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  • Make or play on a rope swing

    Pick out a sturdy tree with your child. Look for one with a strong branch that runs parallel to the ground. You and your child are also going to need to find a strong stick to be the swing part of the rope swing. Have the adult reach the branch by use of the ladder. Secure the rope using a clove hitch around the branch and the stick.

    When tying the rope to the stick, tie towards the middle of the stick for proper balance. Test the rope swing by pushing down on it with your feet still on the ground.  Safety first! Make sure the rope swing can safely swing you before you let the kids have a go. Swing away!

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  • Peanut butter and pine cone bird feeder

    If you find a pine cone on a walk bring it back to the house for this fun task. Start this creation by tying wire or twine to the stem of the pine cone. Grab you favorite peanut butter from the kitchen and spread it all over the pine cone. Yes, this might be messy! Fill a container that is large enough to fit the pine cone with bird seed. Roll the pine cone in the bird seed so that the peanut butter has caught it. Now you're done and you can hang it up outside!

    Lay some newspaper or paper towel out on the surface you are doing this on to catch some of the peanut butter and bird feed.

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  • Have a picnic in your backyard

    Not sure what to do for lunch today? There's nothing better than having the family out for a picnic. And your backyard is a perfect place. Keep things simple and easy for you by making PB &J and packing fruit.

    Buy some watermelon and bring along a blanket for a truly authentic family picnic.

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  • Build a mini-creek

    Grab some shovels and dig down into the dirt. If you see water quickly, you might be able to build a mini-creek in your own backyard (if you live in a wet area). Once you get enough water flowing, drop a stick in it and watch it float away.

    Put the creek on an incline so that the water is flowing and not stagnant. Choose a moist spot of land to ensure that your digging will lead to some water!

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  • Catch some bugs!

    Not afraid of little critters? Try making an insect trap with syrup or honey on a piece of paper or cardboard. See who comes to visit. Then set them free in their natural habitat.

    Make sure to use just enough stickiness to catch them initially, but not so much that they'll drown. Try to identify the different critters that stop by.

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  • Chalk and leaf silhouettes

    Grab some white or coloured chalk and head out to your driveway or a safe footpath. Pick up some leaves along the way. Have fun tracing and shading them in with the chalk you brought.

    If you do this on a footpath, take care not to be in the way of an cars. Do this during a dry spell? the chalk will be more likely to not be rained away.

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  • Eat outdoors

    Eating alfresco can be a real family treat. Take dinner outside one night either as a picnic on a blanket or with a couple of folding chairs and a table. Enjoy the nighttime breeze and the sounds of crickets, birds or other creatures.

    Have some insect spray handy in case any make a fuss. Make it a summer tradition and give your kids something special to look forward to as the seasons change.

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  • My first garden

    Don't have room for a garden? Help your child pick out a plant, flower or vegetable that they can help care for. Pick something small enough that you can put it in a glass or pot and even leave it in the windowsill indoors or put on your rooftop.

    Herbs are a good choice for this project because they are so easy to grow and children will love how they can be used to help make dinner! The visual child will appreciate helping to bring a flower to bloom. Talk with your children about the different plants that grow in different climates.

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  • The backyard cartographer adventure

    Your little explorer will have a great time creating a backyard or neighbourhood map. Use any size/type of paper and pencil and start by drawing an outline or perimeter for the land. You can mark out where you find trees, plants, animals and more.

    Older kids might enjoy doing this with the help of a compass to add N,W,S and E to the map. Those who like to be creative can finish the map by colouring in the trees and other points of interest.

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  • Nature photo safari

    Have your kids take charge of the camera today. Let them take pictures of all the leaves, trees and animals that interest them. When you view the pictures later, talk about what you saw and what was so interesting about the different things.

    This could be a fun activity to invite some of your child's friends along for. The children will have fun comparing the different things they notice.

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  • Note the changing seasons

    Time flies and before you know it spring has turned to summer or summer to autumn. Take a walk and take notice of those things that change from month to month. What colour are the leaves? Are there leaves on the trees? Does the grass or ground look dry?

    Keep a record of the things you noticed for the different seasons. Then at the end of the year, sit down with your kids and look at all the changes that they saw. Take pictures to have as mementos.

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  • Make a tree house

    Whether your son wants to be a pirate or your daughter wants a club, having a tree house is the coolest thing. Even a simple one will be full of memories. Plan ahead to make sure the tree house and tree are both safe enough to handle your children's weight and antics.

    Ask a neighbour who's built one for some advice or event to help.

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