Keep the kids Outside! October 09, 2015 12:26

Summer is over, the leaves are turning color, and the kids are back in school.  With the days getting shorter, there is a lot less opportunity for the kids to play outside.  Numerous studies have shown that time outdoors in a natural setting is critical in developing a child's creativity and self-confidence.  Here are some tips to encourage outdoor activities on a year-round basis.

  • Don't be deterred by marginal weather.  While there may be a few days of really bad weather that justifies calling off the outdoor play, kids can usually be bundled up and sent out to play without risking life and limb.  Kids can be remarkably indifferent to discomfort when they are doing something interesting.
  • Supply the kids with activities that make outdoor exploration interesting.  For example, kids love to collect leaves, rocks, and bugs, so supply them with tools to collect, examine and display these treasures.
  • Incorporate outdoor activities in your children's learning routine.  If your child goes to school, get involved to see if your school has any kind of outdoor education, conservation or gardening built into the curriculum.  If your child is preschool or home-schooled, build unit studies around outdoor themes.
  • Don't limit your whole family involvement with the outdoors to just a 2-week summer vacation to the beach or mountains.  Every season brings new opportunities for exploring the natural world, and your child's innate interest in nature will be encouraged by adult involvement.  Most local and national parks are open year round and the crowds will be gone during the off-season.

Make nature a part of your child' summer plans. July 31, 2015 14:34

Make sure your child makes the most of the remaining weeks of Summer!  If your family is planning a visit to a national park, you'll want to check out the new Naturekids National Parks Activity Kit for kids.  This kit contains some great resources to help you child pass the time on trip and inspire him/her to learn more about our national parks, the plants and animals that live there and even inspire them to be a park ranger some day! 

Of course, it is also a great time to check out the Naturekids activity kits like the Rock Collector 2 and Birdwatcher

Read more about our summer activities and thoughts in the recent blog posts on the Naturekids Facebook page

It's Spring! Time to get the Kids Outdoors! March 27, 2015 13:23

See our March newsletter for a link to our first activity sheet for kids called Me and Nature.  It's easy to receive this free resource designed to get your child out into the natural world for fun and learning.  Just click the "Subscribe" button at the bottom of our web page.  In addition to the activities, you will receive other valuable content on getting your children away from their digital devices and outdoors where they can be involved in activities that boost their creativity and self-confidence.

New Naturekids Website March 02, 2015 12:55

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER to receive ME AND NATURE, a free monthly nature activity for kids!

Naturekids is pleased to announce the opening of our completely redesigned website,! In addition to sales on featured products, we have added links to a number of informative sites featuring videos, studies showing the importance of nature to child development, and opportunities for a parent or mentor to become involved in participation and leadership. Be sure to browse our facebook page, and sign up for our periodic newsletter that will contain a variety of useful child and nature-oriented content and also let you know about special offers on Naturekids products. Drop us a line and let us know what you think! KP