Summer skills resolution

It is almost here. The endless, hazy days of summer. Time for...what? Reading, fishing, sleeping in, staying up late. Watching TV? Playing video games? Our main goal is to be outside as much as possible. But one proposed rule for our boys … [Read more...]

Connecting Kids to Creation: Everything is Interesting

by Rusty Pritchard The wiring is already there. The mental infrastructure is in place. It's up to us to provide the raw materials.  I'm not a romantic. Don't accuse me of putting the "noble savage" on a pedestal. I'm part scientist, part … [Read more...]

Get Outdoors this Christmas!

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] The holidays can mean lots of eating, lounging around, and whining "I'm bored." What a waste! Christmas break, … [Read more...]

Where’s all the Family Fun?

Our regular Family Fun editor, Joanna Pritchard, is currently in Haiti, serving with the International Organization for Migration in its earthquake relief efforts. Please keep her and the community she is working with in your prayers, and see what … [Read more...]

Family Fun: Three Easy Steps to Starting those Springtime Seeds

[Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays] Believe it or not, it’s time to start your garden! Kids are a lot like plant seedlings: small but fast-growing; fragile … [Read more...]

Three Fun Ideas for a Nature Hike with Kids (or Grownups)

[Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays] Usually, heading out to the woods or creek to mess around with children is plenty of fun without any special planning. … [Read more...]

Get Ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count

[Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays.] Calling citizen scientists! Next week, February 12 -15 2010, there's a fun and easy opportunity for your family to … [Read more...]

Plan Your Wildlife Habitat

Part 3 of Lines in Winter: Mapping Your Patch of God’s Green Earth [Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays] Last week, in Part 2, we focused on food, and … [Read more...]

A Garden Plan for Food and Wildlife

Part 2 of Lines in Winter: Mapping Your Patch of God's Green Earth [Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays] Gardening for food and wildlife helps bring us close to … [Read more...]

Lines in Winter: Map Your Patch of God’s Green Earth

Toddler with butterfly

[Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays] Swallowtail butterflies, purple coneflowers, cherry tomatoes, blueberry stains on a toddler's chin. Seems like a world away at this … [Read more...]

Winter Backyard Birding Part 2

Field guide & bird list

[Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays] Go deeper: identify your guests and get to know them Once you've set up some backyard birdfeeders as described in Part 1, go … [Read more...]

Feed the Birds in the Bleak Midwinter

by Joanna Pritchard [Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays.] Seeds, berries and insects are scarce in winter. Birds flock to feeders for a welcome meal, especially … [Read more...]

Make Scottish Shortbread – to Give or Enjoy With Family

by Joanna Pritchard [Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays.] There’s some part of any baking recipe that children of any age can really get into, in addition to … [Read more...]

Ditch the Stores and Get Outdoors!

by Joanna Pritchard [Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays] Winter may be around the corner, but there’s no need to hibernate. Fall and winter landscapes have … [Read more...]