Outdoor Activities

  • Fairy Furniture

    August 13, 2014

    It wouldn’t be fair for me to tell you how to make a “fairy door” without showing you how to make some fairy furniture to add to your garden as well! These tables and chairs are super easy and quick to make and, like most of my favorite crafts, they can be made with things ...

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  • Homemade Paper and Seed Paper

    August 8, 2014

    Last night, while cleaning up from dinner, I told L not to throw away her pudding cup because it can be recycled. She replied, “What’s recycle? What’s it mean?” So as I was doing my best to explain to a 2-year-old how plastics are melted down and made into new containers, I remembered how I ...

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  • DIY Tin Can Bird Feeder

    August 6, 2014

    I think what I love most about the Tin Can Bird Feeder is that you’re essentially making something from nothing! It’s also such a fun way to teach kids how to reuse and recycle! We just made the bird feeder on a whimsy for our own backyard, but it would make a terrific gift too.     Materials ...

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  • DIY Fairy Door…Gnome Door…

    July 29, 2014

    In our garden the fairies and gnomes live amongst each other. Their village spreads around the yard with lil houses, patios and ponds hidden beneath the flowers. Throughout the year, L and I like to collect and make things to add to our garden…this morning we made a lil fairy door. Materials needed: sticks florist wire a button   First, have ...

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  • New Ways to Paint

    July 24, 2014

    I have never met a person, young or old, who didn’t love to paint! So here are over 10 new ways to paint…time to get messy and have some fun!!!   Some tips before we start: Use an old shirt or apron for a smock shirt…or on a hot day, have your kids take off their shirts! When using finger ...

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  • Sunshine Experiment

    July 23, 2014

    We call this one the “sunshine experiment”…it’s an oldie, but a goodie. It’s a great experiment to help kids learn about the harmful effects of the sun and why it’s important to always wear sunscreen. L is only 2 years old and was surprised at the outcome, but didn’t understand it 100%. I imagine a ...

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  • Water Play

    July 14, 2014

    Have a lot of yard work to do this week? Want to keep your kids busy and cool while playing outside? Set up a water station! Whether it be dishes, a waterproof baby doll, a garden owl or a soccer ball, my kid LOVES washing things!       Washing supplies: 1 or 2 wash basins empty soap dispenser filled with ...

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  • DIY No-Sew Teepee

    July 11, 2014

    What kid (or adult) doesn’t like to play in a fort, tent or secret hideaway?! This teepee was so incredibly easy to make, I was able to construct it in about 5 minutes, just after the sun came up and before my girls awoke. Breakfast in a teepee anyone? What you need:  6 x 72 in. bamboo ...

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