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Sparkle Craft Roundup: Our Best Outdoor Fun Ideas!

Sparkle Craft Roundup: Our Best Outdoor Fun Ideas!

Over in our neck of the woods (the Northern Hemisphere), most of us experience all four seasons — winter, spring, summer, and fall. We love and appreciate each season for what it offers, but summer provides us with just a little bit of extra magic, doesn't it? The warm sun and chirping birds invite us out of hibernation and back into nature. We get to feel warmth on our skin, the grass under our feet, and the sand in our hands. We feel ALIVE!

But what to do to fill our days and soak up as much outdoors as we can? Aside from the obvious summertime activities we all know and love (swimming, biking, playing with friends), what are some other outdoor activities that are creative, exploratory, and FUN? Well, you've come to the right spot! Here are seven Outdoor Fun Ideas from your friends at Sparkle Stories!

Outdoor Nature Art

Outdoor Nature Art

Inspired by the Martin & Sylvia story "Trail Art," this project will get you out into the world and making our very own nature art! The beauty of nature art is that you can create it anywhere — at the park, in your yard, in the greenway next to the sidewalk, or out in the woods. If you’re outside, you can make nature art.

Learn more here.

Making an Out and About Art Box

Out and About Art Box

This project accompanies the Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story “A Better Way.” Life for little ones is very full. Each day is an adventure filled with so much newness! It can be a lot to take in and a lot to process. Little ones, just like grown-ups, need to have tools in their toolboxes for processing the day's happenings. And sometimes that processing doesn't happen indoors. Enter the Out and About Art Box!

Learn more here.

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How to Make Your Own Sun Dials

Creating your own sun dial can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. Follow along with this fun project for kids that will teach you how to create your own using simple materials. This project is inspired by a story from the Martin & Sylvia's Nature School collection called "Song of the Hermit Thrush: Part One." Listen along!

Learn more here.

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Identifying Bird Calls

Chirp, chirp, chirp! The ultimate sound of summer. But what are our feathered friends saying? Inspired by the Martin & Sylvia Nature School story "All the Pretty Voices," this activity teaches all about the how to identify and map bird calls.

Learn more here.


Collaborative Chalk Mural

Martin, Sylvia, Momma, and Daddy have such a lovely time putting together their mural in the Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story "Important to Us All" that we thought we'd give it a whirl! This activity is fun for the whole family and doesn't take much to get that creativity flowing.

Learn more here.

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Take a Night Walk

Whether walking along the lakeshore while camping or around your neighborhood on a summer evening, a nighttime walk can awaken the senses and make even the most familiar places come alive in a whole new way! Inspired by the Martin & Sylvia Nature School story "Trusting the Forest," why not try a night walk this summer?

Learn more here.

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Soda Bottle Rocket

In one Sparkle Stories audio story, "Rocket Ship," the beloved Junkyard Tales characters gather to marvel at something they find that is truly amazing: a giant rocketship! Is there anything more exciting? Why not try your hands at launching to space with your very own soda bottle rocket? Give it a whirl — you'll be glad you did!

Learn more here.

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