Come follow, follow us to … Touch a Truck Day

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

Last week we attended Community Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Today the kids and I wanted to share with you our recent trip to Touch a Truck in Fishers, Indiana.

The idea behind this special day is a simple one: let kids get up close with the police cars, fire trucks, diggers, mowers, dump trucks and other vehicles they love plus give them a chance to talk to the men and women who do the jobs that go along with those vehicles.

As my kids have been big truck fans from way back (every Wednesday you can find them with noses against the window waiting for the garbage truck to come down our street) and since my son has been telling us for about three years now that he’s going to be a policeman when he grows up, we knew this was a must do for our family.

We loaded up the kids and Aunt Angela and we headed out for some cool vehicle adventure! So in today’s post, the kids and I invite you to come follow, follow, follow us to … Touch a Truck!

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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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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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