12 Nature Books To Get The Kids Exploring The Great Outdoors

We picked up a few field guides at the bookstore on a whim last week to keep handy for our trips to the beach, on hikes and other outings this summer. I'm a sucker for a good nature book (especially the ones that are both visually stunning to flip through and chock full of information), so I thought I'd share a dozen favorites finds with you. 1. A Visual Compendium of Wonders from Nature by AJ Wood & Mike Jolley 2. This Phenomenal Life: The Amazing Ways We Are Connected with our Universe by Misha Blaise 3. How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature by Scott D Sampson 4. The Little Hands Nature Book by Nancy Fusco Castaldo 5. Nature Journal by Alice M Cantre

6 Old-School Yard Games That Need To Come Back

Last summer, I taught my two daughters how to play Red Light, Green Light. It was hilarious and they loved every minute of it. It also got me thinking about the old school games that I played as a kid and yes, a year later, I'm still stuck on them. So, are these still popular? Have you taught your kids any of them? And how mean is Mother, May I? 1. Red Light, Green Light One kid stands on one side of the yard, and everyone else stands on the other. The "It" person calls "Green light" and everyone runs toward him/her, until he/she says "Red light!" and they have to stop. It continues until the first kid reaches whoever is it. 2. Red Rover Two groups stand on opposite sides of the yard in line

What's On This Weekend: May 17-19

From the circus, a tea party, field day games and butterflies, it is shaping up to be a magical weekend here in Southwest Michigan. Read on to find all the details on what's happening! FRIDAY Borrow a backpack, grab a list of questions and hit the trails of Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery for a family scavenger hunt SATURDAY Bring the family out to Waypost in Fennville for morning yoga, capture the flag, yard games, a kids' obstacle course, bonfire, live music and other Field Day fun See talented aerialists soar through the air, clowns, balloon animals and face paint during a circus experience in Paw Paw Savor sweets and tea at the South Haven Center for the Arts during this annual family trad

What's On This Weekend: May 10-12

This weekend is all about the incredible moms out there, but that doesn't mean the whole family can't get in on the fun. From bookstores to breweries, the activities slated for this weekend are good for the whole family. There's even a parade and fireworks display on Saturday if you want to feel extra special. Have a beautiful weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all the moms and mother figures out there. FRIDAY Learn about the lives of early settlers, how to dip candles, churn butter, make rope and more at the Michigan Flywheelers Museum in South Haven during Farm History Day Celebrate 150 years of beautiful beachside South Haven at Stanley Johnston Park with music, food and family-friendly ac

5 Easy Ways to Nail Teacher Appreciation Week

Yes, the cutesy crafts are super adorable and teachers very well may delight in wonderful yet time-consuming creations, but really you can't go wrong by sticking with simplicity here. And it's much less stressful. Read the list below and pick whatever speaks to you, make it pretty with paper or a bag, and promptly pass it off to your kid to hand over with a big smile and a thanks. Because this celebration is not about finding the most spectacularly creative, punny gift idea or spending hours tracking down supplies and making said gift -- it's about showing that you recognize the magnanimity of their contribution to your child's life. And nothing says thank you like donuts. 1. Donuts Bring i

What's On This Weekend: May 3-5

Beautiful, sun-shiney weather is here at long last, and we plan to spend every waking minute outside soaking it up by the bucketful. Luckily, there are so many fabulous outdoor activities going on to keep us busy -- failing that, tinkering in the backyard garden or taking a bike ride around the neighborhood fill in splendidly :) Check out all the family fun right here and enjoy this gorgeous weekend! FRIDAY Make a fairy gardens and try out garden yoga poses during a special mom-daughter session at Renew Mama Studio in Grand Rapids Nab a seat to see Jack Hanna bring his exhilarating "Into the Wild" show of wild animals to GR Venture down the rabbit hole for the triumphant return of the dizzyi

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