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10 ways to connect nature with food

foodnatureA few weeks ago I read a wonderful post by Aimee in Simple Bites. She wrote a post about how to create a food culture in your family. It is worth a read for everybody that is interested in slow food, sustainability and raising healthy kids.

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April Shower Blog contest

We are cBannerhallenging grandparents, outdoor playgroup leaders, early childhood educators, teachers and parents to write a post or make a vlog about being outside on a rainy day.

We would love to hear your ideas for activities to do with kids on rainy days. We want everyone to get out there and embrace the weather.

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Tips for getting families outside all year around

There are a lot of things parents can do to get their kids outside, regardless if you live in Toronto or in Orlando.

Here are my tips for getting families outside all year around.

 

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Tiger Moms vs. Polar Bear Moms

By Russell Gienapp
Much attention has been given to the iron handed tiger mom pushing their children to perfection, but now the mainstream media is noticing the existence of another mother personified by a meaner predator of the world; the polar bear mom. These arctic monster moms of the north expose their children (even babies) to science, math and art outside... even in the winter.

Polar bear moms’ kids learn and play in conditions so harsh the very molecular activity of water is slowed. Forming what scientists call ice and snow.

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Recess, even in the winter!

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.

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Kicksledding, Minnesota

By Jessica Shallow
What a fun experience it is to try kicksledding, or Spark as it is called in it's originating countries. This was actually our 2nd time kicksledding, but this time it was part of a class that my daughter & I took with another family from our playgroup. We learned a little bit about the history of kicksledding, how to put it together & how to store it, and how to care for it after you are finished. Then we headed outdoors to try it out. The pictures above show the kid size kicksleds, but there are adult size ones as well, which us moms had a chance to push each other around on.

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