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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Seed Bombs. These words are sure to get your child excited enough to put down...
They’re cheap or free. They engage a child’s creativity and encourage peer play and social...
Building a birdhouse (or a bird complex) is an excellent way to teach your child...
Let your child’s teacher know that they can put “smart” screens to good use! National...
Leave Google Maps at home and ask your child to create a natural map of...
A walk under the moon is a great way to spend time together as a...
If your child doesn’t know who Smokey the Bear is, here’s their chance! The US...
Symbolically at least because wildlife, of course, belongs outside, not as pets. National Wildlife Federation’s...
Your backyard can become a haven for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. And turning your...
Teach your kids to stop and observe wildlife and photography skills by taking part in...

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