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Take it Outside!

Spring is here and it’s time to lace up your walking shoes and go on an adventure! Exploring the great outdoors with your little ones is a great pastime that requires little money, and is sure to forge wonderful family memories.  As the old adage goes, kids don’t remember their best day of television.  Here are some books to jumpstart your outdoor adventures:
 

150+ Screen-free Activities for Kids by Asia Citro

Asia is the mastermind behind the popular blog Fun At Home With Kids. She has compiled a collection of fun and easy sensory activities for children of all ages.

A Little Bit of Dirt: 55+ Science and Art Activities to Reconnect Children with Nature by Asia Citro

In Asia’s second book, she lists simple science projects you can do in your backyard. Many of the projects require very few supplies and are sure to spark kids’ interest.

Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children by Angela Hanscom

Angela Hanscom is an occupational therapist that started the wildly successful nature-based program TimberNook that encourages outdoor play among children. In her book, she compiles all of the latest research on the benefits of outdoor play and presents a plethora of ideas to get you started.

Play the Forest School Way: Woodland Games, Crafts and Skills for Adventurous Kids by Peter Houghton

Forest School is an educational philosophy and curriculum that promotes learning through outdoor play. Think Montessori meets Boys Scouts. This book is the first of its kind to present educational activities directly tied to learning experiences in forests. It’s a great primer on outdoor crafts and survival skills.

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The Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book: 448 Great Things to Do in Nature Before You Grow Up by Stacy Tornio

Through beautiful illustrations and easy to follow projects, this book lists ideas for outdoor activities that range from gardening, to fishing, and bird-watching. Each idea is categorized by season so this book will inspire you all year long.

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