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The Summer Play Garden

Last year I shared my efforts to transform my my large-but-boring back yard into a wonderful space that children and adults would both enjoy.  This spring I opened my yard to families when I started my outdoor parent-child Play Garden classes.  And what fun it's been!  I'd love to share some photos and things I've learned about what makes a space truly inviting. My first … [Read more...]

Make Your Yard Fantastic

When I haven't been working on my book this past spring and summer, I've been working  with my landscaper friend Tim Francis (http://www.nettle.co/) to transform our yard into a wonderful play space for children and a beautiful and relaxing place for adults.  He did all of the earth-moving and construction, and I did the planting and accessorizing.  It has been a labor of love … [Read more...]

Play Structures

Do you want to make your play yard more interesting and functional for your kiddos?  Spring is a great time to put new effort into your yard, to remind the kids (and yourself) that the yard is an interesting place to be, not just a place to look at through the window.  And play structures are a great way to do that.  Of course, structures area big commitment and can feel … [Read more...]

An Outdoor Summer (Miss Faith Guest Post)

Hi Everyone, Check out my guest post on the LifeWays North America blog. It's called An Outdoor Summer, and I share some of my tips for making it possible to spend long stretches of time outdoors with your little ones during these lazy summer months. … [Read more...]

Cold Weather Toddler Clothes

It is getting colder and colder for most of us, and the thought of dressing toddlers for the cold strikes fear into the bravest heart! Last year's clothes certainly don't fit, and unless you have hand-me-downs, you'll probably be looking for some new stuff. Let's band together and share the wisdom in our collective consciousness: what works? What doesn't? I'll share some of … [Read more...]

Dressing for Snow

With snowy weather on the horizon or outside your door, the idea of getting kids dressed to play outside can be daunting. “Is it really worth it?” you wonder to yourself. “We'll probably end up spending more time dressing and undressing than we will outside. Maybe we'll just stay in today.” … [Read more...]

Time to Play Outside!

Spring has truly sprung, and in many places, summer is in full swing (unless you're in the southern hemisphere, of course!). Let me take a minute to inspire you, or re-inspire you, to spend lots and lots of time outside with your children! The outdoors is stimulating in all the right ways for young kids. There are interesting things on every level, and everywhere you look there … [Read more...]

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