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Put away the Toys, and Get Outside

By Nancy Ripton
My sons get more toys in a year than I had in my entire life but most of them sit in boxes untouched. The few that they do make time for–Lego and Star Wars–can keep them busy for hours if bedtime is near, but to little to abate mid-day boredom.

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Chicken acorn squash soup and Halloween bread

By Kari Svenneby

Make a healty and seasonal soup for your Halloween party or for dinner on Halloween Night!

Little ghostlings needs lots of energy for trick and treating.

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Fall gardening: collect seeds

nasturiumfrontIn our family we have collected seeds from vegetables many times, but we have not yet done a real collecting of seeds in the fall. It is one of the activities that I keep planning to do with my kids but I keep forgetting. Collecting seeds are a great activity for kids and adult in the fall and can easily be done at school.

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Gearing up for winter play

As you already know, we love to get outside.  Going outside can be as uncomplicated and cheap as taking a walk around the block and as complicated and expensive as going on a ski vacation.  Having a lot of interests means having a lot of gear, which we do: kayaks, paddles, skis, skates, helmets of EVERY kind, bikes, bike trailer, scooters- you get the idea.  All this gear, especially with growing children, can add up quickly.  Lucky for us we have two boys that are two years apart, so we just pass down from one to the other, and my husband and I are the oldest children in our family- we have no empathy yet for those who always received hand me downs, so as long as we can get away with it, we will!

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Getting dress for success

As you may know, we believe there is “No bad weather, only bad clothing” and we made a little video showing you how to dress for winter following the tried and true layering principal. The layering principle is nothing new; outdoorsy people have used it for ages.

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Traditional Halloween party games

By Debra Scott
Bobing for apples
Get a big bucket or pot (we used to use my mom’s bread making pot) fill with water and apples. Kids try to get an apple out of the water using their teeth… NO HANDS allowed. It is more difficult than it looks. Have lots of towels ready.

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