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Weekend Links- Sharing Outdoor Books and Crafts so kids #GetOutside

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Welcome to weekend links! I love this day because I get to share the best-of-the-best of what I have found on the Internet this past week. This week the sunning is shining brightly in Maryville and the flowers are in full bloom. My work on area Secret Garden projects have kept me very busy, but also given me the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of nature. Here are some great activities and books that I have happened across this week that will help parents and kids #getoutside. Enjoy!

Last summer marked a BIG Happy Birthday to our National Parks! 100 years ago on August 25th, the National Parks were created to preserve the unique and wild areas of this vast and beautiful country. State Parks are abundant, educational and a great way to encourage hiking, learning and exploring. Here is a State Park Booklist that I did last year in honor of the occasion.

State Park Booklist for Kids

What’s abundant outside? ROCKS! Rock Painting Ideas – How To Get Started 

“‘Seeing animals in the wild delights me, and it’s that delight I want to share with my readers.’”-Nicola Davies

Nicola Davies is an English zoologist and writer. She was one of the original presenters of the BBC children’s wildlife programme The Really Wild Show. We LOVE her nature-themed books, Here’s a peek.

Nicola Davies books

This Nature Names Craft idea is a great one!

nature names craft

National Parks: Top 10 Kids’ Books from


I’ll leave you with this parting thought-The 4 magic words that will make your kids happier in the long run #getoutside

Concerned that your kids aren’t getting enough “outside time?”

Despite data that shows that 80% of natural vitamin D comes from the rays of the sun, many children, roughly only 23% are spending enough time outside and welcoming the sun’s rays. Most children do not get enough vitamin D from food alone and are at risk of deficiency if they are spending prolonged periods of time indoors. Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book and Marilyn Scott-Waters from The Toymaker have combined their respective talents to not only create a clever solution, but also an amazing guidebook to help parents help their children regain their interest and love of nature.

With over 120 pages, with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities for families to enjoy, learn, discover and play together, A Year In the Secret Garden brings the magical story to life while also enjoying nature and the great outdoors.

A year in the secret garden

With fascinating historical information, monthly gardening activities, easy-to-make recipes, and step-by-step crafts, designed to enchant readers of all ages. Each month your family will unlock the mysteries of a Secret Garden character, as well as have fun together creating the original crafts and activities based on the book. Our goal is to not only raise awareness for the necessity of families spending more quality “unplugged” time together, but to also share monthly activities that incorporate nature and the outdoors as well. Get your kids moving, exploring and playing today. Get access to this wonderful children’s activity book here.


Meet you “in the garden!”