Mini Racer: Making Books Active Play

The following post is by contributor Emily Carter of The Pilot’s Wife.

The season of shorter days and colder temperatures is upon us, which of course means more time playing indoors!

I don’t mind bundling up to get in some fresh air, but when things get really chilly, I’m on the lookout for something new to keep us entertained and warm at the same time.

My three year old, Miles, loves to read with us, and I really love finding ways to tie other activities in with our books.  I love a good art project, but this time I was looking for something more active to get that big energy out.

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Book Review: 15 Minutes Outside

The following post is by contributor Emily Carter of The Pilot’s Wife.

We are outdoor people, no question about it. The picture above is my 32 month old picking through a box of worms to help his Grandpa go fishing.

So far this summer we’ve enjoyed hiking, swimming, park playing, hitting up our local farmer’s market, and much more.  Summertime just begs you to get out of doors and revel in all that glorious sunshine, doesn’t it?

I have to admit, though, I sometimes struggle with finding creative ways to get our little family off the couch and into nature. Especially when the temperatures soar above 100 degrees or in the dead of winter when it seems so much more appealing to snuggle up under blankets and watch a movie.

When a friend recommended the book, 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids, I thought that sounded like a book I needed to read.

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Games and Activities for Toddlerhood (and Beyond!)

The following post is by contributor Emily Carter of The Pilot”s Wife.

I may have a degree in Early Childhood Education and years of experience in childcare and teaching, but I”m going to admit something today:  keeping young children entertained and occupied can be challenging!

My son is currently 2 1/2 and a ball of unending energy. I turn around for just a moment to fix a snack and find a trail of destruction through the house.

Adding to the frustration, popular media would have you believe that you constantly need something new and shiny every few weeks to keep up with your child”s developmental needs.

In my search for ideas, I”ve come across a few wonderful resources that will help you breathe new life into the things you already have in your home.

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