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Back to school: Go play

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By Kari Svenneby
Getting back to school is an exciting time for both parents and kids. Last year report by National Wildlife Federation, “Back to School: Back Outside,” key finding was that kids who spend time outdoors both at school and home, become higher-performance learners and score higher on standardized tests. For more on their key findings, check out National Wildlife Federation’s Back to School: Back Outside.

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Back to school lunches

schoolpicnicfrontBack to school means less outdoor time in this house. So it is best to find creative ways to get outside during the week. If you bring your child home for lunch you can have a picnic in a local park or at the school playground. It takes a little planning, but nothing beats some al fresco dining with lots of outdoor play.

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Messy Play ideas for Backyard

School is out and summer is officially here. I’m always looking for new ways to get my kids active and creative outdoors.  I have to admit most of the times my kids will find their own games, but sometimes they need some help to get started.  I love these fun messy play ideas works well in an outdoor playgroup setting or ECE setting.

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Making a camp kitchen, menu planning and food storage

You might think I’m going camping every weekend, I have to disappoint you, I’m outside every day but camping is not every weekend for my family, and me. I am more into backcountry cabin living than in a tent.

Don’t get my wrong, I love the wilderness and I’m not afraid of the backcountry but it is all the organizing involved with camping that drives me crazy. But I can’t take it any more. After spending a summer outdoor in the city, I have to have my nature fix.

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10 Things for the Best Car Camping Trip Ever

10 Things for the Best Car Camping Trip Ever
By Heidi Ahrens,Play Outdoors

This summer you may be planning to partake in the great tradition of car camping, along with numerous other families who are taking advantage of the warmer days. When it comes to camping, preparedness is directly related to enjoyment -- follow the advice of our Top 10 list and you’re sure to have a truly wonderful time.

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Summer rain fun

summerrainToronto has been very hot lately with very little rain. We love hot summer days but we do not mind the summer rain. Our garden needs it and we need it. Next time it rains take advantage of the weather and embrace it. (Of course not when there is lighting or severe weather)

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