15 Summer Activities to Help your Kids Appreciate Nature

What are your kids doing this Summer? For many of us Summer time with the kids is a time to enjoy the outdoors, the sunshine and if you’re lucky the ocean.

As much as kids love Summer holidays, keeping them busy can be a real chore! If you’ve not got the luxury of a Summer camp then it’s up to you as parent to find things for the youngsters to keep busy with.

Failing that, your kids might spend all their time in front of a computer, tablet, phone or other screen and research has shown that spending too much time in front of a screen can have a detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing of children.

Studies have shown that taking part in nature-based activities helps people who are suffering from mental ill-health and can contribute to a reduction in levels of anxiety, stress, and depression. In fact, a daily walk in nature has showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression.

One in four people are estimated to experience bouts of mental ill health and it’s on the rise. Prescription medication of antidepressants are also at a record high level and the demand for more invasive treatments are also on the rise. Health and social care commissioners are examining and commissioning different options for cost effective services for mental health and one of these options is a daily walk of 90 minutes or more. We need to learn from the past when kids got excited to spend their time climbing trees and building dens rather than spending hours inside.

Joe at Nature Rated understands this all too well and has put together an infographic on 15 Summer activities to help your kids appreciate nature.

This is what it looks like:

15 Summer activities to help your kids appreciate nature

From baking a blackberry pie to constructing a pond or insect hotel, there’s plenty for the youngsters to get up to. Head on over to his site for step by step instructions to get your kids out and about enjoying nature.

Hope that works!

Bio:

An outdoor enthusiast, Joe is the lead editor at Nature Rated; a website which rates and reviews the best outdoor gear for people who quickly want to know what to get. He believes in no fluff, to the point reviews, which help you choose the right gear for your next adventure.
Whenever daily life gets him down he heads to the nearest lake or river with his kayak and camera spending time recharging his batteries.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – M. Gandhi

Vlog #2 ~ Strawberry Orange Pops!!

I decided to go ahead and share a healthy summer snack that Baby Baby and I love to make! It’s fun and simple! This video shares the ingredients and few quick simple steps to making Strawberry Orange Pops! Enjoy!

Over the Weekend

 

fun at the beach and my little curious boy!

fun at the beach and my little curious boy!



We celebrated the 4th of July holiday weekend with BBQs, beaches, family, and fireworks! I was excited because Mav got an extra day off and was able to spend a long weekend with Baby Baby and I. This weekend also continued the journey of baby baby being a wild boy.I love to watch his curiosity as he explores his surroundings.I just can’t believe how mobile he is becoming and the way he just babbles away! All these milestones are exciting, however they are happening so fast! Over the weekend we also got the opportunity to try out some new playards, foods, and toys! I’m reviewing a few of them now and found some “must haves” during the first year! I’ll share them soon! The 4th was such a blast and I wish we could go back, but at least we took pictures, lol! I guess all we can do is plan more adventures!

 

Daddy and Baby Baby watching the fireworks

Daddy and Baby Baby watching the fireworks

All festive and ready for beautiful weather on the 4th of July

All festive and ready for beautiful weather on Independence Day!

Pacific Play Tents Lil Nursery Tent

source: Amazon.com

source: Amazon.com

From the moment I got the Lil’ Nursery Tent in the mail I couldn’t wait to use it! This week’s beach trip was the perfect excuse to bring it out. First off, the color scheme I choose is awesome. There’s nothing like red and blue to say you’re ready for fun. Another plus is it’s very lightweight and compact. Making it easy to just toss in the beach bag. The true test was to see how easy it was to set up and if it was durable. Assembly was a piece of cake; it only took two foldable polls to snap up into shape. Once it was set up, I put in some light blankets, a towel, and of course Baby Baby. The nylon and mesh material seems to hold up well, I wouldn’t plan an outdoor camping trip with the tent for a week but after all it is a “play” tent. Velcro is what is used in order to close the tent. Which feels a little flimsy but, it works. The weather at the beach was a high of 73 with a slight breeze. I was nervous at first if the tent would be well ventilated with the mesh sides. However, after a quick nursing session lying inside the tent, I was able to feel a nice breeze with no problems. The tent also claims to be UV treated at SPF 30. To be on the safe side I still kept the tent under an umbrella and SPF 55 on the little one. Overall, I enjoyed using the Lil Nursery Tent, its simple design and purpose worked well for our beach trip. I’ll definitely plan on keeping it in our beach bag for future trips!

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Compact
  • Good size
  • Fun for all ages
  • Easy set up & take down
  • Great for indoors or outdoors

Cons:

  • Velcro closure
  • Flimsy for use other then play

 

Playing inside the tent!

Playing inside the tent!

Mommy & Baby Baby Playing inside the tent!

Mommy & Baby Baby Playing inside the tent!