Posts Tagged With: outsideplay

Beach Day

Today was hot, so we decided to head to the beach! We didn’t want to road trip too far so we decided on Port Dover which is just south of Hamilton, Ontario. It turned out to be a great day! We came armed with a ton of sand toys & trucks galore, plus a mini cooler full of snacks & drinks. The kids had a great time.

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They actually got in the water (which was freezing!!). Why is it that kids never feel the cold water?

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It was a great kick off to the summer.
On the way out of Port Dover we had to stop at this great playground we happened to see on the way in. It’s the Kinsman park & the kids loved it. The play structure was amazing & had a lot of things you don’t normally see in playgrounds (like a drum set. Not kidding!). I highly recommend stopping there if you’re ever in the area.

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It was a successful day in the sun & we’ll be planning many more beach days this summer. We’ll be trying out different beaches in the area and would love any recommendations for Southern Ontario!

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On The Trail

Just a few pictures of a hike we took along the Bruce Trail. C did so awesome considering it was a 1.5km trail – I didn’t realize it was that long! I only had to piggy back him twice and only for a short time (thank god because he’s getting heavy!).


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Anyway, notice the strap across his chest? It’s his ‘adventure bag’. In it is a magnifying glass, a flashlight, binoculars and a book on backyard wildlife which he calls his ‘animal rescue book’. If anyone knows the show Diego you’ll understand.

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This is only our second time hiking here, we attempted to hike it in the winter but there are very steep hills and it was just too slippery for a little guy so we didn’t go very far. 

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Like I said, it was a little longer than I thought, so we needed to take a break and have a snack and check out some birds.

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This trail is part of the Bruce Trail, it’s called Kerncliff and it runs through an abandoned quary. Check it out if you get the chance, it’s beautiful and a great workout, if you don’t have a pokey pre-schooler with you.

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Screen-Free idea: Plant Some Seeds!

Screen Free Week comes at such a perfect time doesn’t it? it’s finally nice out and I have a ton of stuff to do outside…it might be work, a lot of yard work, but it’s still outside! Finally! Today is the only day this week where the forecast is rain, so we took advantage and planted all our seeds for the vegetable garden. 

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C is a very serious gardener…not really, he just wasn’t interested. I don’t know why I insisted he help me out when he is, clearly, bored, but I did, and I paid for it.

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It’s a little hard to see in this picture, it happened just as I was snapping it. But if you look closely, you can see how he decided that one pot needed the entire container of water…the whole thing overflowed and washed away a lot of the soil and most likely the seeds. I’ll give it a week or so and if I don’t see something sprouting, I’ll have to drop in a few more seeds. Oh well, I think he is a little curious about the whole process though, because he did come back a few hours later to inspect and see if anything had started growing.

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So our screen free week started with a mess, but it did keep him from the screen. For the rest of the week I have a few hikes planned, a play date at the park and more yard work. But being outside during the day is normal for us, the hardest time for me to keep him from watching tv is first thing in the mornings, he loves to eat his toast and watch his shows, and I’m busy running around getting showered & dressed & breakfast made so I just let him, it keeps him quiet while I do all that. Do you have a time of day where you actually need your kids to stay in one spot quietly entertained while you get stuff done? Is it in front of the tv like us? If not, please let me know what you do, I’d love to get rid of that morning/breakfast/tv routine and still keep him independently entertained.

Happy Screen Free Week! Hope you’re all enjoying the great outdoors!

 

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Who Lives in that Hole?

Today was an awesome day on the trail.
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We met up with my mom and my nephew and we started the hike talking about animal tracks.
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They immediately started counting the toes of this track to try and figure out what animal had left it. It was just a dog track, but the boys weren’t happy with that, they decided it was a coyote, which if you didn’t know, is way more exciting.

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They were so interested in where animals lived, they investigated every log, hole and potential nest they could find and had large discussions about what might live there. I couldn’t have been prouder.

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It was great to see them so interested, normally they are racing each other or hiding on each other, but today it was all about wildlife and they got down and dirty about it, they wanted to know everything.

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We were so lucky to find so many animal homes. If we didn’t have an answer for them about who lived there, they made up a story about it. It was adorable.

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This teeny tiny ‘cave’ kept them occupied for a while. They think a bear lives in there.
I had surgery last week and with all this wet weather we’ve been having, we’ve been a little house bound. It was so great to finally get back out there and explore. We didn’t go far. There’s a park not far from our house where I like to go if we want a mini hike, it’s a small loop that doesn’t require a lot of time or effort. Plus at the far end of the property is a playground, which is awesome when the kids start getting tired. I remind them about the playground at the end, it always puts a little fire under their butts to get moving. They are pre-schoolers after all, promises of playground fun is almost always a good motivator. Anyone have any tips for motivating slow poke pre-schoolers when they start to get tired on the trail? Leave your tips in the comments below, I have the poke-y-ist of all kids, so I’d love some advice!

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Rainy day worm hunt

So. Much. Rain. I know, I know, it’s April, it’s to be expected, and I welcome the rain, just throw in a day or two of sunshine once in a while to get us through, ok Mother Nature?
Since it is Spring (albeit a cold Spring), we decided to go on a hunt for worms. I thought C would be all over that, they are bugs and all, but no, if there are puddles to be jumped in, they are calling C’s name. We inspected the worms on the driveway, as you can see he wasn’t super excited to touch one…

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Guess he may not turn out to be the bug lover I thought he’d be. Next we headed down the road to see what other worms we could find, but instead…

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…PUDDLES!

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and more puddles…

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…and just in case you didn’t know, puddles aren’t just for jumping, they’re also for running through at high speed. Hope you’re enjoying the rainy season! What kinds of things do you do to get outside in the rain?

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