Friday, September 24, 2010

Fall Family Challenge: B is for Big, Beautiful Backyard

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For a long time now I have been wondering why customer service all over the place is so extremely poor. Last night, I realized that it's because all the best customer service representatives work for Disney. I am blown away by their professionalism and how courteous they are at all times. If you're planning on taking a Disney vacation, please book your entire trip (air, hotel, all accomodations) through them. They will make it worth your while!

Next spring my family is taking a vacation to Walt Disney World in Florida. In all of our excitement, we booked the trip as soon as the package became available online (which is a good idea, to make sure you get the package you want for the price you want!)

Well yesterday we received a message saying that the flight we had booked to get there was no longer going to be a direct flight Richmond ---> Orlando, but rather Richmond ---> Boston ---> Orlando. Erm, sorry Beantown, but that's not very practical for our family! I called the Disney Travel Agents, and they immediately jumped on it to contact the airline, get us a refund, and find us a new direct flight. Not only that, but we somehow came out of it with a 5 hour extension of our vacation on the last day, and a $200 refund. Now that is customer service!!!

Today's Fall Family Challenge -
B is for Big, Beautiful Backyard

Fall is the perfect time of year to get outside for some family fun! For the temperature sensitive like me, it's not too hot and not too cold, and God's magic makes this what a lot of people call the most beautiful time of the year. Here are some outside activities to try with your family in America's backyard!

PineCone Bird Feeders

I grew up with a grandfather that loved to feed the animals outside, and pine cone bird feeders were always one of my favorite activities for getting those birdies ready for chilly weather. Here's what you'll need:

Pine Cones (if you don't have access to pine cones in your yard, you can purchase a few at your local craft store)
Peanut Butter
Bird Seed

This is a wonderful activity for teaching your children the right sequence. For instance, the bird seed will not stick to the pine cone until you spread it with peanut butter! Why? What observations can they make?

Spread peanut butter over the pine cone and roll in a shallow bowl or pan full of bird seed. There you have it! Tie a piece of yarn to your new birdfeeder and hang it from a branch in your yard. Your kids will love watching the birds come to eat from their feeder!

(You can also use lard instead of peanut butter, and in cooler climates shortening also works.)


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 Go For a Scenic Walk

Pack your jackets, water, and lunch and take the family on a scenic walk to see how nature is changing all around us during this incredible season.

Before leaving home, create a list with your kids of things to find on the walk. An acorn, animal tracks, a pond, an orange leaf, etc. Let them cross the items off the list as they find them. (A great way to keep them engaged and entertained at the same time!)

Paper lunch bags also make fantastic "treasure keepers." Let your child collect a few of the items they find in the great outdoors. Later go through them together and create an outdoor collage on paper with a little glue.

Rake the Yard

It's no secret that raking the yard is an activity for the whole family! Let your little ones play in the leaves that you pile up. For the older kids, make a rule that to play you have to help rake first. The reward at the end of the chore will make it more fun for everyone!

For a special treat, hide a few wrapped candies in a pile of leaves and let your kids dive for them! How many can they find?

Play Ball!
Fall is a great time to play football. No doubt your little one has watched their share of football on TV with mom and dad, why not take them out for a family friendly game? The exercise and fresh air will make them giggle with delight as you tickle-tackle them.

Have a favorite backyard activity not listed here? I'd love to hear from you! Please email me at hollyatnaptime@gmail.com.


The Fall Family Challenge by Holly at Nap Time is designed to encourage families to do activities together and learn at the same time. There are no rules, no wrongs, no rights - just family fun!

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2 comments:

  1. Hey Holly! Sorry I didn't notify you about the award. I had the post scheduled (I was on the road all day yesterday) and hadn't gotten a chance to get on the computer until just now =). Congrats! Keep up the great bloggin!

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  2. Ahhh, thank you SO much for this SWEET award. I am sorry it took me so long to pick it up... It's been so hectic around our house.
    That is SO nice Holly. I am truly honored.
    I will post this up on my blog today.
    I appreciate you SO much. All of your comments and support keeps me going.

    xoxox,
    Gina

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