Outdoors

Easy Tin Can Stilts

Cross that mud puddle without getting wet feet! Tin can stilts are super easy to make and a fun way to walk. What you will need: 2 clean and empty cans the same size, opened at one end (tall juice cans work great) Clothes line or thin rope Can opener (to make holes) First make […]

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 […]

Grow Potatoes in a Tire

  Never gardened before? Potatoes were the first thing we ever planted. My then three year old son took a few from our cupboard and simply stuck them in the ground without telling anyone. They grew beautifully into a bumper crop of potatoes in the fall. Potatoes are one of the easiest and most satisfying […]

“Can I Play at the Dirt Pile House?”

  My friend Kate gazed out at the homes in her new neighborhood as her husband drove. Each yard was neat and perfectly landscaped, complete with swept walkways and expensive playground equipment, a kid’s heaven, she mused. Clean cars were parked in the driveways. Behind those big front doors Kate imagined tidy rooms and families […]

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 […]

Shake It Up with a Beachside Shelter Hot Dog Roast

Roast hot dogs on an open fire when cabin fever has set in. State Parks all over the Northwest have fireplaces in shelters where you can pack up the supplies (don’t forget the s’mores), and spend the afternoon in your warm rain gear to roast the dogs and walk the beach afterwards. The key is […]

Gliders, Gravity, and Wings to Fly

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” ― Kurt Vonnegut It was the third day of apocalyptic rain and everyone’s mood matched the low gray skies. I struggled through an endless list of things to do and found myself looking out the window sighing, wishing everything […]

Three Easy Bird Feeders

It’s cold outside and our backyard birds are working hard to keep warm, and that means fuel! Next week we will post about your family’s role in Citizen Science and the Audubon’s Society’s Great Backyard Bird Count beginning on February 17th.  This week here are three easy bird feeders to help our feathered friends through […]

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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