Learn Shop Safety

Learn Shop Safety

Teach the kids about shop safety before starting any woodworking or other construction projects. Remind them of the use of appropriate personal protective gear such as goggles, ear plugs, face mask, gloves, etc.  It is also important to teach them how to properly use...
Farmer’s Market

Farmer’s Market

We did it! Most cities around the US have Farmer’s Markets where you can go to purchase produce, meat, dairy, etc that is fresh and locally-grown. The prices are usually very reasonable and the items are fresh & delicious.  The only down-side is that the...
Crochet & Knitting

Crochet & Knitting

We did it! Loom Knitting A good way to start teaching kids about knitting is to use a round knitting loom (found at most craft stores). Kids as young as 7 or 8 can learn to use a crochet hook to create simple projects like a square hotpad or scarf. Crochet Lion Brand...
Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness

We did it! Communication Your family should choose a family member or friend out of town or out of state to be a point of contact in case of a disaster.  That way if you cannot get in touch with each other, you still have someone you all can contact to make sure the...
Campfire Meals

Campfire Meals

We did it! Foil Dinners Simply choose some meat and veggies and wrap them in tin foil.  Then place them on the coals and a little while later you have a delicious meal. Dutch Oven Cooking If you mention a dutch oven at a boy scout meeting, the first thing you’re sure...
Cookies/Desserts

Cookies/Desserts

We did it! Cookies Whether you decide to make cookies with a mix or completely from scratch, the kids will love helping to stir the dough, roll it into balls or roll it flat and use cookie cutters. Brownies Kids like to help stir the batter, but most of all to...
Construction Projects

Construction Projects

We did it! Has Dad been looking for a good excuse to pull out the old tools? Well, if Mom’s been nagging for a project to get done for months, maybe you should start there. But if you want a fun project to start and don’t mind putting in a little elbow grease, check...
Swimming

Swimming

We did it! Kiddie Pool If you don’t have a full-size pool, you can always use a kiddie pool whether inflatable or those with rigid sides.  Some even have built-in sprinklers and slides.  Plus you don’t have to worry so much about the kids going under the...
Bike Rides

Bike Rides

We did it! If you haven’t pulled the old bikes out of the shed in a while, why not take them out, do a fun family bike wash, oil up the gears and go for a ride! Around the Yard If you have a good size yard, that’s the safest place for little kids to ride around.  With...
Grocery Shopping

Grocery Shopping

We did it! A trip to the store doesn’t have to be boring and it doesn’t have to be “Mom’s job”. Bring the family and make a day of it. Let the kids pick out nutritious treats that they will actually eat. Teach the kids about compromising and cooperation. Before You Go...
Library & Reading

Library & Reading

We did it! Reading to Infants? Yes, you can start reading to your children as soon as they’re born.  According to aplaceofourown.org, babies start to learn language through the intonations and inflections of your voice. Which Books to Read Here is a link to find AR...
Camping

Camping

We did it! Search for National Parks The National Park Service has a great site that allows you to search for a park by Name, Location, Activity, or Topic.  http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm They also have a great section for kids and teachers complete with...