Last Friday we went for a skate only to find the skating rink covered in rainwater. We still had some fun outdoor time playing on the snow mountain and climbing trees.Add a comment
We have been so busy lately with school. There has been so many activities and playing outside that we have had little time for baking. One of my 6-year-old daughter’s favorite recipes is making and decorating cupcakes. Yesterday we made heart shaped cupcakes using something out of her toy box.
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By Kari Svenneby
Recent news has been buzzing with advice from healthcare professionals who advocate outdoor play for children. We call it fresh air living and see it as a lifestyle, not just something we add to our children’s list of activities and programs. Fresh air living incorporates unstructured play, outdoor sports, and outdoor learning. Though it has existed for a long time, the concept of outdoor learning is seen as a new teaching approach for all academic disciplines. It engages and motivates learners through first-hand experiences that demonstrate the relevance of the knowledge being taught.
Nearly all adults will tell you that their most positive childhood memories occurred outside. However, when it comes to our own kids, we declare that times have changed, taking the path of least resistance rather than coming up with ways to enrich their lives.
It is a traditional belief or story that on Valentine’s Day the birds find their mates. They have to hook up early in the year to make sure the children will be strong before the fall arrives.
What better Valentine gift can we give our bird friends than to give them some extra energy this winter? Make some suet cakes for your birds. You will attract western bluebirds, chickadees, jays, towhees, warblers, woodpeckers and more to your backyard.Add a comment
In European folklore February has been a fertility month for humans of forest and fields long before we got St. Valentine's feast ordered by the pope in 496.
I hope you and your family is making Valentine cards for your friends and loved ones. Here are a few ideas to connect you and your family to the Valentine tradition and the outdoors.
What is considered to be too cold for recess in Canada and the US differs from states to province. On our Facebook page, last year we had one mom reporting in Texas that kids are watching cartoons at school when it is 15°C (59°F) outside, because it is too cold. Then we have schools in Canada and the US they are outside when it – 20°C (-4°F). See USAToday for more on the story on how different recess limits are set.Add a comment