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 Paper Boats and Race Them With Your Kids

Do your kids love to play water games?

Are they excited to get outdoors now that spring is here?

Want a great activity that involves a heaping helping of nature and a bit of competition?

Here’s a fun way to bond with your kids, explore the outdoors and let your competitive streak shine: as a family, make paper boats and sail them down a stream.

Don’t have a nearby stream? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.

In this article I’ll show you how to build a paper boat (also called an origami boat) and then find the perfect stream for a family boat race.

How to fold a paper boat (also called an origami boat) with your kids and find the perfect stream for a family boat race.

Why Construct Paper Boats?

Boats, like cars, trains, airplanes and all transportation really, take you away from your everyday life and lead to an exciting adventure. And what kid doesn’t like an adventure… especially an outdoor journey with a craft thrown in for extra fun?

All you need is some paper or cardboard, duct tape and a flowing stream. You’ll have your kids outside racing paper boats in no time.

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How to Have a Rainbow Treasure Hunt With Your Kids: St. Patrick’s Day Style

Do your kids spend way too much time in front of the TV and not enough time in active play?

Looking for a fun and active way to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day?

Head outside for a colorful springtime adventure with a St. Patrick’s Day twist.

In this article, I’ll show you how to create a rainbow treasure hunt that kids of all ages will enjoy for St. Patrick’s Day or any day.

After all, who wouldn’t want to find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow?

Head outside for a colorful springtime adventure and create a rainbow treasure hunt that kids of all ages will enjoy for St. Patrick's Day or any day.

Why a Rainbow Treasure Hunt?

A rainbow treasure hunt is the perfect way to get into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day.

The leprechaun is a primary symbol of the March 17th holiday. Tradition tells us that these fairies, dressed all in green, hide their pots of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Leprechauns enjoy mischief and are difficult to catch because they’re always one step ahead. And if you catch a leprechaun, he will give you his pot of gold or grant you three wishes in exchange for his release.

What better way to celebrate springtime than to send your kids on a search through the rainbow for a leprechaun and his pot of gold?

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