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Time Outside is More Important Than Ever

Why Nature Is the Best Classroom
Nature is not only healthier, it's better for kids' learning too.

Taking Your "Vitamin N"
Why even just 2 hours outdoors per week improves health and happiness for kids and us!

How to Balance Screen Time with Green Time
It's an art, not a science, but there are great ways to strike the right balance.

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Parenting is a wild business, full of funny moments we can all relate to and learn from together. Check out our latest short videos just for grown ups:

Having a quick conversation feels like a breeze...for adults...But what our adult brains don’t realize is how many skills we draw on during even the simplest chat. Easy ways we can support our kids in learning to communicate can make all the difference. 

Want to know more? Take a closer look at The Communication Chain here.

We get it. Messy mud play is not always a grown up's dream. No matter how you and your kids feel about mud, you can still get all the goodness. It's just a matter of finding out your way to do mud play. 

Want more? Click here for ways to learn more about your child's mud mindset.

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We've all been there...your child is making something, and the something looks nothing like what our adult brain expects. It's hard to remember that the process of making is what matters, not the final product, but with a little humor and a few insights, it can be fun! Inspired? Find hundreds of ways to spark kid-led, creative play at

It can be hard to figure out how to balance letting kids fall in love with nature and teaching them to protect it, but what could be more important for the future of our kids and our green spaces. We're hoping this helps—and makes you smile!

Have you ever noticed your child repeating a very particular -- and maybe even peculiar! -- behavior when they play? Though it might seem random to adults, this is actually common for kids ages 1 ½ to as old as 8. All over the world, kids naturally focus on these same, simple actions when they play. And, knowing about them can make it even easier (and sweeter) to support your child's playful learning. Learn more.

As parents, it’s natural to want our kids to get the most out of every experience. So we look for signs that our kids are fully attending to whatever they’re doing. But, little kids do things differently. And, you may find that your kid is taking one of two approaches to play. We like to call them “Dabbling” and “Diving Deep.” 

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Luckily, we don’t have to be a walking encyclopedia to help our kids discover the world. Sometimes it's better not to have the answer so we can focus on helping kids learn how to wonder and on how to find out for themselves. It just takes having a few of the right responses at the ready!

Have you ever wondered what your child is taking out of learning situations? Sometimes knowing how children's communication skills develop can help us know what to look for—and how to help. 

No matter how you feel about winter, the transition into the chill of the season can be challenging. Enjoy this funny little peek at how our approach to winter impacts how kids experience the season and even how they learn to face all kinds of challenges! Hello, Winter!