Gift Guide: Get Lost in a Good Book
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Summer is the perfect time to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and do something fun with the whole family!
For those of us who want to get a taste of the outdoors without venturing too far from home, a camp out in the backyard is the perfect solution. Sticking close to home can help your family feel safe, keep you in walking distance to the comforts of home (bathroom, anyone?), and still provide a wonderful family experience.
Here are some tips on getting the most out of your backyard camping extravaganza:
Hiking is one of the most popular activities of summer, and there's a good reason why: not only is it a fun way to get the entire family moving, but there's no better way to experience nature other than getting out and seeing it for yourself! Worried about smaller hikers? You can always plan shorter treks, create scavenger hunts along the way, and pack lots of snacks for break times.
Planting flowers is not only a relaxing outdoor activity for the summer, but did you know that sunflowers are the ultimate snack? Sunflowers bloom within two months of planting and attract all sorts of wildlife, from butterflies, bumblebees, and moths looking for nectar, to hungry birds who love the flower's tasty leaves. Then, in the fall, the dried sunflower heads can be set out for hungry critters like squirrels. So, sunflowers aren't just beautiful—they help enrich nature, too!
Keeping a nature journal is a great way to spend time outdoors and get in touch with the world around you. Scientists and naturalists often journal to note how climate, weather, and temperature are changing the patterns of nature. To make sure you and your family are nature journal pros, describe what you see with as much detail as possible, think about connections, and consider the big picture by asking yourself these questions:
Bees are a keystone species—meaning that countless animals and plants depend on bees to grow and thrive, including things we eat every day, like apples, peaches, and cucumbers. You and your family can easily help the bees by building them their own specially made hive with Turn This Book Into A Beehive! It's simple: