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Let's Go for a Scavenger Hunt!

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Let's Go for a Scavenger Hunt!

This time of year there are so many reasons to get outside, and one way we can get our kids on board is to go for a scavenger hunt! A scavenger hunt is easy to create and can be customized to any age, theme and place (it's a great incentive to bring your child along on a family walk). The rules are simple: Scavenge for the items on your list, the person that finds all items first (or the person who finds most items when the time is up) wins. You can do this with just your kids/family, or as...

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A Summer Bucket List

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A Summer Bucket List

It is officially summer this week, and living in the northern hemisphere, summers are precious - and short! So why not make your own summer bucket list to make sure you squeeze every bit of sunshine out of this summer? Include both things you would love to do with your family AND things that you would love to do just for yourself. To get you inspired, here are some ideas I would put on mine: Watch a movie at a drive-in theater Make campfire cones on the BBQ or over a fire Take a beautiful family picture capturing the magic...

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Bring Back Game Night

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Bring Back Game Night

With the arrival of video games, apps, tablets and phones it's understandable how good old fashioned board games might seem a little blasé. But there are some real benefits to having a regularly scheduled game night with your family: Create a connection with your child During a game there is time for talking and laughing in a way we don't always take the time to do these days. Now laughing isn't just fun, it actually has been shown to increase endorphins, the chemicals that boost the feeling of happiness.    Increase cognitive skills  Games are great for improving your memory...

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Top 5 Benefits of Puzzles

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Top 5 Benefits of Puzzles

As you start to consider what items will make the list for gifts for your own children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren or friends, we wanted to share the great benefits that a good old puzzle has to offer. Did you realize that laying puzzles can help your child develop all this?  Cognitive Skills - Shapes, colours, numbers or letters in puzzles increase your child's visual spacial awareness and help develop a deeper understanding of that theme.  Fine Motor Skills - Picking up different sized pieces, moving them around and manipulating them into place all contribute to developing your child's fine motor skills.  Problem Solving - The...

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Fun in the rain

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Fun in the rain

As we get older we tend to develop a bit of an allergy to mess and wetness. So we sort of forget how much fun it is to play in the rain. There is plenty of inspiration out there for indoor activities to pull out when a rainy day hits. But why stay inside? There can be plenty of fun to have outside in the rain! (See our post on 5 reasons why playing outside is important in any weather). It's the perfect way to get in that hour of physical activity recommended for children. Here are some ideas to get...

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