How to Transform Trees Into Enchanted Gnome Homes With Your Kids

Do your kids like magical or fantasy characters?

Want to spend more creative time outdoors?

Create enchanted gnome homes for local garden gnomes and fairies!

It’s a fun project that promotes creativity and imagination, while using simple craft materials you already have lying around.

In this article I’ll explain how to build an enchanted tree home in your yard.

Do your garden gnomes run for cover when the kids go outside? Make them a place to live! Gnome homes are a creative outdoor project to grow kids' imaginations.

Why Make an Enchanted Tree Home?

When you create a home for neighborhood gnomes and fairies, you open the door to endless creative play.

Children love to use their imaginations to see magical characters come to life. So why not bring a little mythological folklore into your yard, and create an enchanted tree home for the neighborhood gnomes. You can invite some fairies to stop by too!

Being earth dwellers, gnomes appear to prefer living in a natural environment like the base of a tree. Trees make the perfect backdrop to build a fantasy home for magical friends.

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How to Stage a Sword Battle With Your Kids, Percy Jackson Style

Want to bring the mythical world of Percy Jackson to life in your own backyard?

Do your kids turn anything they get their hands on into a weapon?

Here’s a sword that won’t hurt.

This one won’t turn into a pen, but you can use it to stage an epic battle of good vs. evil, hero vs. monster or just kids vs. Dad.

In this article I’ll show you how to make an inexpensive (and safe) sword out of PVC and pool noodles so you can duel with your kids. Recreate battles from Percy Jackson and the Olympians books or make up your own family sword-fighting adventure—you and your kids will have lots of fun either way.

Bring the mythical world of Percy Jackson to life in your own backyard using an inexpensive (and safe) sword out of PVC and duel with your kids.

Why Stage a Sword Battle?

Heroes and their swords are a classic theme in adventure stories—from King Arthur and Excalibur to Luke Skywalker and his lightsaber and even Percy Jackson and Riptide. Sword battles have been used in literature and movies throughout time to represent the struggle and eventual triumph of good over evil.

And as long as kids have been picking up sticks from the ground, they have been staging their own versions of these fantastic battles of will and swordplay. It’s even better when Mom or Dad plays the role of the big ugly monster!

It’s great fun until someone gets hurt.

They won’t get hurt with the padded sword I’ll teach you how to make below, so you can let your kids’ imaginations run wild. All you need is a little time, some inexpensive supplies and a space to do battle.

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How to Turn a Fall Walk Into an Autumn Wreath Adventure

Do you find it hard to get your kids out of the house at this time of year?

Want to get them out in the fresh air so they can burn some energy AND get creative?

Cure your cabin fever woes with a fun family activity that will get you all outside for a fall walk that will bring back what you need to decorate your door and welcome holiday guests.

In this article I’ll show you how to make a fun and festive fall wreath with your kids using materials you find on a nature walk.

Learn how to make a fun and festive fall wreath with your kids using materials you find on a nature walk.

Why Make a Nature Wreath?

The colder seasons give us a chance to slow down after the busy summer months and connect with our kids indoors, but it can be a challenge to find activities everyone will enjoy.

This adventure gives your family a great reason to get out and about and burn some bottled-up energy. It also provides a creative way to spend your time when you get back indoors.

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How to Make Stained Glass Kids’ Art With Fall Leaves

Do your kids like to collect pretty autumn leaves?

Looking for a way to bring the warmth of fall’s colors indoors?

Want to plan a fun family activity that only takes minutes?

Turn mementos from a fall nature walk into a lasting memory you’ll enjoy through the winter with a 10-minute project you and your kids will love.

In this article I’ll show you how to create homemade “stained glass” from colorful fall leaves in 3 easy steps.

How to turn mementos from a fall nature walk into a lasting memory you'll enjoy through the winter with a leaf project you and your kids will love.

Why Make Stained Glass Leaf Art?

There’s something fascinating about autumn leaves: to see something that was verdant just a few weeks ago magically transformed into bright yellows, deep oranges, rich reds and dark browns is mesmerizing to a child—or anyone, if you stop to think about it for a minute.

It’s great fun to take a walk with your family in search of the prettiest fall leaves, hearing the dry ones crunch underfoot as you look up into the canopy.

Fall leaf stained glass gives you a way to preserve the lovely leaves you gather and enjoy their colors long after the trees have gone bare.

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How to Have an Outdoor Leaf Scavenger Hunt With Your Kids

Do your kids like to explore and discover new things?

Looking for a fun outdoor activity that’s perfect for a cool, crisp autumn day?

Here’s something new to do with a favorite fall novelty: Take your family on a leaf-hunting expedition and get an up-close look at some of nature’s wonders.

In this article, I’ll show you how to create a fall foliage scavenger hunt that will keep your kids engaged and entertained as they explore the world around them.

Learn how to create a fall foliage leaf scavenger hunt that will keep your kids engaged and entertained as they explore the world around them.

Why Go on a Leaf-Hunting Expedition?

Fall leaves are pretty cool. They crunch underfoot and amaze us with their transforming colors.

They’re gorgeous. They’re interesting. They smell good. They’re only around for a short while.

They’re one of nature’s many wonders and there’s so much more to them than jumping into a pile! As satisfying as that big, explosive “crunch” can be, it’s also great fun to help your kids slow down once in a while and notice how special autumn leaves are by going on a leaf scavenger hunt.

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Leaf Science: How to Find the Hidden Colors in Leaves

Do your kids wonder why the leaves change colors?

Do you have a future scientist in your household?

Help your kids discover the science behind nature’s beauty with this fun family experiment.

In this article I’ll show you how to unlock all of the hidden secrets in a leaf through chromatography.

Don’t let the name scare you off, it’s a super-simple science experiment done with items you probably already have around the house.

And it’s a great way to help your kids learn more about the world around us.

How to unlock all of the hidden secrets in a leaf through chromatography. A simple science experiment done with items you have around the house.

Imagine this…

It starts out as a nature walk where the kids have a mission—finding different kinds of leaves—so parents can relax and enjoy the lovely fall colors.

Then there’s pounding and noise and actually trying to stain things green. How often are kids allowed, much less encouraged, to do that?

Finally, there’s a science experiment involving chemicals and mysterious migrating colors that appear from nowhere. You’ll see a scientific phenomenon occur right before your eyes!

And it’s all to answer an age-old question that your kids have undoubtedly asked: How do the leaves change color?

Wow! Where do I sign up?

Right here.

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