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 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 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 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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26 Summer Activities for Kids: How to Have Fun With Your Family All Summer

Do your kids have the summertime blues, complaining that there’s nothing to do?

Want to infuse some exciting new activities into the mix?

At My Kids’ Adventures, we’ve got you covered. There’s still plenty of fun to be had this summer (or any time of year).

We’ve searched the Internet for fun, exciting activities to do together this summer and listed our favorites below.

In this article I’ll share 26 fun summer activities for kids, from awesome art projects to zooming ziplines that’ll turn any day into a fun family adventure.

Do your kids have summertime blues? These fun summer activities for kids: awesome art projects to zooming ziplines; will turn any day into a family adventure.

Why Have Summer Adventures?

Family adventures build memories that last a lifetime, and there are so many different ways to have fun together: building things, cooking, crafts, creative play and exploring the great outdoors to name just a few.

Your kids will love to spend time with you and you’ll have the chance to talk, play and maybe even learn something new about them.

Whether you play games, cook, create art, build a fort, open a lemonade stand or plan a staycation, you’re bound to have a great time!

Find something here to fit any amount of time you have, from quick games you can play in a few minutes to projects you can work on all summer.

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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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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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Exploring the Outdoors: How to Make a Family Adventure

podcast iconDo your kids like to play outside?

Are you looking for ways to get your kids more interested in nature?

To learn how to have amazing outdoor adventures with your kids, I interview Eugene Buchanan for this episode of the Parenting Adventures podcast.

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The Parenting Adventures podcast is a show from My Kids’ Adventures.

It’s for parents (and grandparents) who are looking for creative things to do with their kids.

The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode, I interview Eugene Buchanan, author of Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids: A Guide to Getting Your Kids Active in the Great Outdoors.

Eugene is the former publisher of Paddler magazine. He’s covered the Beijing Olympics for NBC and written for ESPN, the New York Times, Men’s Journal and National Geographic Adventure, to mention a few. He also has a site called Recreating with Kids.

Eugene shares ways you can get your kids excited about exploring the great outdoors.

You’ll discover the advantages of exposing your kids to nature, how to get them interested in outdoor pursuits and where to start.

Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below!

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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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