When it’s Winter and it gets cold outside it’s tough to get out and enjoy nature. I know as a family we’ve been battling colds, and the weather has been changing so often from warm to cold to freezing, so it’s been rather difficult to get outside as much as I’d really like. Not being able to go outside as often as we’d like really doesn’t give us too much else to do besides watch tv, play on devices, and often stop to read and play the odd board game. That is all fine and fun but is it really the best way to spend our time?
Not really. We live by 3 parks, and a lot of places to wander around and explore. We need to get outside more, and we must! Our son Jayden has really taken to animals. He non-stop talks about animals, “a cheetah is the fastest!” and ” you know the Lion is..” and so on. It’s refreshing and I wish all my kids were more into something other than TV and electronics!
Recently, We had the honour of being invited to a Nature Valley event at Evergreen Brickworks here in Toronto in partnership with Earth Rangers. I sadly wasn’t able to attend so I sent Six Time Daddy also known as my husband Peter, with 3 of our boys! Here is what he said about the experience;
“On Sunday Feb 26, the great people of Nature Valley combined with Earth Rangers hosted us at Evergreen Brickworks for an incredible afternoon. As Jason from Nature Valley was going through the key messages of the partnership between Nature Valley and Earth Rangers, it occurred to me that we all need more nature time.
The calming, rejuvenate and healing attributes of nature along with the beauty and peacefulness of the outdoors should be initiative enough to get parents and kids alike out for a good hike. The first part of our day consisted of a nature walk where we learned that turtles live under the ice for the winter.
We learned of different trees and of other animals that live in our outdoors. Once we arrived back inside, it was time for some seriously cool animal interaction! The great people from Earth Rangers had some animal ambassadors with them — they showed us an American kestrel, a striped skunk, the cutest of cute pine marten and a spectacular great horned owl! As an added bonus, we we also treated with a visit from a red tailed hawk. Magnificent I have to say.”
The boys got to snack on some Nature Valley bars and do some colouring pages while sipping on some hot chocolate, too! These Nature Valley bars are there to help get kids out of the house and out into nature. Each bar has Nature Missions right on the wrapper — fun, and exciting for kids who want to get out and may not be sure what to do!
These granola bars come in 3 different flavours — Double Chocolate, Very Berry and also Chocolate Chip. These bars contain 20% of the daily recommended fibre, 8 grams of whole grains, and 2 grams of protein per bar. They are of course peanut free and are manufactured in a peanut free facility which also means they are lunchbox safe for schools.
Each granola bar has a Nature Mission on the wrapper with 30 different missions, such as — Teach a friend your favourite outdoor game, Find the weirdest looking plant in your neighbourhood and see how It compares to these at EarthRangers.com and many more!
The kids had so much fun and were sent home with a bag full of goodies including the supplies to make bird feeders to put out in our backyard! This was a lot of fun for the kids, especially Jayden who really enjoys watching birds and trying to name all the ones he sees.
The kit to make and hang our own bird feeders included: Pinecones, Lard, Bird Seed, and Twine.
We had enough twine to make 2 little feeders, and had a lot of fun doing it. It’s still really cold and yucky around these parts so we will be making even more as the weather changes, gets warmer and all the birds come back about! These turned out really cute though.. They are really easy, so if you’d like to make your own these are good and safe for our bird friends!
CREATE YOUR OWN MISSIONS!
Are you looking to reconnect with nature? Wanting to get your kids outside and back in the fresh air? Get the kids to get creative and develop their very own Nature Missions — Head to EarthRangers.com/BackToNature to discover even more ideas for reconnecting with nature.
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Nature Valley and I received Compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.