Fall Treasure Hunt Printable


Going on a Fall Treasure Hunt is a great way to enjoy quality time outdoors while observing the beauty of the season. A few years ago, I started to take my kids on these adventures and it has become a favorite family tradition ever since! Every year when the leaves start to change colors, we […]

DIY Outdoor Toys to Get Kids Moving


These DIY Outdoor Toys to get kids moving are perfect for the last few days of Summer or anytime you are looking for active outdoor play ideas. The best part is that they are made using common household items you probably already have on-hand! Since most of these DIY projects are quick to make, you will […]

Brush Bot Painting!


Brush Bot painting is an easy introduction to robotics project for kids ages 8 and up! These Brush Bot kits make for a fun learning project and can be built in an afternoon. Once the robots are built, you can race them and experiment to see how you can make them speed up, slow down, or change […]

Botanical Sun Catchers


These botanical sun catchers look beautiful when displayed in a sunny window! This was a super quick craft, and took about 10 minutes to complete from start to finish. It is the perfect craft if the kids are looking for a little something to do during these last few days of Summer vacation, or for […]

How to Make Bubble Solution for Giant Bubbles


Making your own bubble solution is quick, easy, and fun to do with the kids. This recipe for bubble solution is perfect for making giant bubbles! It has quickly become one of our favorite go-to outdoor activities to enjoy together on beautiful Spring and Summer days. Tip – for best results, make bubbles on a […]

How to Make Giant Bubble Wands


These giant bubble wands are easy to make with just a few items you can find at your local hardware store. Older kids can help tie on the string, and younger kids can help measure out how much string to use. The kids may even enjoy decorating these giant bubble wands with paint, glitter glue, or decorative duct […]

Sidewalk Chalk Paint Recipe


This sidewalk chalk paint recipe is made with common household items you probably have on hand! If you don’t already have the materials needed to make this, you may be able to find these at your local dollar store or grocery store. This sidewalk chalk paint recipe features vibrant colors that can easily be washed […]

How to Make an Outdoor Obstacle Course


Looking for an easy way to learn how to make an outdoor obstacle course? This simple project is quick to set up, and it is a great way to re-use old pool noodles you may already have on-hand. You should be able to find all of the items needed for this project at your local dollar […]

How to Make a Simple Kite


This video tutorial is great for learning how to make a simple kite! With just a few common household items you probably already have on-hand, you can make a simple kite in about 2 minutes from start to finish. My kids and I love making these kites and spending the afternoon at a local park flying […]

Fun Outdoor Activity Idea


Here’s a fun outdoor activity idea that would be great for a sunny afternoon with the kids! This sidewalk suitcase was a HUGE hit with my kids when I surprised them with it after school one afternoon. It is easy and quick to put together, and it doesn’t cost a lot of money. I love how something […]

Painting En Plein Air With Kids


Painting en plein air with kids can be a great way to foster a love of nature while enjoying plenty of creative art time fun in the process! I love how this activity combines two of my favorite things — painting and enjoying the outdoors! This is such a simple activity, but it kept my kids […]

Autumn Nature Activity – Leaf Detectives!


This Autumn nature activity is a great way to keep the kids engaged in outdoor play this season, and you may be able to do this right in your own backyard! My kids loved pretending to be “leaf detectives” to explore which leaves come from which trees. They went on several top secret missions to […]

Story Time in the Park


Looking for some fun after school adventures to try? You may want to follow us on Instagram where I share quick and easy after school activities, scenic nature photos, play ideas, and simple craft projects! A few weeks ago on Instagram, I shared this idea for a special story time in the park. It was such […]

Fun Ways to Play Outside this Summer


Here are some of our favorite fun ways to play outside this Summer! A big thank you to Kmart for sponsoring today’s creative play ideas. Check out the Kmart HOT Deals Sales Page for many toys and play structures that are ideal for encouraging the kids to play outdoors! Lately, the kids and I have been making […]

How to Tie Dye a Shirt


Here is a tutorial to show how to tie dye a shirt, a classic Summer craft to try to with the kids! These tips for keeping the mess to a minimum are a great way to maximize the fun! These tie dyed shirts are the perfect Summer “uniform” for kids. My kids were so proud of how bright […]

Make a Water Fight Kit!


These water fight kits are a fun way to surprise family and friends with a little treat to gear up for the Summer months! I have included a free printable label for easy gift-giving too. My kids love dunking the sponge bombs into buckets of water to throw to each other for games of catch, and […]

How to Make a Summer Book Wagon


This Summer book wagon is such a simple way to encourage kids to actively read all season long! It can be completely customized to suit the interests and age of any child, and the wagon makes Summer story time a portable event that you can take with you virtually anywhere while enjoying a picnic snack. Great […]

Gearing Kids Up for Game Day


Playing sports is a great way to keep kids active outdoors during the Summer months. My kids really love kicking a soccer ball around the yard, running outside playing tag, or even setting up an outdoor obstacle course!  I thought I would share one of our favorite snacks for game day, or any other time we […]