Category Archives: nature

The Secret to Happy Kids (and Dogs, Too)

Want to know what makes my kids come alive, use all of their senses, stop fighting (for the most part), and work as a team to help each other with challenges?  It’s this: I so want to get outside every … Continue reading

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The Creekside Family Goes Camping

We did it.  A family of non-campers went camping. Not only that, but it rained nearly the entire time. And we survived.  Not just survived, we thrived.  Thanks to our much more experienced family and friends that accompanied us.  And … Continue reading

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The Creekside Family Goes Camping

Cast of Characters… Me:  a childhood camper with fond memories. The Husband: a reluctant camper with (who knew?) a fear that bears will invade our campsite and I will send him out of the tent to fend them off, lest … Continue reading

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Spring Tree Crafts, Part 2: Flowering Cherry Trees

While we await the beautiful blossoms of the flowering cherry trees in our yard and neighborhood, we made our own version. Materials: paper towel roll, brown paint, small pink and white silk flowers snipped from a branch of silk flowers … Continue reading

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Spring Tree Crafts, Part 1: Forsythia

Forsythia Trees Every Spring I look forward to watching the forsythia bloom.  At least I did in our old neighborhood, because there, everyone had forsythia bushes.  It was an older, established neighborhood and maybe forsythia was all the rage when … Continue reading

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Spring is Almost Here! Time for Creek Play!

Of course my kids and I often do play in creeks. It’s one of our favorite things, hence the name of the blog.  But if you don’t normally do this, consider the ways your kids could benefit.  Find a shallow … Continue reading

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Bring In The Snow!

My daughter has been sick for a few days but has asked repeatedly to go out and make a snowman for her baby brother. So today, we brought the snow inside to her. I assembled a tray of various sized … Continue reading

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