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Some fun gardening experiments for kids (big kids too)

veggiepatchI hope you are growing edibles in your garden with your kiddies this summer. It is so much fun growing your own food for both the big and the small. And nothing taste better than what you have grown yourself. Even growing just some fresh herbs is rewarding.

Here are a few fun ideas for you and your kids to try out in your backyard.

 

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Make BBQ Pizza

One of the easiest ways to make sure you are getting outside is to eat outside. We try to eat every meal outside both in our backyard or as picnic. I hope you enjoy dining outside as much as we do in our family. We have one tradition that we share with many families; Friday is pizza night.

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Letterboxing

What is letterboxing?  First off, there are two aspects to letterboxing- finding them and leaving them.  The site that I usually use is http://www.letterboxing.org/. You can search the locations of letterboxes all over the world.  You can also create an account to list letterboxes of your own that you have hidden. The roots of letterboxing are debatable, but here is a site with some info: http://www.atlasquest.com/about/history/. Basically they are boxes hidden by people that you can find outdoors by following clues.  Some are easy to find and some are very hard, depending on what kind of a challenge you would like.

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Flower ice cubes

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We have violets in our backyard, and our kids love to pick and play with them. They love to put them in vases and make potions. Violets are edible and can be used in salads or as cake decorations, as frosted violets.

We decided we were going to make the violets last a little bit longer by preserving them in ice cubes this year

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Camping in Ontario

Agawa Rock Pictographs
Last summer my family went camping in Northern Ontario to Pukaskwa National Park. It was a far away destination from Toronto; a 14 hour drive and that is only one way. We enjoyed the road trip through Ontario to Puskawa and especially the stop at Agawa Rock Pictographs, a half kilometer mini scenic hike. It was so neat to see pictographs up close.

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Have a coffee and change a life on Tim Hortons Camp Day

Recently my daughter came home from ballet one day after having a snack afterwards at Tim Hortons. She said to me, “Mamma, you should write about Tim Hortons camp day. They do great work getting kids outdoors who really need it.

I was so lucky to visit one of Tim Hortons camp here in Ontario and I can say I was impressed by the work Tim Hortons is doing to get disadvantaged kids into a natural settings that they may not otherwise gexperience. I’m happy to share this information about Tim Hortons camp day.

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