Outdoor Challenge

three girls reading in a fieldWhere is your favourite outdoor reading spot?  In a tent, your backyard garden, a hammock, a tree house, or maybe the beach? Take a selfie of yourself reading in the great outdoors and share a photo with us on social media! You can tag us on FacebookInstagram or Twitter and use #PPLSummer2020


Songs and Rhymes 

Over The River - Sung to: Over the River

Over the river, along the trail,
The hikers march along.
And as they go, they love to sing
Their favorite hiking song.

Over the river, along the trail,
They love to hike and sing.
They're filled with all the wonders
A nature hike can bring.

Going Camping -Sung to: I'm a Little Teapot

I am going camping.  (point thumbs proudly to chest)
Time to pack (point to wristwatch)
My tent, my bedroll, (make tent overhead with hands; then roll hands)
And a snack. (pretend to eat)
I'll sit by the campfire  (warm hands)
Its glow so bright. (fan and wiggle fingers)
Then snooze in my tent (fold hands to sleep)
'Til the morning light! (forming sun overhead)


Crafts 

hand painted story stonesMake and create magic with these nature crafts.  During your next hike, camping trip or neighbourhood walk be sure to gather some colourful nature treasures and some flat, smooth stones so you can create some nature magic wands or craft your own Story Stones.

Invite fairies to live in your backyard garden and create some magical play with found objects and natural treasures.

Fairy Houses for your garden

painted fairy housesThese fairy houses from Projects with Kids are adorable and they couldn’t be easier to make.  

What you need:

  • Terracotta plant pot – any size
  • paint pens or craft paint and paintbrushes
  • weatherproof sealer (like Mod Podge)

What you do:

  1. Start with your pot upside down and begin painting (with the colour of your choice) the bottom part of your pot. This gives a bright pop of colour to the fairy houses.
  2. Once the bottom of the pots is dry you can decorate them. It’s best to use paint pens and markers with a fine tip, that way you can get more detail. Using your paint pens, draw all the details of your fairy house - the door, some windows and any decorations you want to add. You could even glue on some found objects around the house to personalize your house!
  3. Once your whole house is done, spray or paint your house with a weatherproof sealer so your colours will stay bright over time. 
  4. Take your fairy houses outside and have fun finding special places in your garden to put them.

Outdoor Resources

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Check out our collection of camping and outdoor books for kids!

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magazine iconMagazines -PressReader

WILD magazine, through PressReader , invites young wildlife lovers to discover and learn about Canada’s wild creatures and the unique habitats in which they live. Full of engaging wildlife stories, games, activities and pictures, WILD helps encourage a deeper love and understanding of Canada’s wildlife. Perfect for ages three through 12.  

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Camp Camp tells the story of Max, a jaded ten-year-old, who finds himself stuck at this dysfunctional summer camp. The cynical Max will have to survive annoyingly cheerful counselor David, the weird cast of campers, and bizarre surprises at every turn before he can escape for home.  CC ENGLISH animated 2 hrs 1 min


Games

Paw Print Animal Matching Game

Have you had any special animal visitors in your backyard? This fun animal paw print matching game printable will help you learn how to identify different animal prints and tracks. 

Community Scavenger Hunt

(information from KAREN)


Activities

LEGO bird feederLEGO Challenge:

Can you build a birdhouse or a bird feeder out of Lego bricks?  Be sure to share your creations on social media using #pplbuilds

Kids Activity Sheets:
Kids Weekly Trivia:

Look for a new themed Kids Trivia Challenge on our Facebook Page every Thursday at 4:00 pm


Recipes

Campfire Orange Brownie 

Make on the campfire or the BBQ! These chocolate orange brownies from the Boy Scouts of America are so yummy! 

brownie in an orangeWhat you need:

  • 1 package brownie mix
  • 8 oranges
  • Aluminum foil

Instructions

  1. Build a campfire, or preheat your grill to 350ºF.   
  2. Mix the brownie mix according to the directions on the package.
  3. Slice the top off of each orange and scoop out the inside of each orange. Save the fruit to eat later.
  4. Spoon the brownie mixture into each orange and place the top of the orange back on top of the mixture. Wrap tightly with foil and place in the campfire.
  5. Bake until the brownie is cooked through, about 35 minutes. Use tongs to carefully remove the baked orange from the fire or BBQ and then carefully unwrap. Serve immediately.
Kids Trail Mix

trail mix for kidsThe key to a fun trail mix is to add something crunchy, sweet and also salty, but sometimes you just throw together whatever is available in your cupboards.   

Here are our favorite ingredients to add: Pretzels, cheerios, raisins, dried cranberries, marshmallows, chocolate chips, gold fish crackers or teddy grahams, Chex cereal or Golden Grahams, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, popcorn, candied nuts or pecans, yogurt covered raisins, and apple chips.


Family Literacy Tips and Tricks

Boy in car readingTake reading on the road! Even quick trips in the car can be a perfect opportunity to nurture literacy with toddlers or preschoolers. This dedicated time gives children the chance to practice their vocabularies and recognize things in action. You and your child can take turns pointing out and identifying random items, shapes, or colours you see along the way.

Even learning to say difficult words, for example “car transporter” or “excavator” provides basic literacy for kids developing vocabulary.

You may also want to keep books in the car. Having “car books” means your child will always have something to “do” or focus on in the car.  Just remember that focus may also become “sharing” these stories or the information they are reading with the other riders. Be prepared to turn down the radio and delight in their developing literacy skills.