A Major Milestone for a Couple of Outdoor Kids (And Their Mamma!)

A Major Milestone for Outdoor Kids (And Their Mamma!) Rain or Shine Mamma!)

It finally happened. The moment I've been waiting for ever since I became a mom a little over six years ago. A major milestone. Big parenting victory. So, did the Big Naturalist bring home a report card with straight As? Nope. (Well, she did, but … [Click to read the full article]

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5 Steps to Rocking Outdoor Portraits of Your Kids

5 Steps to Rocking Outdoor Portraits of Your Kids. Rain or Shine Mamma

When I'm not working on this blog, I work as a writer and photographer, and today I'm sharing some of my "secrets" for taking better outdoor portraits of children. Fall is a wonderful time for outdoor photography. However, these handy tips can be … [Click to read the full article]

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DIY Forest School III: Sorting, Comparing and Categorizing

DIY Forest School: Sorting, Comparing and Categorizing. Rain or Shine Mamma

This is the third post in a new series about forest school pedagogy and learning outside from Rain or Shine Mamma. Previous posts include Counting to 10 with Nature, as well as Exploring Small Worlds. This week we’re heading out to collect items in … [Click to read the full article]

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A Classroom with No Walls: The Power of Outdoor Learning

Classroom With No Walls: The Power of Outdoor Learning. Rain or Shine Mamma

This week I'm excited to share that I've been asked to become a regular contributor to Nature Rocks, a program founded by The Nature Conservancy to get more kids outside. My second post for Nature Rocks explores forest schools and outdoor learning. … [Click to read the full article]

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DIY Forest School II: Small World Exploration

DIY Forest School II: Small World Exploration. Rain or Shine Mamma

This is the second post in a new series about forest school pedagogy and learning outside from Rain or Shine Mamma. Last week we focused on math and counted to 10 with nature in a fun, interactive way. This week we're heading out with a few simple … [Click to read the full article]

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DIY Forest School I: Count to 10 with Nature

DIY Forest School I: Count to 10 with Nature. Rain or Shine Mamma

In forest schools - commonplace in Scandinavia, Germany, the UK and other European countries - learning is play-based, child-led, and takes place outdoors, without the confines of four walls.  The outdoor pedagogy of these nature preschools and … [Click to read the full article]

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Simple Summertime Adventures: Berry Kebabs

Sweet Summertime Adventures: Berries on a Straw. Rain or Shine Mamma

I was born and raised in Sweden, and every year the girls and I go back there to visit family and old friends. This year was no exception and we've spent the past few weeks immersing ourselves in Scandinavia's amazing outdoor culture, also known as … [Click to read the full article]

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Rainy Day Fun: Painting With Mud!

Rainy Day Fun: Painting with Mud! Rain or Shine Mamma.

I live by the old Scandinavian saying "There's no bad weather, only bad clothes," which means that I'm also a big fan of my kids playing outside every day regardless of weather (within reason, of course - we don't go out during severe storms or … [Click to read the full article]

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How My Grandparents Got Me Hooked on Nature (And Why It Worked)

One of the reasons why I feel so passionately about children spending time in nature is that it makes them more likely to protect the environment as adults. Many of our first, most cherished childhood memories originate from direct experiences in … [Click to read the full article]

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Build a Den! And Other Fun Things to Do with Sticks

Build a Den! And Other Fun Things to Do with Sticks. Rain or Shine Mamma

When it comes to nature play, sticks are some of my favorite toys - not the least because they're free and extremely versatile. What may just look like a typical stick to an adult can immediately be transformed to a sword, fairy wand or ladle in the … [Click to read the full article]

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