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Real-World Outdoor Treasure Hunt

By Cathy Chesher / “I found it!” I yell to my husband who is pawing through a nearby bush. I reach into the hollow log, mentally crossing my fingers that there are no spiders, or worse, inside. I pull out the Tupperware-like container; open it; take note of the trinkets inside; sign the log, then…

Skip the Coffee and Take a Walk Outdoors

Feeling tired and unfocused, or maybe a bit stressed out? Assuming you have any allergies under control*, try taking a walk outdoors–both you and your child will benefit! More and more research is showing that spending time outdoors in a green space, park or the woods can provide some surprisingly positive results to your mood…

Kids’ Swing Sets

As spring rolls around, the kids are anxious to get outside and play.  Two of their favorite attractions are swing sets and sand boxes.  As our girls grew up, we had a variety of store-bought metal swing sets and Dad’s special homemade wood sets.  The latter was so heavy duty that it was almost a…

Fun Ways to Beat the Heat

Welcome to new blogger Danielle Stepp, Program Director and Lead Teacher at Sprouts Learning Center in Tecumseh. Every child enjoys playing in the water on a hot day and this summer we have seen plenty.  With more sunny days coming we wanted to share some of the fun ideas we use with our students to…