52 Activities to Help Your Kids Discover The Wonders of Nature: Book GIVEAWAY

February 13, 2013

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Book GIVEAWAY: i love dirt!  52 activities to help you & your kids discover the wonders of nature  by Jennifer Ward

The Butterfly Garden: FREE printable book

Why we love this book:

My family is blessed! We don’t live in the woods or on a farm. We live smack dab in the middle of our growing small town. Yet, we are blessed with a big back yard full of adventure. My kiddos spend time outside each and every day! Yes, every day! They wrestle in the grass with the dogs, catch creepy critters, dig in the dirt . . . they are ingenious and creative . . . they boss, fight, negotiate and cooperate . . . heck, they get to be kids! Mommy stays out of their hair and they get to be the King of the great outdoors.

i love dirt! is a book for parents and teachers who want to bestow children the joy of discovering the wonders of nature. From wide open spaces to a small back porch, Jennifer Ward shares open-ended activities that allow children to explore nature. I absolutely adore the first activity that teaches children how to simply lay in the grass, relax and observe nature. Lovely! The outdoor investigation grow from there.

It’s time we reclaim nature for our children. Off with the television . . . Off with the computer . . . Off with the wii . . .

 Family Camp Food Night

Roasted Marshmallows and Hotdogs!

Family Night

Lazy Sunday night,  nothing to do . . .

We own a cheap little fire pit. It ain’t fancy or pretty but the kids loooove it and often beg their Daddy to make “fire.”

I’m sorry, I know the weather is still frightful where some of you live. But yes, shorts in January. That’s what winter looks like in South Texas. Try not to hate us! July and August will be unbearable. But then again we have the river so it won’t be so bad.

Family Night

Hmmm, Fire Good . . .

Family Night

Marshmallow on fire, even better!

Family Night

Ooey, gooey, sweet goodness!

For my own sanity, I’ve never read the ingredients of a marshmallow. Please don’t enlighten me, I’ve heard rumors. Once or twice a year can’t kill you, can it? Shhh, don’t get into the hotdogs. We get them from a local butcher and they are homemade, ALL beef. That at least makes me feel better!

Family Night

Sticks on fire . . . things are about to get interesting . . .

Family Night

MacGyver is quick to figure out that cool fire designs are in the cards . . .

I’m being transported back to my childhood camping days. Fire Fun!

Family Night

Miss Enigma gets in on the fire design action . . .

Family Night

Daddy can’t resisit joining the fun . . .

Family Night

Groovy man! Awesome!

Family Night

I see a heart in that swirling fire mess.

I heart my lazy family fire night! Who needs television?


See those chipmunk cheeks, that’s me! Each year our parents took us on an adventure camping our way across the good old USA.

Our father lived and planned all year for this week of camping in the great outdoors. He took us on travels from white sands deserts to snow topped mountains. I thank my parents for giving us the opportunity to discover the wonders of nature.

We learned that the world is much bigger than us . . . a world full of ups and downs and adventure. Second, and even more important, we bonded as a family, knowing that no matter how big the world is we would always move through life tackling it together.

Our Family Camp Food Night is just one little piece of the puzzle for my little family.

Life with Jeannine

i love dirt! Book GIVEAWAY

We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of  i love dirt! by Jennifer Ward

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

What is your favorite outdoor activity with your children?  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, February 21, 2013

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, February 22, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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Ellie February 13, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Wow, cool book!
It depends on the season, but right now with snow, we love making snow sculptures snow angels. Every season is wonderful for taking a walk in the woods. The winter is a particularly magical time because of all the tracks we can see in the snow.

Jeannine February 13, 2013 at 2:58 pm

We have very little experience with snow. It rarely snows here in South Texas. When it does, it’s here one day and usually melts away by the afternoon. Enjoy your magical snow!

Jean B February 13, 2013 at 3:51 pm

My family enjoys letterboxing. It gets us out the door and into a variety of beautiful outdoor locations that we might otherwise miss. Letterboxing in CT is a very popular activities…and often the boxes have historical or geographical themes so we are learning as we explore the great outdoors!

Stephanie February 13, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Just letting them explore and play, preferably with water involved :)

Robin February 13, 2013 at 8:36 pm

Planting a rainbow garden…

Tara H February 14, 2013 at 8:42 am

We live in GA so when it does snow (rarely) the boys love it! Of course it’s more like ice and mud mix but they don’t know the difference! :)
We love going on walks, searching for frogs, finding cool sticks (I love the things that fascinate boys!), and playing in the water!

Tiffany February 14, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Is that Alyssa in the tent behind you? ;) We like to explore the gardens and woods around our house in spring. In fall we like to collect the different leaves that fall and admire their colors. In winter it is all about the snow and then hot chocolate when we get in.

Jamie February 15, 2013 at 10:13 pm

We recently enjoyed an exhibit on ecosystems at the California Science Center. Although it didn’t actually take us into the great outdoors, we experienced some things that would be hard to experience “for real” (like a flash flood) and had fun learning about some different environments. We hope to get out to one of our nearby parks soon for a walk, but our favorite everyday outdoor activity is playing on the slide at the playground. Wheee!

Angela February 16, 2013 at 6:08 pm

We are members of the local Botanical Garden and my favorite thing to do outdoors with my kids is to explore this beautiful place.

Bernice Mattila Garcia February 16, 2013 at 7:32 pm

My boys are grown , but we liked taking walks and discovering things along the way.. frogs leaping, ducks, or a hidden box inside a tree trunk (geocache).

Jeannine February 17, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Angela, we have a beautiful botanical garden in the area as well. The children love exploring! We also visit many of the plant nurseries in our area. The children investigate and get to experience many different plants and creepy critters.

Jeannine February 17, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Jamie, summer of 2011 we had the opportunity to visit San Diego as a family. So many gorgeous, natural places to visit. We had such a fabulous time exploring! The children still talk about the tide pools. And almost everything we did was FREE. Gotta love that!

Courtney February 21, 2013 at 3:31 pm

We love taking bike rides. Ecspecially on cool evenings.

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