, building a sand castle is deceptively tricky. You can spend hours digging, patting and sculpting and still find that your finished product is not all you hoped it would be. There’s an easy way to fix that!

Work together to design your castle and plan the décor. Then create the best sand castle ever. And have fun. Fun is a huge part of sand castle building.

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How to Practice Fishing Skills in Your Own Backyard (No Water Needed!)

Are your kids fascinated by fish?

Looking for a fun, outdoor adventure that includes life lessons?

Plan a fishing trip with your kids. But first, help them hone their skills, right from home.

In this article I’ll show you some fun ways to practice fishing skills with your kids before you ever head to the water.

Want to teach kids to fish? Plan a family fishing trip. But first, help them learn fishing skills right from home with 4 fun ways to practice, no water needed.

Why Practice for a Fishing Trip?

Fishing is a fun activity everyone in the family will enjoy. It instills useful life skills, while showing your kids that patience pays off. And not much can top the feeling of catching your very first fish!

Anyone can fish. It just takes patience, practice and preparation.

If you help your children get comfortable with baiting a hook, casting a line and handling a fish before you head out to the water, they’ll be confident fisher-kids before you hit the shore.

Get your kids excited about fishing with these fun practice games. Then take them for the real thing.

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How to Have a Rock and Mineral Treasure Hunt With Your Kids

Are your kids fascinated by rocks?

Want to get them outside and excited about nature?

Then take your kids sifting for gemstones.

First, you’ll make a gem sifter. Then enjoy the thrill of discovering rocks in nature and exploring basic geology. It’ll be a rock-solid experience you’re sure to remember.

In this article I’ll show you and the rockhounds in your family how to have an exciting mining adventure.

Do your kids love rocks? Discover their inner rockhounds with a rock and mineral treasure hunt. Make a sifter, salt the mine, and dig for nature's treasures.

Why Go Rockhounding?

Rockhounding, also known as amateur geology, is an excellent way to get your kids excited to explore outside.

Go on a hike and collect rocks along the way. Or sift through the grit and sand of mines to discover treasures.

Identify the gems and minerals you find. Display your treasure or make a rock garden to remember the experience.

If you don’t have gems that occur naturally in your neighborhood, don’t worry. There’s a workaround you can use to make it a successful adventure for all the rockhounds in your family.

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How to Make a Rock Garden With Your Kids

Are your kids fascinated by rocks?

Want a cool outdoor project that helps your kids express their creativity?

Create a rock and mineral garden to draw out the inner rockhounds in your family.

In this article I’ll show you how to collect rocks and minerals with your kids and create a beautiful rock garden together.

Enjoy the thrill of the hunt for rocks and minerals, spend time outdoors together, learn about geology, and create a beautiful rock garden.

Why Build a Rock and Mineral Garden?

A rock garden is essentially a pile of rocks and minerals that you arrange in a beautiful or interesting manner.

When you build a rock and mineral garden with your kids, you’ll enjoy the thrill of the hunt; spend some fun time outdoors together; learn about geology, biology and relationships between rocks and minerals; and create something beautiful that comes from nature. There’s something for everyone.

The process of discovery itself will help adventure-seekers develop a love of science, while giving everyone a reason to focus on the world at their feet, from fungus to ferns to furry caterpillars.

There will be opportunities to throw rocks around too. Just be careful where you toss them!

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6 Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About Hiking

Looking for ways to get your kids outside and more active?

Do you enjoy walking through the woods and exploring the great outdoors?

If you’ve ever tried hiking with your kids and wondered why they aren’t as enthused about it as you are, keep reading.

In this article I’ll share six ways to get your kids excited about hiking so your family can enjoy the great outdoors together.

Follow these 6 easy tips to get kids excited about hiking in the great outdoors and to ensure your next family hike is lots of fun for everyone.

Why Go Hiking With Your Kids?

Hiking is an excellent way to connect with your family. There’s a lot to talk about while you explore the wilderness—not just the great outdoors and the things you see. It’s the perfect time to ask your kids about school, friends and their lives in general.

Plus, hiking is a great way to get some exercise and unplug from electronics that tend to rule our lives.

But sometimes it can be quite a challenge to encourage kids to pull on some hiking boots and hit your favorite hiking trail.

I’m here to help.

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How to Fish: Teach Your Kids Fishing in 9 Easy Steps

Do you love natural settings in the great outdoors?

Want to teach your children to appreciate nature (even if you live in the city)?

Grab a pole and some bait, head to the water and take them fishing!

In this article, I’ll show you how to teach your kids how to fish, even if you’ve never done it yourself.

Grab a pole and some bait, head to the water and teach your kids how to fish, even if you've never done it yourself.

We’ll focus on fishing for catfish, but the concepts can be applied to whatever fish are prevalent in your part of the world.

Why Go Fishing With Your Kids?

Fishing is one of humankind’s oldest pastimes. It’s easy to learn, easy to teach your children and doesn’t have to involve lots of expensive equipment. It’s also a great opportunity to teach kids about aquatic ecosystems in a way that builds great memories.

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How to Make Toffee With Maple Syrup, Snow and Your Kids

Ever wonder how that maple syrup got to your breakfast table?

Do your kids love sweet treats?

Does your family like music, dancing, good food and great company?

Wherever you live, you can have a sugar shack adventure and bring the traditions of the sugaring off season to your table.

Sugaring off, which usually happens in March, is the time of year when sugar maple trees are tapped for their slightly sweet sap. This sap is then boiled down and transformed into maple syrup. This is the good stuff—none of that corn syrup and water!

And in maple country, it’s much more than that. In this article I’ll show you how to bring to life the best of the sugaring off season, whether you live in Quebec (where 75% of the world’s maple syrup is produced) or amid palm trees in southern California or anywhere in between!

Discover how to harvest maple syrup, make maple taffy in your own kitchen and experience Quebec's sugaring off season from wherever you live.

Why Have a Sugar Shack Adventure?

A sugar shack adventure, commonly known as sugaring off, is a wonderful way to say goodbye to the last days of winter and watch as the world starts gearing up for spring. Sugaring off season is the perfect time to take a walk with your family through the forest and discover various natural processes in the world around us.

It’s also a great time to discuss the seasons with your kids and share with them all of the gifts that nature has to offer. Maple syrup is one of those gifts—a natural, pure and unprocessed substitute for sugar.

In sugar maple country, this is also a time to get together with friends and family to celebrate.

A party to celebrate and enjoy sugar? How cool is that?

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How to Have a Backyard Birdwatching Adventure With Your Kids

Do you remember spending hours outside exploring as a kid?

Looking for a way to share some of that fun with your own children?

Birdwatching is a great way to get the family out of the house and into nature.

In this article, I’ll show you how to have a birdwatching adventure with your kids from your own backyard and I’ll share a few projects and activities to make the experience last long after the birds have flown away.

Discover how to have a birdwatching adventure with your kids from your own backyard and how to make the experience last long after the birds have flown away.

Why Go Birdwatching?

Birdwatching will open up worlds to your kids that they never knew existed.

Exploring the great outdoors through birdwatching—even if it’s as close as your own backyard—gives you an opportunity to talk to your kids about how they see the world around them and what it means to them.

It gives your child a chance to discover and connect with the natural world.

Plus, it’s a fun way for your family to spend some time together outside.

Read on for ways to get the kids off the couch and into the great outdoors, loving their new feathered friends.

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