Childhood should involve countless hours chasing fireflies, making mud pies, and building forts. These are the essential elements of the childhood experience—not devices and crammed schedules.

We’ve screened every suggested activity with a “real life” filter taking into account busy schedules, competing screen time, the gargantuan effort it can sometimes take to get kids outside.

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The suspense. The thrill. The discoveries. What kid doesn’t LOVE a scavenger hunt. Setting your...
It’s small. It’s simple. And it’s likely to become a favorite spot for nature observation...
Adopting the perspective of a wild animal can help children experience the outdoors in a...
Nature’s aquariums—tide pools are places of wonder and discovery. Your child will be fascinated by...
For those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is soon ending, school...
  Stargazing with kids is a fun way to enjoy the night sky and nurture...
Tree climbing is dead. What was once a staple of childhood is now disappearing. We...
The verdict is in. Mud and dirt are good for kids. The germs are needed...
The outdoors naturally challenges a child senses with its many sounds, smells, textures, temperatures and...
If your child insists on grabbing for your smartphone, put it to your advantage and...

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