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An alternative to full time kindergarten

In Ontario they are implementing fulltime kindergarten starting at four years of age. It can be a wonderful opportunity for Ontario’s children but could run the risk of introducing too much “classroom instruction” too early and further reduce outdoor time for preschoolers. 

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5 Easter ideas

In Toronto, spring is finally in the air and I’m enjoying seeing spring flowers coming up from the ground. Here is how we like to connect with Easter and the outdoors: Add a comment
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Fiddleheads

fiddleheadsfrontHave you ever eaten fiddleheads before? Before I noticed them in my local store here in Toronto my first spring here in Canada, I didn't even know what they were. Since then I have had a lovely relationship with fiddleheads.

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Norway, the daycare generation… But it is outdoors

As some of you know I spent some time this spring in Norway, my native country. I was living there with my children for 2 months because of a sudden death in my family. Growing up in this country brainwashed me with my mantra; No bad weather only bad clothing. It influences my beliefs that fresh air is good for you. That would explain why both my kids have been napping and playing outside in all kinds of weather since they were babies.

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Make a bird nest

A simple and fun spring activity is to make a bird nest. We try to do this activity every year when we are out hiking,biking and playing in one of Toronto's park. Later in the season we will visit the nest and see if any birds did take it over this spring.

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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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