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Nature with Kids
53 minutes | Dec 2, 2020
Ep. 6: There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather: Exploring Nature in All Seasons with Linda Akeson McGurk
Does the weather ever stop you from spending time in nature with your family? In this episode, Linda Åkeson McGurk joins me from Sweden to share her wisdom about having a lifestyle of exploring nature, no matter the weather. You'll be encouraged by her mentality toward spending time outdoors and equipped with her practical tips, like what to wear in cold weather, how to handle hot temperatures, and how to help older children and teenagers continue to get outside. For more detailed show notes, including links, photos, and a complete transcript of this episode, head to naturewithkidspodcast.com/no-bad-weather.Mentioned in this episode:There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom's Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids (From Friluftsliv to Hygge). For more from Linda, you can find her on Instagram @rainorshinemamma, check out her blog Rain or Shine Mamma, or visit her Facebook page. Scandinavian outdoor weather brands:Polarn o Pyret (they even have clothes in sections by layers 1, 2, 3)Scandinavian OutdoorDidriksonsOut North - sells Scandinavian outdoor brandsNorth American brands: Columbia or Patagonia (but Linda notes that she hasn't found any North American brands that have the same high quality as Scandinavian brands when it comes to kids clothes)"friluftsliv" - "roughly translates to 'open-air life' and is used to describe a culture and a way of life that heavily revolve around exploring and enjoying nature in a noncompetitive fashion" (that's a quote from There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather.)Disclosure: Some links are affiliate links. At no extra cost to you, I may earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase after clicking through the link. I recommend these companies because I believe they will add value to your life... not because of the small commission I may earn. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
43 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
Ep 5: Gift Ideas Galore for Nature Kids and Teens
Are you looking for fun, meaningful, functional, and mostly clutter-free gifts for your children or teenagers? You're in the right place! On episode 5 of the Nature with Kids Podcast, my husband and I talk about TONS of nature-themed gift ideas for holidays and birthdays. I hope you'll be inspired to consider some creative ideas and that our conversation inspires you to think about what gifts might show love and encourage your family as you enjoy nature.I listed as many items as possible below (as space allowed). For links, a complete list, further details, pictures, and the printable "Nature Date" certificate, visit naturewithkidspodcast.com/gifts.You can also go to Instagram @naturewithkidspodcast to see an IG Stories highlight with visuals and IG accounts for many of the items shared in the podcast.Mentioned in the episode:EXPERIENCE GIFTS- nature dates with a parent (a free, meaningful gift!)- tickets or membership to botanical garden, zoo, animal sanctuary- national parks pass- REI experiences- lessons: horseback riding, skiing, snowboardingGEAR:- winter gear: jackets, boots, hats, mittens- summer gear: swimsuit, Coolibar sun-protective clothes, wet suit, beach towels- Camelbak backpacks- family gear for camping or day trips- bikes, scooters, EZ Roller, fishing gear- survival items: the bandaids we like are Welly brandGIFTS FOR YOUR HOME- cozy winter area: fire pit, twinkly lights- window bird feeders (these ARE safe for birds!)- hammock, slack-line- indoor plants- outdoor gardening tools- mud kitchen, sensory table, water table- round swing- dome climber- compost binBOOKS AND MAGAZINES- novels: Trumpet of the Swan, Hatchet, Charlotte's Web, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Mr. Popper's Penguins, James Herriot's Treasury for Children- Sophie Mouse series- illustrated nature picture books- field guides for your area- magazines: National Geographic Kids, Cricket/Ladybug, Owl Kids, Ranger Rick, Nature Friend, All Creatures, Wildflower Girls, Crikey, Anorak, BBC Wildlife, All About Space, Wild Explorers Club, Wild and FreeFREE OR UNDER $5 GIFT IDEAS:- nature date- printable scavenger hunt or coloring pages + crayons- hot cocoa / s'more kit- bubbles, sidewalk chalk- seed packets- succulent or plant- Let's Read and Find Out- video slideshow- nature artwork- bird feeder or fairy garden kit- wrap up library books- rainbow prismsOTHER GIFTS- camera + SnapShop Online- animal figurines - Schleich, TOOB- navigation kit- investigation tools- nature craft supplies- National Parks: Andersen Design Group, Parks Project, SubPar Parks- tee shirts: Grins and Grace (moms)- donate to animal sanctuarySUBSCRIPTION BOXES- My Garden Box- Chickadees Wooden Toys- Little Naturalist Club- Think Outside- Wonderkin- Mud and Bloom- Wildchild- Matter- Freestone Fly Fishing Co- Cairn- The Camp Life- Nomadik- Green Up- Earth LoveBOARD GAMES- Junior Ranger Land- Sneaky Snacky Squirrel- Hoot Owl Hoot- Eeboo + Peaceable Kingdom games- Taiga- Hit the Habitat Trail- Cardline Animals- Wildcraft: Herbal Adventure Game- Bird Bingo- Nature + Ocean Anatomy PuzzlesFor links and more, visit: naturewithkidspodcast.com/gifts
24 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
Ep 4: Nature at All Ages - From Babies and Toddlers to Tweens and Teens
This week you'll hear from several moms who will be sharing some joys, challenges and tips about exploring nature with children at different ages, from babies, toddlers, and preschoolers all the way to tweens and teenagers.Thank you so much to the moms who shared! (You can follow up with some of them on Instagram by clicking on their names.)ChristaKellieRebeccaSkyeJenniferErikaCrystalMentioned in this episode:@NatureWithKidsPodcast on InstagramSeek Wholly Living - Christa's podcast with hope and joy for momsPalo Duro Canyon State Park in TexasDiscovering Mommyhood - Rebecca's blog with fun, free preschool ideasHuntington Gardens in PasadenaFrederick Meijer Sculpture Gardens in Michigan
