Category Archives: Activities

The Snow Day book activities

Use this classic to find some winter fun. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats Peter puts on his snowsuit and heads outside for some fun in the snow.  Follow along on his chilly adventure — an award-winning favorite! ACTIVITY:  Head outside and find out what you can use to make tracks, trails or otherContinue Reading

Over and Under the Snow book activity

Pair this beautiful children’s book with winter activities: Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner A beautiful book that takes the reader on a trip through nature, both above and below the ground.  Kids will learn about how different animals cope during winter. ACTIVITY:  Do some observations in your backyard to see what animalsContinue Reading

Nature Clubs for Families Tool Kit

Sign up online for your free kit!  Nature Clubs for Families Tool Kit: Do It Yourself! Do It Now! provides inspiration, information, tips and resources for those who are—or who might be—interested in creating a Nature Club for Families.  Do It Yourself Tools and Resources for families and caregivers on starting your own Nature ClubContinue Reading

It’s a Snow Maze kind of winter!

  This is the perfect winter to make a snow maze for your kids.  Try your backyard, a park, wherever the snow hasn’t yet been trampled.  Snowshoes would be helpful! See more at  

Have a Snow Picnic!

Who says picnics are only for warm weather? Pack a waterproof blanket (or bundle your littles up in their snow pants) and enjoy lunch al fresco.Have a Snow Picnic What You’ll Need: a waterproof picnic blanket; thermoses; hot cocoa; food of your choice. Directions: Pack a hearty hot lunch — think kid-friendly mac n’ cheeseContinue Reading

Frozen Bubble Balls

 Think blowing bubbles is only fun in the summer? Think again! Kids will be amazed at how long the bubbles last, and how strong they really are. What you’ll need: Bottles of bubbles or soapy water; a bubble-blowing wand; a below-freezing day Directions: Gather the bottle of bubbles, wand and head outside with the kids.Continue Reading

Ode to the Stick

Try celebrating summer this year by getting back to basics.  It’s time to play with what’s possibly the world’s oldest toy – the stick!  Inducted to the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2008, the stick merits special recognition as one of two inductees (along with the cardboard box) not created by a toy manufacturer. Continue Reading

Nine Northern Michigan Winter Wonderland Sojourns

Northern Michigan Attractions: 9 gorgeous snowy spots and weekend getaway ideas for each and every one. Mar  5, 2013 Jeff Smith, Northern Michigan Attractions: Hints on where to stay, what to eat and how to do it while visiting nine of Northern Michigan’s most beautiful wintery treasures. Be sure to follow along in theContinue Reading

Which LTC preserves can you easily access with your kids this winter?

    No pass required for these trails!   This holiday season, we wish you the gift of time to explore a Conservancy preserve. Winter has arrived early and it is gorgeous out there! The parking areas at the following preserves will be plowed this winter: – Andreae                               – Offield (both) – Banwell                               - McCune - Birge                                     – Round Lake - BubblingContinue Reading

Make your own Nature Suncather!

Treasure Hunt and Suncatcher Craft, as shared by Mama’s Little Muse at Making icy suncatchers   Assessing your treasure Assembling suncatcher All ready to go into the freezer! After gathering nature treasures, have your kids sort through and arrange the objects in pie  tins.  Then add plain or colored water.  Place a looped piece ofContinue Reading