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Go Play Outside Fortune teller

8 Backyard fun ideas

fortuneteller

In today's post I'm introducing an old favorite childhood toy; the fortuneteller with a twist. Last year I really enjoyed my friend Jen's Kitchen Chronicle's idea I'm bored jar". She suggested a jar with different activities and suggestions in it to get kids up and doing something. With the end of the school year approaching us, I think it would be great to have a tool when that boredom moment hits our kids go give them a little help to get them outside to play. We have tested it this weekend and I can tell you it was a big hit in our house. Making an outdoor fortuneteller is a great activity for kids (Age 7 an up).

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Nature Scavenger hunt and Nature bracelet

In our community we have many wonderful people and resources. Patty in Illinois is one of them. She runs Nature Play in Illinois, and also has her own blog. She is also very active in our facebook community. I feel so lucky to connect with so many wonderful parents with so many great ideas.

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Mud pie kitchen

mudkitchen1Believe it or not we do have trends in the #playoutdoors movement, and mud and mud pie kitchens are very popular amongst other bloggers. For some time I have been secretly admiring and thinking about creating our own outdoor play kitchen. My kids love to make dirt soups and mud pies all year round.

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Letterboxing

I'm not quite sure how it all started, but I think I was reading an article in one of those airline magazines on my way to somewhere when I discovered letterboxing.  There were several elements that intrigued me: nature, treasure hunting, and stamp making.  I prefer good old clues than trying to find something with a GPS and I like the notion that all you leave behind and take with you are prints of stamps, either hand made or store bought.  I'm going to give you some simple info about letterboxing, which is a fun to do with the whole family!

Courtney shares everything you need to know about letterboxing read more :Letterboxing 101

 

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Go fishing in your own backyard

fishingfrontThis week we went to the Toronto Zoo and one of the highlights for our visit was touching the stingrays in the pool. At the Toronto Zoo they have stingrays in a pool and the guests are allowed to touch and feed the stingrays. I also recently told you how Norwegian kids like to catch sand crabs in the summer.

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Are you by the sea this summer? Catch some sand crabs

crabfishingfrontWe love to be by the sea; with the smell of the salt water and to swim. It might surprise you, but thanks to the Gulf Stream, the ocean can get quite warm in Norway. If you go to the coast during the summer in Norway, you will notice that kids do not just love to swim and make sand castles there. You will see kids on docks, rocky outcrops and the beach catching sand crabs and proudly creating aquariums for their catch.

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