Archive - August 10, 2015

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Nature Playgrounds in the Twin Cities – Get Back to Green
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Flash Giveaway Monday — Set of 4 Keychains from Totally Kids Furniture and Toys in Bloomington

Nature Playgrounds in the Twin Cities – Get Back to Green

Nature Playgrounds are a growing trend for good reason; scientists keep finding connections between nature to child development and well-being.

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nature playgroundsIt used to be, according to my children, that in order for a park to be authentic, it needed at least a slide and a set of swings. I was less enthusiastic about taking them to places like state parks simply because I felt I’d have to go the extra mile to “prove” that playing and exploring in a natural environment could be just as fun as clambering around a commercially manufactured jungle gym. Don’t get me wrong – the local playgrounds can be a lot of fun, too. And some are really inventive! But I have to say that I get a deeper satisfaction from watching them play in a more natural setting: digging, figuring out how to climb that tree, following paths, building forts. They become immersed in tossing rocks into the water, scouting frogs, collecting wildflowers. They also gradually forget that “playing at the park” requires a plastic treehouse.

So here’s what I find really cool: incorporating natural elements into new playground designs seems to be the trend. More places are popping up where kids get the opportunity to interact with the landscape and, perhaps, develop a greater appreciation for it. Here are seven places I’ve discovered that have those goals in mind:

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Flash Giveaway Monday — Set of 4 Keychains from Totally Kids Furniture and Toys in Bloomington

flash giveaway MondayI grew up in Minnesota– all over.  I was born in Moorhead, moved to Fergus Falls area, lived on the North Shore, and lived in western Minnesota.  Now, as you know, I am a part of the masses that make up the Twin Cities.

I love Minnesota.  I have a Minnesota pride that is hard to beat, and I am passing that along to my kids.  Although with a dad from and two sets of grandparents currently live in Wisconsin, they have a strong affinity for the neighbor to our East.

And honestly, I am okay with that.

Despite that fact, some of my best memories come from my growing up years in Morris, Minnesota.   Read More

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