Watching Wildlife With Your Kids: A Fun Way to Get Outside Together

podcast iconDo your kids love bugs, birds and other critters?

Want to find ways to get them to enjoy the outdoors?

Start watching wildlife with your kids. To learn how to make it fun to observe wildlife in action, I interview David Mizejewski for this episode of the Parenting Adventures podcast.

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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 David Mizejewski, a naturalist and spokesperson for the National Wildlife Federation.

He hosted the Animal Planet show Backyard Habitat for four years, where he helped people transform their yards into habitats for birds.

He’s also made TV appearances on the Martha Stewart Show, Good Morning America and many other shows.

David shares ways to make it fun to watch wildlife with your kids.

You’ll discover simple things you can do to get out in nature, whether you find wildlife or you let wildlife find you.

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Do your kids like watching wildlife? In Parenting Adventures Podcast 11, National Wildlife Federation's David Mizejewski shares fun ways observe wildlife.

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How to Have an Alphabet Easter Egg Hunt

Are your kids really excited about Easter?

Is the Easter egg hunt their favorite part?

Would you like to make your Easter egg hunt more about the adventure of hunting and less about a sugar-fest?

Hold an alphabet Easter egg hunt. It’s a fun activity that uses your kids’ brainpower instead of tantalizing their taste buds.

In this article I’ll show you how to plan an alphabet egg hunt, a scavenger hunt that’s fun for your kids at Easter or any time.

How to plan an Alphabet Easter Egg Hunt, a scavenger hunt that's fun for your kids at Easter or any time and challenges their minds.

Why an Alphabet Easter Egg Hunt?

An Easter egg hunt is the most well-known (and well-loved) scavenger hunt of all. Kids love the excitement of the search and the sweet treasure found inside their plastic eggs.

An alphabet egg hunt includes all of the fun without focusing on the sugar. It will give your kids an opportunity to use their brains and burn some energy while they search for eggs that contain letters of the alphabet.

Let your kids take control of hiding the eggs, too. They’ll love to “be the bunny” and think of creative places to hide lettered eggs, like a “B” egg in the bathtub or an “M” egg in the mailbox.

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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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How Your Kids Can Have a Global Scavenger Hunt Without Leaving Home

Do your kids like scavenger hunts?

Would you like to take them around the world without the cost?

Get ready for a scavenger hunt like no other.

Your kids discover fascinating facts about places like Antarctica, the Seven Wonders of the World or a real castle!

Looking all over the globe for unique and unusual places is as easy as a few clicks of the mouse or a few taps on the touchscreen.

In this article I’ll show you how to “visit” some of the world’s most famous and beautiful landmarks with your kids using Google Earth, keep a personal travel journal of your discoveries and make a tasty international treat to celebrate the return from your “travels.”

Visit places around the world with your kids on a Google Earth scavenger hunt. Make a journal of your discoveries and a treat to celebrate your travels.

Why Use Google Earth to Teach Kids About the World?

The world is a wide and varied place. Media and technology are making it smaller, bringing people together like never before. It’s important for kids (and adults, too) to learn about the people, places and cultures that are now so accessible to them.

And there are so many incredible places to see!

It would take a lifetime (and a whole lot of money) to visit them all, but Internet sites like Google Earth make it possible to see real sights around the world that even the most experienced travelers may never visit.

If an around-the-world vacation isn’t in your plans or budget, the great Google Earth scavenger hunt is a fun alternative—a way to use technology to expose your family to places far and wide and have an international adventure together from your own home.

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How to Have a Nature Photo Scavenger Hunt: A to Z Style

Want your kids to focus on the real world and less on the imaginary worlds in their video games?

Looking for a fun outdoor activity that doesn’t take a lot of time to plan?

Hand your kids a camera and head outside for an outdoor activity you can do together. Give it a shot—you may find that your kids like to play with your camera almost as much as their electronic games and gadgets.

In this article I’ll show you how quick and easy it is to plan an A to Z photo scavenger hunt that will get your family outside exploring your neighborhood or park and begging to stay out longer.

