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Healthy Summer Sundaes

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As sunny days grow in number, so do our kids’ appetites for sweet, cool treats... skip the costly packaged treats altogether in favour of getting your kids in action in the kitchen to make their very own sundae station. You’ll know it’s a healthy option, but I promise they won’t be rolling their eyes when they dig into these refreshingly delicious homemade sundaes. Read the full article over at EcoParent Magazine! Feel free to share your favourite sundae toppings in the comments below : )  

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neighbourhood nature walk

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It can be intimidating to think of incorporating nature walks into our daily and weekly rhythms. The thought of packing up supplies, finding an inspiring natural space to walk, and keeping kids engaged on that walk can be overwhelming. Read on to see just how simple and fun a short neighborhood nature walk can be! Read the full article at EcoParent Magazine now.

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Empowering kids for health

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As a family of life-learners, we have shied away from traditional curriculum in favour of following our passions. Sometimes that means following the kids' interests, and sometimes it means following ours, the parents. One of my passions has always been gardening and food – growing things, enjoying them, learning about them. So when I found Herb Fairies, I knew this would be one program we'd incorporate into our learning on a regular basis. It has opened up a whole world of herbal learning for the kids and I, to the point that they run outside to grab chickweed when someone gets a scratch, and request...

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The Dirt on Mud Kitchens

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Mud. A magical...err, messy part of childhood. Kids have a way of finding it, squishing it, smearing it, tracking it. And if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right? I love the feeling of cool mud underfoot in the heat of summer and the look of joy on our children's faces when they are free to dig in and explore! One way we've worked with, rather than against, a child's love for mud is to create a mud kitchen in our backyard. Get the full mud kitchen article and tutorial over at EcoParent Magazine online.  

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DIY Playhouse Project // Prep

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There's been a lot of talk around here lately about shelters – earthships, tipis, adobe, tiny homes and even beaver dams. We've offered to support each of the kids through the building of their very own tiny home, as a learning project and so that they will start off their adult life with a place to call their own. The eldest, who turns 16 in a couple of weeks, is passing on this opportunity for now, so the first kid to direct their own build will be the 12 year old chica. As a warm-up while we research more about trailers and find a place to build, we are working on a DIY playhouse. The kids...

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tea, pie, teeth & spring!

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Is it obvious I'm not in the mood for writing great titles today? A quick photo post... // healing tea for nausea - lavender, elderflower, passionflower blend // sparkle stories inspired apple turnovers, pie, and an attempt at a rustic sort of pie with the leftover dough // a little guy with two missing font teeth – the first to arrive and the first to go (bite photv from about 5 years ago!) // big bro solitaire lesson // hooray for spring – loads of time in our backyard nature school – and muddy fingernails all around!  

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Life and learning lately…

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Lately we've been keeping busy with learning adventures and life in general - and generally the two are one and the same... A trip to the museum focused on their love for animals and interest in shelters. We did a little animal scavenger hunt through the museum and were able to find examples of a log cabin, tipi, mud house, and wood framed house on our journey.   A little cafeteria action from our little one who brought out snacks and drinks and served them to hungry customers. Homemade pineapple gelatin gummies didn't last long. These were the best consistency we've...

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Celebrating Easter Mindfully

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Check out these articles for info on celebrating this fresh, life-giving season in an eco-conscious way: Natural Easter Basket Stuffers             Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs              Healthy Easter Paska                  

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A Garden of Learning: Will Your Seeds Sprout?

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Gardening with kids comes with many benefits – connecting with the land and their food, connecting with each other in a fun way, academic learning, and the end result – eating the food they have planted, cared for and harvested. If you’re jumping into this A Garden of Learning series now, head back to the first post for tips on planning the coming season’s garden with your children. This is a great time of year to grab any seeds you have on hand and check to see how viable they are. Head over to EcoParent Magazine none to get the full how-to article!

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A Garden of Learning: Planning the Garden with Kids

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If you’ve ever thought farming is a summer-only job, think again – our farmer friends are cozied up indoors during these months carrying out the important task of planning for the season ahead. You don’t have to let them have all of the fun; next time there’s a cold day keeping you indoors, gather your gaggle of kiddos and get started on your own garden plan! Gardening offers myriad learning opportunities in the areas of science, social studies, math, and art. If you’re homeschooling, you may like to connect this activity to your provincial curriculum. Head over to EcoParent Magazine...

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