How to Make a Pet Rock a Fun Part of Your Family

Have your kids been begging for a pet?

Looking for a pet without the responsibility?

Try a pet rock. It’s a pet you find and make yourself that opens the door to lots of fun (and funny) adventures.

In this article I’ll show how you and your kids can create a pet rock and do fun activities to make it feel like it’s an actual pet.

Have your kids been begging for a pet? Try a pet rock. It’s a pet you find and make yourself that opens the door to lots of fun (and funny) adventures.

Why a Pet Rock?

There are lots of fun things you can do with found rocks. Conduct experiments, make rock art, play rock bingo or make a pet rock.

If your kids want a pet, you can’t get an easier one than a pet rock! It will inspire creativity and teach responsibility. And it’s a great alternative for families with allergies. Think of a pet rock as a starter pet. When the kids master the pet rock, it may be time to trade up to Rover the dog or Kitty the cat.

Find the rock in your backyard, on a nature hike or during a walk around your neighborhood. Then bring it into your home and make it a part of your family.

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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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Stick Fun: How to Transform a Stick into an Adventure With Your Kids

podcast iconDo your kids hesitate at going outside to play?

Want to find out how to use a stick to inspire creativity and get your kids running for the door?

To learn how to transform a stick into an adventure with your kids, I interview Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks for this episode of the Parenting Adventures podcast.

More About This Show

parenting adventures podcast michael stelznerThe 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 Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks, authors of seven books, including The Stick Book: Loads of Things You Can Make or Do With a Stick, as well as The Wild Weather Book and The Wild City Book. They are both experts in helping kids connect with the outdoors. They blog at GoingWild.net.

Jo and Fiona share ways to use a stick to get your kids excited about going outside for an adventure.

You’ll discover why it’s important for kids to play outside and how playing with sticks can help with creativity and highlight the importance of our environment.

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Parenting Adventures Podcast 1: In this episode Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks share ways to use a stick to get your kids' excited about going outside for an adventure.

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5 Creative Pool Noodle Activities That Don’t Need Water

If you’ve got kids, I bet you’ve got some pool noodles.

Looking for some fun and creative ways to use your noodle without getting wet?

Pool noodles aren’t just for the water! They can inspire creativity and are lots of fun even on dry ground.

You can use your noodles for games, toys and cool outdoor activities with your kids.

In this article I’ll show you five fun adventures you can have with pool noodles, even when there’s not a pool in sight.

Pool noodles can inspire creativity and are lots of fun even on dry ground. You can use your noodle for games, toys and cool outdoor activities with your kids.

Why Play With Pool Noodles?

Pool noodles are more than just a swimming aid, flotation device or sword-battle necessity. Bend them, shape them, add googly eyes or other craft supplies, and you and your kids can turn them into fun and creative toys!

Whether you play indoors or outside, pool noodles will add super-sized excitement to any adventure!

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How to Make a Soda Bottle Rocket Launcher With Your Kids

Are your kids fascinated by things that fly?

Want an outdoor adventure that’s part mechanics, part crafts and all fun?

Build a rocket launcher with your kids and every time you finish a 2-liter bottle of soda pop, you can send it soaring.

In this article I’ll show you how to launch a bottle rocket adventure with your family. Start with a root beer float, add some arts and crafts, bring on a few building tools and create some high-flying fun.

Build a rocket launcher with your kids and send your soda bottles soaring. This project is part drink, part craft, part building activity, all high-flying fun.

Why Build a Pop Bottle Rocket Launcher?

Pop bottle rockets provide hours of fun for kids of all ages and all personalities. Got a future engineer? She’ll love to build the rocket launcher. An artsy-craftsy kid? Watch him create the coolest rocket ever to grace a soda bottle. Are you a little competitive? Launch your rocket again and again to see just how high you can make it go.

A rocket launch is great fun for everyone. And it starts with a delicious root beer float. (Or, your budding environmentalists can search through the recycling bin for a bottle to repurpose into a rocket.)

The best part is that once you build the rocket launcher, you can use it over and over again. Just add a new pop bottle rocket for another day of fun with your kids.

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26 Staycation Ideas to Rejuvenate Your Family

Looking for something fun to do with your kids this summer, even if you don’t have time for a trip?

Wish you could whisk them away to exciting places with incredible things to see and do?

You don’t have to leave home. Plan a family staycation and enjoy local attractions you may have overlooked (or taken for granted).

The editors at My Kids’ Adventures have searched the web to find fun staycation adventures you can take with your family wherever you live.