How to plan an A to Z photo scavenger hunt that will get your family outside exploring your neighborhood or park and begging to stay out longer.

Why an A to Z Scavenger Hunt?

Scavenger hunts are a great way to engage with your kids, but the thought of all the intensive preparation—the maps, checklists and other considerations—can be enough to stop you before you begin. My Kids’ Adventures makes scavenger hunts and treasure hunts easy. And this A to Z scavenger hunt is the easiest one yet! For most families, the school year is busy! There are so many things to get done: homework, reading, car pools and after-school activities all go by in a blur, leaving not much time for fun family activities. An outdoor letter scavenger hunt helped our family get outside doing something fun together without any preparation or mess. I wanted to share it with your family, too.

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How to Have a Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt

What do your kids know about the first Thanksgiving?

Would you like to make the story of this incredible event more vivid for your children?

Send your family on a journey of discovery, starting with the sailing of the Mayflower and ending with the Thanksgiving meal itself.

In this article, you’ll find all you need to plan a quick and easy Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt that’s both fun and educational.

How to plan a quick and easy Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt that's both fun and educational.

Why a Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt?

When you ask most kids to tell you about the first Thanksgiving, they’ll rattle off a thing or two about the Pilgrims, turkeys and pumpkin pie. Not a bad start, but there’s so much more to the story!

Get your children excited to learn more about the first Thanksgiving. Send them on a scavenger hunt to track down fun Thanksgiving facts and tidbits!

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How to Do a Library Scavenger Hunt Your Kids Will Love

Do your kids recognize your local library from the outside, but not the inside?

Has your family forgotten all the interesting things that a library can hold?

If your kids are like mine, you likely hear a round of “Awwww, Mom!” when you suggest a trip to the library to find some books.

But the public library can be a goldmine of fun discoveries for your curious little ones—not to mention a great outing when the weather is bad.

In this article I’ll show you how to explore your local library with your kids through a fun, engaging game they will adore.

Library scavenger hunt: how to explore your local library with your kids through a fun, engaging game they will adore.

Why a Library Scavenger Hunt?

As parents, we know the value of reading and developing a love of books. But sometimes getting your kids to appreciate the world of books can take a bit of creativity.

By introducing a game where your kids compete against each other and earn points for discovering library resources, you can gently nudge them into the world of literature without being pushy.

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How to Turn Community Cleanup Into a Fun Scavenger Hunt

Can you think of somewhere in your neighborhood that’s looking nasty and neglected?

Is your park, playground or beach looking less than perfect?

For less than an hour of your time, your family can make a big and visible improvement to your little corner of the world.

And you may just have some fun while you’re doing it.

In this article, I’ll show you how to inject an element of entertainment and competition into a dirty job—picking up trash.

You’ll see how easy it is to plan a community service project with a twist… or a list. A scavenger hunt list, that is.

Cleanup scavenger hunt: how to inject an element of entertainment and competition into a dirty job—picking up trash.

Why Should We Clean Up the Trash?

We all teach our kids not to litter. We keep our homes and our yards clean and try to keep our neighborhoods nice. But unfortunately, trash tends to collect, especially in public areas.

I’ll bet you can think of a place right now that’s looking nasty and neglected… Got one?

There are lots of good reasons to clean that place up. It may not be your job, but it is where you live and helping to keep it nice and safe will benefit a lot of people. Plus, volunteering to clean it up sends a great message to your kids. Maybe it will motivate them to clean up their rooms (or maybe not!).

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How to Have an Outdoor Photo Scavenger Hunt With Your Kids

Need a fun family activity that will “click” with everyone?

Looking for a new way to enjoy the great outdoors?

Experience the excitement of searching for nature’s treasures with a family photo adventure.

In this article, I’ll show you how to plan and organize an outdoor photo scavenger hunt and I’ll give you some hints to help you take great pictures.

Photo adventure: how to plan and organize an outdoor photo scavenger hunt with some hints to help you take great pictures.

Why a Photo Scavenger Hunt?

An outdoor photo scavenger hunt brings the expression, “Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.” to life. Searching for a list of clues will cause children to look at nature a little more closely and discover things they may have never noticed before.

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