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8 Books to Inspire a Childhood of Outdoor Nature Play

8 Books to Inspire a Childhood of Outdoor Nature Play

Does the idea of getting outside with your family intimidate you?  What do you DO when you get out there?

I rounded up eight books full of activities, inspiration, and resources for an entire childhood's worth out outdoor nature play no matter the weather or location.  No matter your comfort and skill level, you can inspire and explore nature together as a family! 

The Necessary Foundation for Reading and Writing

The Necessary Foundation for Reading and Writing

We don't often consider the importance of spoken language and the role it plays in learning to read and write. But the truth is, you can't write if you don't have something to say, and you can't read if you don't understand another person's spoken thoughts. Before you even consider things like the sound games, letter practice, or early readers, work on these four key conditions for a strong foundation in spoken language at home.

The sweet spot for teaching life skills

The sweet spot for teaching life skills

It's there, right on the edge of their current abilities that children are able to focus, practice, and eventually master a skill. (The same is true for adults btw). These activities offer just the right amount of challenge and interest for young children, and in turn build independence, grit, and real skills. Here's a few examples by age to get you started.

Design Your Day: 10 minutes to calmer, more cooperative children

Design Your Day: 10 minutes to calmer, more cooperative children

Here's the deal. We all need routine, we crave it. Routines help us feel like we are control, help with decision fatigue, and create a sense of comfort and ritual.

Follow the steps below, and in 10 minutes you'll have a balanced daily routine that works for your family!