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Water Swing

Water Swing

Time

  • 10 to 20 minutes

Materials

  • Lawn sprinkler
  • Toddler seat swing

Directions

Turn on an oscillating sprinkler that has been up near a swing so the drops fall on the baby as he swings back and forth. This activity should bring squeals of interest and delight.

Extensions

  • Hold your baby and run in and out of the sprinkler.
  • Go through the sprinkler with an umbrella.

The Active Life of a Four-Year-Old

The Active Life of a Four-Year-Old

Childproofing

Don't start your four-year-old out on roller blades—yet. Buy your child a pair "starter skates." Most have three settings: locked (the wheels won't turn at all), forward (the wheels will only roll forward), and full (the wheels roll at will). Start with the easiest setting and only switch to the next level after your child has mastered and become comfortable with the previous one.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Follow the Foliage Trail

Follow the Foliage Trail

This autumn, when leaf-peeping begins to peak across the country, why not involve your family in a classic outdoor activity -- get a front seat on the action! Hike a nature trail, bike through a national forest, canoe by colorful scenery -- even soar in a hot air balloon! Here are some of the best places in America to catch the changing leaves. For up-to-date foliage reports, additional locations, and travel routes, call the National Forest Service at (800)354-4595 or Tauck Tours' Fall Foliage Hot Line at (800)214-8209, or AMTRAK at (800)USA-RAIL.

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Updated: March 31, 2021

75 Activities for Kids at Home

75 Activities to do at Home_Featured

Without packed schedules, school, sports, friends and clubs, filling our days with our kids at home can feel daunting. Read the list below so that you’ll be confident and prepared with these indoor activities for the next time you hear, “I’m bored!” These indoor activities are perfect for playtime, during a break from distance learning, or even on the weekends.

Updated: June 28, 2021

A Summer Activities Bucket List for Kids & Families

kids summer bucket list activities

It’s finally summer! Your kids have anxiously been awaiting a season of fun, and there are a string of long, empty days ahead just waiting to be filled. If you need a little inspiration, here’s a list of activities to keep your whole family busy and entertained no matter what kind of day you are looking to have.

More: Summer Crafts Kids Can Make

Updated: May 15, 2019

Reduce Your Amount of Trash

Reduce Your Amount of Trash

The Three Rs

Did you know there are three Rs in Green?
Reduce, reuse, recycle.

Everyone likes the convenience of modern life, but we pay in dollars now and garbage tomorrow for a lot of that convenience. So far it's up to each family to decide for itself where to draw the line. When your family wants to start being green, there's help available.

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by: Marc Broussard

The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Camping This Summer

Backyard camping guide for summer 2020 staycation

As the country slowly reopens, parents are trying to figure out the annual summer vacation. With social distancing still imperative, backyard camping makes for an ideal family staycation.

While you might not be able to camp in the forest, or make new friends over a nightly campfire, you will avoid noisy campsite neighbors, enjoy an extremely inexpensive “getaway” and have access to indoor plumbing. The trade off might not be so bad after all.

Brooms, Brooms, Brooms

Brooms, Brooms, Brooms

Time

  • 10 to 20 minutes

Materials

  • Various kinds and sizes of brooms
  • A dustpan

Directions

  1. This is a clean-up activity that is both practical and interesting. Gather as many kinds of brooms as you can find, such as push brooms, kitchen brooms, whisk brooms, etc.
  2. Let your child choose an indoor or outdoor area to experiment together with the various cleaning tools, sharing your results and observations.

Extensions

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Fun with Flowers

Fun with Flowers

Time

  • 10 to 15 minutes

Materials

  • Flower from a garden

Directions

Go outdoors with your toddler and select a single beautiful flower to take together to a friend or family member as a happy surprise.

Extensions

  • Pick a flower and give it to your toddler. Put it in the bathroom or bedroom in a vase where it can be seen and enjoyed.
  • Put flowers in your hair or attach them to your clothes with a piece of masking tape.

Updated: May 15, 2019

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Go Play Outside!

Start When They're Young

Go Play Outside!

Kids of all ages can learn a lot about their connection to the natural world. By exploring what's around them, kids begin to develop investigative skills which will help them later when they have to grasp many different science and math concepts.

Younger Kids Outside

With younger children, I've always found it's better to plan many activities that take short amounts of time, rather than say, a long hike on a cold day.

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Updated: October 21, 2020

8 Alternatives to Trick or Treating During the COVID-19 Pandemic

8 Trick or Treat Alternatives for 2020

October has arrived, and families have one of the most exciting holidays for kids to look forward to at the end of this month, Halloween! Yes, we are still in the midst of a global pandemic, but that also means that families are in need of some normalcy and SAFE fun more than ever.

More: 14 COVID Masks that Can Be Worn as a Halloween Costume for Kids

Updated: February 12, 2020

10 First Day of School Photos That are Parenting Goals

First day of school photos

The first day of school is a momentous occasion for any family. While many parents are happy if they can just get a decent picture, other parents want to commemorate this day each year more creatively. 

Instagram is notoriously famous for having a treasure trove of ideas for any photographic ambition, and this is not lost on the first day of school pictures. Here are ten clever first day of school photo ideas that can help you reach your #parentinggoals.

Updated: May 15, 2019

Ice Candles

Ice Candles

Age: Preschool and up
Time: About 20 minutes
Type of Activity: Back yard fun

Materials needed:

  • Small plastic tub or bucket (a summer beach pail is the ideal size).
  • Tin can or small plastic cup.
A few strategically placed ice candles can turn your backyard into a winter's evening wonderland. Ice candles are easy to make, and best of all, cost next to nothing.

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Updated: July 11, 2019
Updated: May 15, 2019

Create a Sunny Day Rule

Create a Sunny Day Rule

It's the Monday after the Fourth of July. I'm up early. Birds aresinging. The dawn sun is blazing. It's going to be a sunny, summer day.A summer day in the truest sense, because my three boys are home from school.No buses to catch, no daypacks filled with books. They can sleep untilthey wake up.

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by: Ford Seeman

5 Ways to Get Kids to Care About the Environment

5 ways to get kids to appreciate environmental awareness

For many years we’ve been on the losing end of climate change. An unexpected byproduct of the COVID-19 pandemic meant that as we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020, our planet has seen some improvements it hasn’t seen in decades. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee the gains made will continue as stay-at-home orders around the world are eased.

More: 10 Eco-Friendly Earth Day Crafts for Kids

Updated: May 15, 2019

EarthSavers: Air

EarthSavers: Air

Clean air -- you can't see, smell, or taste it, but you sure can't live without it! Cars, factories, and electricity make our lives easier, but they also produce gasses and chemicals that pollute the air. Polluted air is bad for people to breathe, and it can harm animals, trees, and plants. And it doesn't just blow away -- the pollution can return to earth as acid rain.

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