27 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
Ep 3: Enjoying Autumn Nature with Kids
In the Nature with Kids Fall episode, we're talking all about exploring nature with kids in the autumn season. We'll talk about what parts of the world are even experiencing fall right now, how we can observe nature in the season, and you'll hear from some other parents about how their families enjoy autumn nature together. Plus my favorite drink to bring with me on our nature adventures, and we'll be hearing from a few more Nature Kids.Mentioned in this episode:On the Same Day in March: A Tour of the World's Weathermy Instagram post about teaching children about wildfiresNature Anatomy by Julia Rothmanprintable fall nature scavenger huntanother printable fall nature scavenger huntSimpleBites Harvest Meal ideabeeswax candle rolling kitthe Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree by Gail GibbonsThe Apple Pie Tree by Zoe HallMousekins Thanksgiving by Edna MillerHow to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie PricemanFlora's Very Windy Day by Jeanine BirdsallRed Leaf Yellow Leaf by Lois EhlertBrambly Hedge collectionAnne of Green GablesSophie Mouse: The Maple Festival by Poppy GreenAutumn across America by Edwin TealeThe Fall of the Year by Dallas Lore SharpA Field Guide to the Familiar: Learning to Observe the Natural Worldmore fall bookssuper healthy, delicious chocolate protein smoothie that doesn't taste like grass from Mel's Kitchen CafeTo record your child's nature experience, go to speakpipe.com/naturewithkidsFor photos, more detailed show notes, and a complete transcript of this episode, visit naturewithkidspodcast.com/3Disclosure: Some links on this page are affiliate links. At no extra cost to you, I may earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase after clicking through the link. I recommend these products/companies because I have used them, liked them, and think others may too... not because of the small commissions I might make. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
18 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
Ep 2: Why We Explore Nature with Kids
This episode talks about the reasons we might get out in nature with our families, including both the logical "head" reasons and emotional "heart" ones. I share how my cancer diagnosis as a mom of young children that affected how much time I spend in nature with them. I recommend a new TV show I've been enjoying with my daughters, and we get to hear from our younger listeners in our first NatureKids segment.Mentioned in this episode:Send me your questions and show topic ideas through the Nature with Kids website. Follow on Instagram: @naturewithkidspodcastHarvard Health article on benefits of nature for our healthLast Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder by Richard LouvBalanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident and Capable Children by Angela HanscomThe Magic of Disney's Animal Kingdom For photos, more detailed show notes, and a complete transcript of this episode, visit: https://naturewithkidspodcast.com/why-explore-nature-kidsDisclosure: Some links on this page are affiliate links. At no extra cost to you, I may earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase after clicking through the link. I recommend these products/companies because I have used them, liked them, and think others may too... not because of the small commissions I might make. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
23 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
Ep 1: Three Ways I Transformed into a Nature Loving Mom
In this episode, I'm sharing about my own journey from a child who hated being outside to a mom who loves spending time in nature with her children. I share some tips along the way, including how to find friends to adventure with and how to help your child (or yourself!) dealing with fears about something in nature. I'm also recommending our family's favorite beautifully-illustrated nature books. You'll hear an introduction to the podcast, what you can expect in upcoming episodes, and how your child can be featured in a future episode.Mentioned in this episode: sign up to receive an email each week about the latest episode of the Nature with Kids Podcasthomeschool moms can find nature groups at BeWildandFree.orgNature Anatomy series by Julia RothmanAtlas of Animal AdventuresThe Variety of Life by Nicola DaviesThe Big Book series by Yuvall ZommerDiane Hutts Aston's books: A Seed is Sleepy, A Butterfly is PatientPhotos, more detailed show notes, and a complete transcript of this episode are available at: naturewithkidspodcast.com/three-ways-i-transformed-into-a-nature-loving-momDisclosure: Some links on this page are affiliate links. At no extra cost to you, I may earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase after clicking through the link. I recommend these products/companies because I have used them, liked them, and think others may too... not because of the small commissions I might make. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
3 minutes | Sep 20, 2020
Ep 0: Welcome to Nature with Kids
In this two-minute preview, you’ll hear what you can expect from the Nature with Kids podcast. “As parents, we know time in nature is important. In a world full of to-do lists, busy schedules, and the allure of screen time, exploring nature offers our families something better. We get to be active, reduce stress, and spend quality time together. In nature, our children can play, explore, build confidence, and experience adventures. We know how good time in nature is for all of us. But, sometimes it can be hard to make it happen.”
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