8 Ways to Play Outside in Cold Weather (That Your Kids Will Love)

March 4, 2013 at 17:17 | Posted in Outside Play | Leave a comment

winter play, sleddingIf you’re like me, you want your kids to stay active and get fresh air even in the winter.

But, if your kids are like mine, sometimes they resist.

So, we must persuade them with fun activities.

Here are eight winter play ideas to try.

I think your kids will love them as much as mine.

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We’re Going On a Picnic!

December 3, 2012 at 09:01 | Posted in General, Outside Play | Leave a comment
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Picnic BasketThe kids and I have been enjoying the cooler weather of fall so much! The breezy days, soft green grass and colorful fall leaves make a perfect backdrop for a picnic. Surprise the kids by sneaking one in after school, or on a weekend before the cold of winter really sets in and you’ll be indoors more.

Fill a picnic basket then head out on an adventure at the park or nearby river. It’s fun to lay on your picnic blanket and admire the changing leaves, send the kids off on a scavenger hunt, or pack outdoor games for them to play after eating. Whether it’s impromptu or planned, here’s a list of our picnic must-haves.

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Winter Fun

January 19, 2012 at 12:00 | Posted in ALEX Toys, Family Time, Mamma Mia Rea, Outside Play | 1 Comment
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The other day, my 3-and-a-half-year-old and I were getting into the car when he pointed up to the sky.

“What’s that?” he asked.

I looked up and saw a pipe on the roof of a building, emitting clouds of steam. “That’s called steam,” I told him. “That’s what happens when warm air mixes with cold air”.

He looked at me quizzically.

I thought fast. “Look,” I said, exhaling heavily. “Mommy makes steam, too!”.

His eyes widened.

“You try!”

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A Great Indoor Activity That is Sure to Make You Hoppy!

January 3, 2012 at 15:13 | Posted in ALEX Toys, Indoor Play, Let's Play, Outside Play, Play@Home Mom | 1 Comment
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Where we live it gets super cold and snowy. My girls and I love to bundle up and build snowmen, toss a few snowballs, go sledding, and even make a snow angel or two.  But when it’s time to come in, we roll out the award winning Hopscotch Rug!

No set up is required, just unroll the rug and start playing right away!

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There Is More Than One Way To Mow A Lawn

August 30, 2011 at 09:00 | Posted in Family Time, Outside Play, Play@Home Mom | Leave a comment

It was a beautiful summer day and I couldn’t t wait to pick Lori (4 years old) up from school to give her and Julie (18 months old) the ALEX Bubble Mower. I had a bubble mower when I was a kid and I remember it being one of my most favorite toys.

Right out of the box, the mower is simple and quick to assemble. Just snap together the handle, put in two batteries and you are ready to go. The mower comes with 2 bottles of bubbles, which is great because these girls were outside mowing the lawn for a better part of the afternoon!

ALEX Toys Bubble Mower

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What a Fine Day for Croquet!

August 23, 2011 at 16:30 | Posted in ALEX Toys, Let's Play, Outside Play, Play@Home Mom | 1 Comment

It was beautiful outside today and we decided to take advantage and play some croquet! Now this wasn’t just any old game of croquet… it was adorable Jungle Croquet by ALEX! With kid-sized mallets, silly jungle critters and wooden construction, this croquet set is so much cuter than the set my grandparents have.

ALEX Jungle Croquet

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Gone Golfin’

August 11, 2011 at 09:00 | Posted in ALEX Toys, Outside Play, Play@Home Mom, Reviews | Leave a comment

Summertime is here and in many homes that means golf season! The PGA Championship starts today so Lori and I thought it was a perfect time to try out our new ALEX Mini Golf set.

ALEX Toys Mini Golf

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Green Thumbs Up!

August 10, 2011 at 12:05 | Posted in ALEX Toys, Outside Play | Leave a comment

Way back in May, we told you about the start of the ALEX Design team’s garden of fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers. Things have really started to blossom and we wanted to share our garden’s growth with you!

ALEX Toys Design Team's Garden
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Recipe for Success… and Sidewalk Paint

July 21, 2011 at 10:54 | Posted in Kid Concoctions, Outside Play, Play@Home Mom, Recipes | 1 Comment

There’s a new book out by ALEX called Kid Concoctions: Weird Wacky & Wild Stuff You Can Make At Home! written by John E. and Danita Thomas. It is filled with all sorts of easy-to-make at-home concoctions. What kind of concoctions you ask? Things like slime, paints and even toys that kids can make on their own using everyday household items. I have the book and tried out the Super Sidewalk Paint with my girls.

ALEX Super Sidewalk Paint

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Perfect Day for a Picnic!

July 18, 2011 at 12:42 | Posted in Outside Play, Play@Home Mom | 2 Comments

After days and days of rain it was finally gorgeous outside today, so we decided to have a picnic. A pretend picnic, of course!

ALEX Picnic Basket

I gave Lori her new ALEX Picnic Basket and she was SO excited to open it right up. She laid out the little tablecloth and set up the saucers and cups for all us girls to enjoy! The picnic set has bright and pretty colors. The best part is that the cups and plates are made of tin so they can’t break and they still make fun clinking sounds when you make a toast. Julie totally loved that part! Continue Reading Perfect Day for a Picnic!…

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