Come follow, follow us to … Community Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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I‘m so happy to introduce another new series here on the blog, all about our family field trips and adventures:  Come Follow, FollowDo you recognize one of the littlest Fleck’s favorite songs?

Today the kids and I wanted to share with you our recent trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indianapolis 500 Community day.

My husband and I are both big Indy Car fans and we also both grew up with fond memories of the speedway and the Indy 500. In my case, a family love affair with auto racing goes back to my children’s great grandparents.

It means a lot to Christopher and I that the our kids enjoy racing, too. It is nice to be able to share with them something we love and to have a sport that we all follow as a family together – from Great-Grandma to our toddler, we all have a love of IndyCar in common.

Community Day at the Speedway is an annual event that we all look forward to. It really is a unique place with a history unlike any other. In fact, I was a bit snap happy with the camera and I had a hard time narrowing down which pictures to show you, so this is more image heavy than my usual blog post (but if you have a race car fan at your house, I think it will be worth it).

So in today’s post, the kids and I invite you to come follow, follow, follow us to …. Community Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Did you know? The Luna moth

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Welcome to a new series here on Simple Kids: Did You Know? In this series the kids and I will be exploring all kinds of topics that interest us and sharing with all of you a few of the fun facts and ideas that we are learning. Ready to jump in?

This week’s Did You Know? is all about the Luna moth.  Last week was my daughter Lucy’s sixth birthday and we were very excited to discover a Luna moth on our patio that day.

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Since then the kids and I have been learning about these special moths. We’ve been drawing them, reading about them, and keeping our eyes peeled when we are in the backyard in case we are lucky enough to spot another one.

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Unplugged Play: Solar Oven S’mores

SKsmoresTOPThis was one of our favorite activities last summer and since the kids and I are preparing to kick off Fleck Family Backyard Summer Nature Camp 2014, I thought I’d rerun this post and share this great Summer resource with all of you in case you’d like to have a backyard camp with your kids this year, too.
Yesterday the sun was shining, the birds were singing, and it was the perfect day to kick off the Fleck Family Backyard Summer Nature Camp!

We’re using the ecurriculum I’m a contributor to and an affiliate for, the At-Home Summer Nature Camp ecurriculum from A Natural Nester .

There are 8 weeks of activities:

  • kid-friendly lessons
  • outdoor activities
  • indoor projects
  • arts & crafts
  • recipes
  • field trip ideas
  • book & media suggestions
  • and more!

The nature camp ebook comes in a full-color PDF you can read on your computer screen or tablet, or print out. I have emailed the pdf to my Kindle account, so we’ve got a paper print out in a binder and I’ve got a copy on my Kindle.  We’re all set and ready to go!

Yesterday, to kick off the week on a sweet note, we chose the Pizza Box Solar Oven S’mores activity. Here’s the Fleck family take on this fun and tasty outdoor science activity:

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Three to Five: the Playful Preschool

Playful Preschool ebook for your 3 to 5 year old

Parents and caregivers of preschoolers, are you looking for an amazing resource to use with your 3 to 5 year old? Are you seeking hands-on, play based learning ideas that are simple and easy to put into practice in your home?

If you are, then today I have some exciting news about a project I’ve been working on with some other kid and parenting bloggers:  today the Three to Five: the Playful Preschool ebook launches!

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20 Outdoor and Indoor Family Fitness Ideas for Spring

20 outdoor and indoor family fitness ideas for spring

I’m so pleased to have my friend Caroline of Under God’s Mighty Hand here sharing a guest post about family fitness.  She’s got some fun outdoor and indoor ideas that I think you and your kids will enjoy.  – Kara

Winter offers its beauties, but by the time spring comes around, many of us are ready to burst out of doors and into glorious sunshine and green grass to stretch our formerly housebound legs.

Beyond the normal playground, tag, and bike activities, sometimes we need something new in our family fitness routines. Many of the ideas below are geared towards elementary ages (and parents) but can be modified to include younger and older ages. Most of these ideas use household objects or just yourselves and space.

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10 Family Fitness Ideas for Outdoors

1. Take a listening walk. If you haven’t read The Listening Walk by Paul Showers (HarperCollins, 1993), check out a copy and take a family walk, listening, observing, and learning from the world around you.

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