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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How to Make a Piñata From Recycled Materials

Want a fun way to get your kids into recycling?

Looking to harness your kids’ desires to create (and destroy) things?

Make an earth piñata from reused and recycled household items.

It’s more than just a fun recycled craft project for your family. Slip in lessons on global geography, local natural resources and math (like fractions).

In this article, I’ll show you how to make a piñata of the earth and fill it with natural materials for a fun game that also makes the perfect centerpiece for a party, picnic or family day at home.

How to make an Earth piñata with your kids. It's a fun recycled craft, earth day game and lesson in geography, natural resources and math all in one.

Why Make an Earth Piñata?

Creating an earth piñata is a great way to start a conversation about recycling and encourage your kids to think like global citizens. They’ll learn about continents, oceans and nearby natural habitats. Plus, they’ll start thinking about how to recycle and reuse things at home.

It’s also an excellent excuse to host an ecologically centered event that delights all ages. Who can resist a piñata party?

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How to Find and Cast Animal Footprints With Your Kids

Want something fun to do outside with your kids?

Interested in learning about your furry and feathered neighbors while creating unique keepsakes?

Making animal footprint casts allows you and your kids to get creative, crafty and scientific.

I find that kids will voluntarily turn off the TV, head outside with their friends and even practice their math skills without knowing it.

In this article I’ll show you how to locate animal tracks, create casts and start a collection of animal footprints.

Animal footprint casts: get creative with your kids as you find tracks made by everything from dogs, cats and big black crows to raccoons, skunks and coyotes.

Why Collect Casts of Animal Footprints?

Casting footprints is like going on a scavenger hunt; however, instead of you leaving the clues, they’re left by the animals in your neighborhood.

Your kids will become curious about their environment and more aware of what’s around them. You’ll be able to slip in learning, fun and quality time through this activity.

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