30+ Backyard Science Ideas

  Your backyard is full of amazing things to explore and wonderful creatures to learn about. There are over 30 fun backyard science ideas listed below so grab a few supplies (you probably have most of them already) and head outside with your kids! Some of these just need an outdoor space so if you don’t have a backyard, pack a picnic lunch and head to the nearest local park! Click here to save this on Pinterest. Click here to save this on Pinterest. Explosions and Eruptions Make a bottle rocket (pictured above) Exploding baggies are tons of fun Another exploding […] Read more »

20+ Picnic Tips + Menu Ideas

Going on a picnic with your family is a great way to get away from the hustle of daily life. There’s something about them that bring us back to a time when things were simpler and slower. Get away from it all with a family picnic and create some beautiful memories in the process with these 20+ picnic tips + menu ideas. Save and share this on Pinterest Shown above (clockwise from top) 1. Planning a perfect picnic 2. Veggie pasta salad 3. Cheddar biscuits 4. Picnic planning and tips Picnic Menu Ideas Crunchy and tangy bacon coleslaw Colorful lentil […] Read more »

Make Colored Chalk

Drawing and writing with chalk is a great way for your kids to express themselves. Whether you have a chalkboard, or use the driveway, you can make colored chalk for hours of fun.     First find a mold for your chalk. Anything from a toilet tissue roll or small paper cup to fancy candy molds will work. Mix together 1 cup of Plaster of Paris with 1 cup of water. Add color to your mixture using powdered tempera paint. Experiment with making swirled colors by adding the paint and stirring very little. Blend well and let stand for a […] Read more »

Kids DIY: Decorate A Flower Pot

If you’re looking for a fun afternoon crafting project with your kids, without it costing you a fortune, decorate a flower pot by picking up a few inexpensive flower pots and using craft supplies that you have lying around your house. One of the nice thing about using a pot as the basis of a craft activity is that it offers a different “canvas” than usual. Unlike the flat expanse of white paper, the shape and size of different types of pots can make for a wide variety of projects, and can remain interesting to kids. In fact, you can […] Read more »

8 Outdoor Games for Kids

Kids love playing outside where there is room to run around with their friends. This list of eight easy outdoor games don’t need much set up and you probably already have most of the items that you need to play. So gather the neighborhood kids and get outside.   Big Foot Relay This game requires two shoeboxes (per child), tape and scissors.  Have your child tape the lids onto the boxes.  Then, cut a one-inch wide and four-inch long slit on both tops. Have the participants slip their feet into the slits and race. Batty Bowling Have your child find […] Read more »

Making a Rock Garden

Making a rock garden is a great way to be creative and have fun with your kids. Start by looking for rocks of all shapes and sizes, watching for flat, smooth stones. You may have to collect them over time so start looking now and keep them on the side until you gather enough. Look for rocks that can be turned into animals, flowers, dragons or fairies. Clean the stones in warm, soapy water and let dry. Use a pencil to sketch out your design on the surface of the rock. It can be an animal, insect, flower or anything […] Read more »

Nature Camp In Your Own Backyard

One of the best ways for kids to learn how particular insects and spiders behave is to observe them up close. The challenge is to replicate the bugs habitat with the appropriate temperature, light, and moisture levels. Try this easy craft and have a nature camp in your own back yard! Cut off the upper third of a 2- liter clear plastic soda bottle. Fill the bottom with a little dirt or sand. Then create a hiding place using some vegetation, a crumpled piece of paper towel, or a paper cup. Next, wrap a piece of nylon stocking or cheesecloth […] Read more »

Grow Your Own Tomatoes

The number one vegetable grown every year is tomatoes. People grow the small grape tomatoes to toss into their salads, Roma tomatoes are known for the robust flavor in sauces, an the big boys like Beefsteak which are best sliced to top a burger or as part of a Capresi salad with balsamic vinegar and mozzarella cheese. So many tomatoes… so little time. It doesn’t matter what part of the country you live in, you can grow your own tomatoes like a pro. >> Save and share this on pinterest >> Save and share this on facebook >> Save and […] Read more »