Earth Day – an easy outdoor activity to do with your kids

I’ve seen lots of cute Earth Day crafts and activities online. And I keep meaning to scan through all those things I pinned on Pinterest, and plan something. But somehow I haven’t, and now it’s Friday, and we have plans all day Saturday, and then it will be Earth Day on Sunday. Oops! While lots…

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5 tips to get kids involved in the garden

I’m a rubbish gardener.  I enjoy it, but I’m not great at knowing where things should go or growing vegetables. The idea of planting with the kids slightly terrifies me. I do like pottering around in the garden, though, getting yard work done. Things like weeding, or working on bigger projects.  We are making a lot…

The Less-Stress Staycation

For Red’s first real spring break, I started making plans to take them on a vacation. The main reason I chose to work part-time for myself, from home, was so I could have flexibility and be with the boys if they are ill or off school. I was wary of going away, however, because they…

How to Help Kids Enjoy Skiing In Bad Weather

It was a great day for skiing. It had snowed off and on for a couple of weeks. This is the worst season since the 70s, the year after the best season on record, and suddenly there was lots of much-needed snow at our home mountain. Finally, almost every run was open. But it was…

Snap It Outdoors: Weaving

Last weekend we went to Kidfort Fest, which is part of the Treefort Festival held in Boise every spring. There were so many great activities for the boys to get involved in, including dancing, singing, building cardboard forts and creating bottle rockets. As we arrived, we found this amazing creation, with a huge box of…

Tips to help Anxious Kids Reframe Their Day: Seeing the Green

Red can be an anxious kid. I’ve written about this before, in this post. He has an amazing imagination, but that leads to him to consider all kinds of scenarios, and his brain often takes him to the worst possibilities. If something disappointing happens at school or at the end of the day, he will…

Keep your Car Prepped for Adventure: Spring Edition

I’m an organizer at heart, and I like to be prepared. My husband jokes that we could pay a utility bill if we collected all the five and ten dollar bills I have in jacket and bag pockets for emergencies. Being prepared is no joke, however, especially if you want to be ready to say…

Snap It Outdoors: Black Diamond

Red has done a few black diamonds over this season and last, but they have usually been pretty hairy, and involved tears by at least one of us. Last weekend we headed up to our home mountain, Bogus Basin, and the snow was great. It’s been a bad season, and we were delighted to finally…

Snap It Outdoors: Very Indoors

I’ve written before about Red’s prematurity. He’s now 6 1/2, right on the 50th percentile for height and weight, and a lot of people don’t know about his birth story. He knows.  He knows some, but we don’t talk about it much, other than to tell him the facts; he was born earlier than he was…

Spring Forward: 5 Tips to Help Kids with Daylight Savings Time

One of the very first blog posts I wrote when I set up Outdoors Mama was about Daylight Savings Time ending; it’s got lots of great hints if you want to check it out here. Fast forward five months, and about 40 posts, and I’m ready to write the next version! So what’s different about…