In this article I’ll share our 26 favorite staycation ideas, A-Z. Learn how to become tourists in your own town and find fantastic places to make family memories this summer.

Become tourists in your own town. Plan a family staycation and enjoy local attractions you may have overlooked (or taken for granted).

Why Take a Family Staycation?

A family vacation is an important bonding experience—a time to interact in a relaxed environment, away from the busy everyday schedules of work, school and extracurricular activities.

But sometimes you don’t have the time or money to plan a week or two away from home.

Try a staycation, a vacation you take in your own town. Staycations are much less expensive than traditional vacations and can fit into the nooks and crannies of your busy life. The point is to step away from all of the “stuff” that distracts you from connecting with your kids and get into the vacation mindset, no travel required.

Taking some time to refresh and reboot with your family is priceless.

Read on for a list of staycation ideas from A to Z and choose a fun escape for your family soon.

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How to Build a Fort For Your Kids

Do you love to build things with your kids?

Want a fun way to teach them important life skills?

Build a fort with your kids and have the ultimate kids’ adventure!

In this article I’ll show you how to plan and build an awesome outdoor playhouse with your family.

There will be wood. There will be tools. And there will be hands-on opportunities to teach your kids life skills and values while having loads of fun.

Plan and build an outdoor playhouse with your kids. There will be hands-on opportunities to build life skills and values and have loads of fun.

Why Build a Fort?

The question really is, “Why not build a fort?”

Every kid wants a playhouse, fort, clubhouse, treehouse or whatever you prefer to call it. And every grownup who had one as a kid remembers it forever.

Whether it’s covered in camouflage, pretty pink polka dots or a bright, vibrant color, your kids will love to have a fort as a place to play and call their own.

What makes the project even more special: You’ll build it as a family!

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How to Create a Neighborhood Day Camp With Your Kids

Do your kids get bored easily over the summer?

Looking for an exciting summer program to get them outside playing and away from the electronics?

Here’s a solution: start a week-long neighborhood day camp.

Create a camp with your kids and get other local families involved, and everyone will have an amazing summer adventure!

In this article I’ll show you how you and your kids can start a neighborhood summer camp filled with fun, educational and creative activities.

Plan a neighborhood summer day camp filled with fun, educational and creative activities for all the kids on your block.

Why Start a Summer Camp?

Happy kids greet the summer with massive anticipation. Parents, on the other hand, have to scramble to find appropriate and affordable activities to keep their kids active and entertained throughout the summer.

Summer camp is a great opportunity for kids to bond with their peers in activities different than those during the school year.

Instead of sending your kids away to camp, work with them to create your own day camp that everyone can enjoy. Even your littlest kids can contribute. Then recruit other local families to give their input and help out.

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26 Rainy Day Activities for Kids

Have rainy days got you down?

Are your kids bored and anxious for something to do when the weather is wet?

The editors of My Kids’ Adventures have searched the web for fun ways your family can make the most of a rainy day together.

In this article I’ll share our 26 favorite rainy day activities for you and your kids to celebrate a rainy day. With silver linings from A-Z, you’re sure to find a fun way to bring some sunshine to the gloom.

Discover 26 rainy day activities to do with your kids. With silver linings from A-Z, you're sure to find a fun way to bring some sunshine to the gloom.

Why Play on a Rainy Day?

There are lots of adventures you can have with your kids, even when the weather is bad.

Rainy weather lets you experience the world in new ways from every one of your senses and discover a whole list of things you can only find in stormy weather, like rainbows and lightning, umbrellas and puddles. We’ve found activities to help your family explore them all: the sights, sounds, smells, feelings, and yes, even some rainy-day–specific foods to taste!

Next time it rains, use this list to find something fun to do before your cooped-up kids start complaining about being bored.

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10 Ways to Tempt Your Kids to Go Outside and Play: Spring Activities

Are your kids looking for some fun things to do outside this spring?

Or would they rather stay inside, glued to the TV or computer?

Want to fix that?

In this article I’ll share 10 ways to lure your kids outside for some fun spring activities and inspire them to stay and play for a while.

Outdoor spring activities: 10 items that will lure your kids outside for some fun spring activities and inspire them to stay outdoors and play for awhile.

Why Outdoor Activities?

It’s important for our children to be involved in outdoor activities and spring is a perfect time to find some fun things to do outside.

After staying inside out of the cold all winter, the change in weather can bring a few challenges: How can you pull your kids away from their electronics? What will entice them to go outdoors? And will they stay there long?

Kids spend enough time inside at school as it is. So, when they have spare time and a beautiful day, it’s important to have some fun outdoor activities ready to go.

Here are 10 items that can help.

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