Recycling for Kids – A Fun and Simple Earth Day Activity

Recycling for Kids: A Fun and Simple Earth Day Activity

In my opinion, every day should be Earth Day - a day when we celebrate nature and try our best to minimize our environmental footprint. But since I don't get to call the shots and our planet only gets one "official" holiday, we might as well make the … [Click to read the full article]

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5 Fantastic Butterfly Activities for Kids + a Giveaway!

5 Fantastic Butterfly Activities for Kids + a Giveaway. Rain or Shine Mamma

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the classic children's picture book The Hungry Little Caterpillar and to celebrate this  and the official start of spring, I've put together five great butterfly activities for you to enjoy with the kiddos. I'm … [Click to read the full article]

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Spring Nature Study: Life and Death in the Forest

Spring Nature Study: Life and Death in the Forest. Rain or Shine Mamma

Spring is finally here and what better way to experience the changes that are taking place outside right now than by taking the kids for a nature study in the woods? I follow the philosophy and tradition of the Scandinavian forest schools when … [Click to read the full article]

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But Mommy, I DON’T WANT TO GO OUTSIDE!

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If you're reading this blog, you're probably already aware of the many wonderful ways children can benefit from playing and staying active outdoors - physical activity, improved motor skills, vitamin D and increased ability to focus, just to mention … [Click to read the full article]

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7 Fabulous Kid-Friendly Outdoor Urban Adventures by Jennifer Fontaine

7 Fabulous Kid-Friendly Outdoor Urban Adventures. Rain or Shine Mamma

When it comes to getting kids outdoors in the rural Midwest, I'm rarely short on ideas or know-how. But how do you explore nature with children if you live in a big city? Since I haven't lived in a metropolitan area after having children, I asked Los … [Click to read the full article]

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Creating a Nature Table: Nuts and Seeds

Our First Nature Table: Nuts and Seeds. Rain or Shine Mamma

Nature tables are staples of many Montessori and Waldorf classrooms, and provide an opportunity for children to connect with nature, the seasons and the world around them. I just recently became familiar with the concept myself, and I'm excited to be … [Click to read the full article]

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Rockin’ Homemade Valentines for Kids

Make a Rockin' Valentine - Rain or Shine Mamma

These homemade valentines are unique and easy to make - plus they bring a little bit of authenticity and nature into an otherwise pretty commercialized holiday. Besides the rocks, which I found at a local shop, I had all the materials on hand. If you … [Click to read the full article]

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5 Olympics-Inspired Backyard Games

5 Olympics-Inspired Backyard Games for Winter - Rain or Shine Mamma

You don't need to be an avid Olympics enthusiast to have a great time with these simple winter backyard games. Aside from being fun, a backyard Olympic Games session will give your kids a good workout and a chance to practice gross motor skills, … [Click to read the full article]

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What Does the Fox Say? Lessons from a Nature Center

What Does the Fox Say? Lessons from a Nature Center. www.rainorshinemamma.com

In all honesty, I've never really considered nature centers a place where children can connect with nature. Great places for kids to learn about nature, for sure. But connect? Not so much. Bonding with nature is something I have always associated … [Click to read the full article]

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Valentine’s Day Heart from Natural Materials

Create a Valentine's Day Heart from natural materials

As I think I've stated once or twice here on the blog before, crafts are not my forte, but since I now have two little ones I try to put on my creative hat every once in a while. When I do, I usually try to incorporate natural, existing or recycled … [Click to read the full article]

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