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10 fun rainy day activities

10rainyfrontRecently, a magazine interviewed me about how children deal with being outside in all kinds of weather. The question reminded me that I have yet to meet a child who didn’t love puddles. I think children learn from us adults that rainy days and mud are “yucky”. Do you remember your best childhood memory? Maybe it was set in the middle of a big muddy puddle. My favorite memory was making channels and little streams out of puddles.

 

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Have a picnic in the park with fun tortillas

tortillafrontOn Wednesday we had a wonderful spring day here in Toronto. When we visited The Beach Outdoor Playgroup, the sunshine and warm weather made a perfect day for a picnic and our snack was easy to make quesadillas.

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Fresh Air Living


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.

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Spring picnic - fish soup

 I often tell people that eating outside is an easy way to get your family outside. It does not have to be a faraway destination; it can be in your local park or your backyard. Instead of setting the table for dinner, you just bring it out to the park with you. Eat and play. The key to a picnic is to make it easy to organize after work and school. Yesterday was our first family picnic of spring, and this time we did not walk very far (only 2 minutes).

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Photo Essay: Spring in Frogner Parken Oslo

frogner1Yesterday we explored urban nature in Oslo. We visited my sister and her family in Oslo. She lives 10 minutes from Frogner Parken or Vigeland's parken. It is an urban park with a garden, play grounds, an outdoor water park, a pond and sculptures by Gustav Vigeland.

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Easter egg hunt

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Have an Easter egg hunt in your local park or in your backyard. Boil eggs and color them with different colors. You could also use plastic eggs and fill them with candy and hide the eggs out in a park or nearby field.
Make the challenge according to the age of the children participating.

 

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