5 Watery Outdoor Activities For Toddlers and Preschoolers

5 Watery Outdoor Activities For Toddlers and Preschoolers

Keeping your young children cool and occupied during the summer is so easy. Take one (or more) littlies, add water, and a whole lot of fun – that equals hours of enjoyment. Although a small paddling pool is ideal, a large plastic tub works just as well. While away on holiday one year, we improvised with a recycling bin lined with the plastic mat we put on the floor under the children’s table!

Here are 5 easy activity ideas to do with your toddlers and preschoolers:

1. Water Painting

You will need: Paintbrush and a bucket of water

Many parents are not keen on doing a painting with their kids because of the mess. A clean, fun alternative is for them to use a paintbrush and water outside. They can paint water pictures onto any flat surface or use the brush and water to clean their bike or toys. Use the type of paintbrush you would use for painting furniture.

2. Floating and Sinking

You will need: a tub or bucket of water, a selection of items, eg. a shell, a pebble, a leaf, a flower, a plastic container, a sponge, a plastic block

This is a great learning activity. Give your child a range of items to experiment with to see if they float or sink in the tub of water. Then let them choose some items for themselves.

3. Mixing it up

You will need: Plastic containers, cold water, warm water, and everyday powders like flour, cocoa, sugar, …

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A Guide to the Best Christmas Markets in Europe

A Guide to the Best Christmas Markets in Europe

If you are yearning for all things festive then take a look at our guide. Whether you are hankering after the ultimate Christmas tree topper or have just developed a strong liking for mulled wine and Christmas cake you are sure to find something here to your taste. Many markets offer many goods at discounted prices in December so shop around for the best price.

Best for atmosphere

Cologne’s market is actually six markets in one town, the four largest and the most impressive are located right outside the town’s beautiful Gothic cathedral. The markets are a huge event and every year they regularly attract 2 million visitors. The half-timber stalls, the temporary ice-rink, the floating market and the Medieval market outside the Chocolate museum are particularly attractive to visitors and are just a few of the reasons why this market has charmed so many to keep returning in huge numbers year after year. In fact nobody does a Christmas market quite like Germany and Nuremberg, Dresden and Munich are also considered some of the most beautiful and atmospheric.

* Cologne market – 27th November – 23rd December 2009

* Nuremberg market – 27th November – 24th December 2009

* Dresden market – 26th November-24th December 2009

* Munich market – 27th November – 24th December 2009

Best for Children

There is a strong emphasis on fairy tales and folk-lore at the The Prague market and the organisers really go that extra mile in creating a true “Winter Wonderland” setting. …

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Creating an Online Travel Journal

Creating an Online Travel Journal

Because of how technology has developed through the years, it has already helped a lot of people to really capture and record all the places they have been to using the internet as his/her primary medium. This is primarily the reason why it is very important for you to choose the appropriate online travel journal provider for your preferences and needs, which is why this article will give you some tips on the specific things that you can look for.

To make the decision easier for you, it is advisable that you directly look at the features that each online travel journal provider will be able to give you. Some of the features that should always be given to you by an online travel journal provider are the following: it should be able to let you enjoy a free account with them; their service or site must always be available for access by just having an internet connection wherever you are in the entire world; the journal should be very easy to use and should not require you to have any skills related to programming or coding; a good journal provider always allows their users to upload pictures that they can share to other people, the pictures should also be in a compressed format; and most importantly, you should be given the liberty to make your journal entries private whenever you want to since it is your journal after all.

In addition to the must-have features in an online travel …

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Why Minority Group Members Don't Use Public Lands More

Why Minority Group Members Don’t Use Public Lands More

In “Meeting the Challenge of Wild Land Recreation Management: Demographic Shifts and Social Inequality” by Dorceta E. Taylor, the author raises a number of challenges and issues around diversity, race, and ethnicity in public lands and outdoor recreation areas. A key reason for this concern is the relatively small percentage of members of racial and ethnic minority groups involved in going to these areas as attendees or being involved as partners or volunteers in managing these areas compared to their percentage in the population. This article raises concerns about why they are less involved than members of the majority white population and how to get them to become more involved.

There are a number of reasons why they may be less involved. One reason for their lower participation may be the romanticized perception of wilderness areas from American history inspired by notions of transcendentalism and romanticism. These ideas have created a romanticized image of the wilderness as a retreat from the modern, industrial world, and now that vision might serve as a counterpoint to today’s high-tech, fast-paced world of immediate global connections everywhere. Still another theme from history may be the notion of the wilderness as a frontier with images of rugged male frontiersmen battling the elements and nature on their own that appealed primarily to white middle and upper class males — an image reflected in the popular image of the cowboy and male hunter in films and TV. Then, too, the national parks and wilderness areas became a …

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The Secrets to Winning Recreational Tennis Matches

The Secrets to Winning Recreational Tennis Matches

I have been playing recreational tennis matches for close to 10 years now. For the first few years, I would lose a lot, often to players who I thought had weaker tennis skills than me. It was quite frustrating.

It took me about 4 years of playing matches to figure out how I could win more tennis matches. There are three things I do now that result in me winning a lot more than I used to.

ONE: Engaging in a Little Intelligence

Almost any recreational player will hit the ball the same way almost every time. Study you’re your opponent a little more closely at the beginning of a match. Hit a cross court shot to his or her backhand and see where and how the ball comes back to you. Then do the same thing with the forehand.

Most likely, you will see a pattern. Once you know the pattern, you can anticipate it and come up with a counter shot for winning the point.

TWO: Tie Your Shoe

Most recreational players will speed up their pace of play when things are going badly for them. If they serve a fault, they will waste no time to serve another ball without much thought. And they will rush through points and shots which in most cases result in many lost points.

This negative state is common in tennis and you have to break the pattern first with your mind before your tennis skills can help you get …

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