Make a Tin Can Forest for Outdoor Pretend Play

Henry and I made a real forest with upcycled tin cans, tree branches and a few plants. Henry loves picking up sticks at Grandma’s house. So that’s just what he did. While he added the biggest branches he could find to Grandma’s twig pile, I gathered some small sticks for our project. I snapped the branches to […]

Outdoor Play : Firewood Sculpture

Henry got to camp overnight with Grandma and Grandpa last weekend. We joined them for the night for fire-cooked pizzas and s’mores. Before building the fire, a giant stack of firewood was begging to be played with. Henry and I began to build a sculpture. [Mostly assembled by myself, with Henry's assistance.] Balancing the firewood […]

Outdoor Play : Gardening

A garden has been on my to do list for many summers. Finally this summer, we got one planted. Thanks to my mom. The weather we’ve had this last week has been perfect! It’s been so great to be outdoors! Henry didn’t get into it as much as I had hoped he would with the […]

Art : Window Paint Creations

Paint on a large window, outside?  It doesn’t get much better than that! We’ve finally had some nice weather lately, and getting outside has been much needed! I quickly made up some window paint. I googled the recipe for window paint and ran across a recipe that included dish soap. I looked under my sink, […]

Outdoor Play: Dandelion Picking

Fine motor activity with dandelions! On Mother’s Day, we headed outside to pick dandelions at my mom’s house and collected them in a basket. Not doing anything in particular with them. Later that week, we went outside and did the same thing again at home. Henry thoroughly enjoys picking dandelions.  He gets excited when he finds […]

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Building a Bird’s Nest : Outdoors in April

Henry and I have been talking about making a bird’s nest for a couple weeks now. This week it finally got warm enough to spend the entire morning or afternoon (or both!) outdoors. To make our bird’s nest, Henry and I headed outside to gather our materials for the nest: small sticks, leaves, dead grass I […]

Outdoors in April [take 1]

We’ve been getting outside every day so far – staying true to the challenges*! Not much for activities yet – as its still pretty cold. Although, today it hit 70[!!] and all I did was go for a walk! Henry went with Dad to the farm and played in the tractors all afternoon. Henry and […]