Go Outside

Children cannot bounce off the walls if we take away the walls.—Erin K Kenny
We are healthier happier human beings with time spent outdoors. Here are ideas and activities for getting your family outside and into a world of play where life is one big yes!

Pool Play! Outdoor Water Games

Is there a better combination than sunshine, a swimming pool and children in the summer? The following games will add to outdoor water fun, with several of the games possible in a wading pool for younger kids. Paper Cup Race What you will need: 1 plain small paper cup per child Felt tip markers Jelly […]

Best Beach Activities: Collect Stardust!

It’s dusty out there in our Solar system. Every day up to 100 tons of cosmic dust falls to earth, mostly micrometeorite particles that have collided with our planet every day since its creation, leaving a surprising amount of debris. It is possible to collect a few of these meteor particles because they are composed […]

Go Outside and Play! 8 Fabulous Ideas for Kids

I grew up in Idaho with four sisters and brothers, and a father and mother who wouldn’t take no for an answer. On summer days, after our chores, my siblings and I were herded out the back door. Play, my mother ordered. And we did. We had no choice. We played baseball and had lemonade […]

Outdoor Art: The Best Foot Paint Ever

My favorite projects in the whole world are those that send kids outdoors, armed with color and imagination and energy. There is no better place to make art!  Outside is a mess-forgiving place that absorbs the drips and spills of budding Van Goghs of all ages and allows their imaginations full rein. The Best Foot […]

Back to Basics: 10 Timeless Tools for Outdoor Fun

Some things never change, including the way kids love to play, generation after generation.  Open ended activities with no rules, the time to do them in, and a few basic tools or ingredients can change a cranky kid into a bright-eyed, breathless child.  This summer  go outside, where there are few NO’s, no physical movement […]

Go Outside! Beach Glass Mosaic

Placed in a window, these mosaics are beautiful works of art. Walking down a beach searching for the water-worn glass is part of the process of these translucent beauties. See the list below for best beaches to find sea glass in the Pacific Northwest. You can also order sea glass online to supplement your stash. […]

It’s the Process Not the Product

By Nancy Blakey One of my favorite Calvin & Hobbes cartoons shows Calvin shoveling dirt. Hobbes the tiger asks him why he is digging a hole. “I’m looking for buried treasure!” Calvin announces. “What have you found?” Hobbes asks. “A few dirty rocks, a weird root, and some disgusting grubs. There’s treasure everywhere!” Calvin announces […]

Camping with Kids: Make Your Reservations Now!

There is nothing like the great outdoors to make memories!  Car camping is easy and now is the time to make reservations for this summer.  Here are Mama Paul’s best camping places in Western Washington.  There are places all over the United States that may take a little research to find, but it is worth […]

Become a Citizen Scientist! The Great Backyard Bird Count

I first ran across of the concept of Citizen Science when I was recycle-printing on the back of my daughter’s college research paper. I flipped the paper over, the words caught my eye and I lowered myself to the chair to read about the importance of every day people contributing scientific data from their own […]

Wild Child: The Importance of Outdoors in All Weather

By Nancy Blakey The weather outside is frightful with the damp gray dance of winter shortening the days and dropping the temperature. Cabin fever sets in and the kids are ornery and restless.   “Children cannot bounce off the walls if we take away the walls…” Erin Kenny declares, and that means the wall-less fence-less great […]

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