Outdoor Fun and Games
Nature: Your Inspiration and Healer
Do you feel sad and lonely sometimes? Did you lose the spark in your eyes? It happens to the best of us. What you need is some nature therapy.
Get away, go camping for the weekend. Reconnect with yourself and your inner child. Stop the racing thoughts in your mind. Relax and breathe deeply. Let nature inspire you and calm you down. Remember, as an adult you need some freedom. Freedom from everyday routine, work and chores.
Perhaps rekindle your art interests that were long forgotten. While in the great outdoors you can feel it again in your soul. Is it music, is it painting or photography? Make a mental note. Notice the sounds, notice the pictures. What did you like doing when you were a kid?
Let your kids run wild for a few minutes. It is not the end of the world, they need some freedom, too. The best yet, go running with them. Play tag, go swimming, go hiking. There is nobody watching you...and if they are, it is OK. Let your hair down for a day or two. Your kids will appreciate it, too. Perhaps they also forgot the playful side of you.
Some call it escape from reality, I call it going back to your roots. What is important in your life, what will you remember when you get old: playing with your kids or your job?
Watch the video and get inspired...
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My kids love camping and we love camping too. And each year we look forward to the same activities that never get old and tired, even though we go to the same campround every year. I am also sure that these outdoor activities are the favourites of many families.
Here is a sample of our last season's camping activities:
Afer 3 days of warming up to the idea of "big water" Olivia (16 months) became a beach baby. While at first she didn't want to touch the water, after observing other kids and babies splashing, she was thrilled to spash with them and run around in the shallow waters of Red Bay. We couldn't take her out of the water without her crying. And as soon as we put her back on the shore she returned to the water.
Does you baby love water?
What could be more fun than typical camping activities: playing in the sand, splashing in the lake, playing board games with friends and wagon rides for little ones.
We all had our fun last summer, but the kids had a blast. Nobody missed any TV time. Nothing can beat the outdoors in the summer.
It is cold and snowy oustside- perfect for getting out for some snowshoeing, geocaching or both.
So get out and have fun with your whole family.
In this video see how newbies are starting to get outside and enjoy geocaching.
Geocaching requires use of a portable, hand-held GPS to pinpoint coordinates of a "cache". Cache is usually a little box filled with "treasures" such as dollar store trinkets. They do not present a big value, but it is the fun of the search that counts. You take a prize from the cache and leave a little something behind for others to find. Nowadays caches can be found almost anywhere. You can go to a remote mountain or a local park.
So get going with your kids, they will love it.
The water was cold and clear, the weather hot hot hot and the scenery breathtaking. Perfect combination. Watch as kids and parents frolic in the aquamarine waters of Indian Head Cove at the Bruce Peninsula National Park. My son Mark had a ball with his friend Sabina, and despite freezing and deep water could not be pulled out to shore.
This was a lot of fun!
It is the beginning of fall and so it is time to sum up our summer camping adventures.
These were and are our all time favourite activities for kids in the summer:
This nice video from REI shows you how much fun geocaching can be and how easy it is.
Many parents would like to know how old a child should be before getting into a canoe. The truth is that it has more to do with parents’ canoe skills than the age of the child. If the parents are experienced canoeists then canoeing with one-year old would be safe and had been successfully done before.
Hiking is a very popular activity while camping. Whether going for a simple walk or doing some serious backpacking, it is a great way to explore and children love it.
In this lovely video you can learn how to make stone art with your kids. This craft can be as easily made at home as at your campsite. All you need is hot stones (you can get them warmed up over the campfire- parental help is required) and wax crayons. Viola! Hot stone art is ready.