5 Ideas for Unplugged Summer Play

5 Ideas for UNPLUGGED Summer Play {SimpleKids.net}

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For today’s post, I’m writing about some of our favorite Summer Fun Unplugged Play Ideas:  the things that have been keeping my four little kiddos occupied and happy, that don’t require a power cord or batteries.

While I certainly don’t mind the occasional movie marathon day or (my son’s favorite) Minecraft night, I prefer that my kids get plenty of unplugged, child-powered play opportunities.

The Summer is a perfect time for some of these sweet ideas:

1. The box fort is a big hit.  Back in March the box was mainly used as a special reading spot but today, thanks to a few more larger boxes, it is growing into a SUPER fort!

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Come follow, follow us to … a fiber festival

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I‘m so happy to share another post in this series all about our family field trips and adventures: Come Follow, Follow. Do you recognize one of the littlest Fleck’s favorite songs?

Where have we been so far? Well, you can take a peek at our new Pinterest board to catch up.

Today the kids and I wanted to share with you our recent trip to the Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival.

I don’t think it is a secret that I love knitting, so I’ll admit that originally I wanted to go to this festival even before I thought of it as a family activity.

However, my oldest daughter also knits and all the kids enjoy doing handwork projects and working with wool for wet felting and needle felting. Add in the appeal of the very cute fiber animals plus ponies, and it was a date I had to mark on the calendar, for sure.

So, while it might seem like a mostly knitting mama-centric activity, I knew that there would be plenty for everyone to enjoy at the fiber festival.

Plus, much like our farmers market experience, I want the kids to know how the products they see in the store get there. I don’t want them to know yarn as just a colorful skein in mommy’s yarn stash, but to know the animals, plants, history, and processes behind it.

So, we loaded up the kids and Aunt Angela in the family minivan (affectionately nicknamed “Trolley” by my two year old Daniel Tiger fan) and headed out for some fibery adventure!

So in today’s post, the kids and I invite you to come follow, follow, follow us to … a fiber festival!

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Come follow, follow us to … the Farmers Market

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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?

So, where have we been so far? First we went to Community Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Last week we shared our adventures at Touch a Truck Day in Fishers, Indiana.

Today the kids and I wanted to share with you our recent trip to the Fortville Farmers Market.

As my kids get older and a little more interested in how things grow, including their own bodies, and where the food we eat comes from, the farmers market is the perfect place for a little family adventure and some tasty treats, to boot!

As a parent, I love that the kids can see from weekly visits to the farmers market over the course of the season what different things grow and how the offerings change. It isn’t like the supermarket with bananas on the shelf year round. It’s a hands on way to teach what concepts like “seasonal” and “fresh” and “locally grown” mean.

We loaded up the kids and Aunt Angela in the family minivan and headed out for some delicious adventures and to see what was available now.

So in today’s post, the kids and I invite you to come follow, follow, follow us to … the farmers market!

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