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Kids Co-Op: Arbor Day + Engaging Play Ideas for Screen Free Week

April 26th is Arbor Day so Happy Arbor Day! With Earth Day on Monday and Arbor Day today, it seemed appropriate to share these planting posts: Recycled Seed Planters from Life with Moore Babies, 5 Excellent Plants to Grow with Kids from Preschool Powol Packets,  Milk Jug Herbs from Making Boys Men, and Seed Saving Tips from Housing A Forest. The last two are part of a Planting with Kids Blog Hop. 

For even more about seeds and growing, head over to Housing A Forest. She did a great job rounding up and highlighting great seed activities from the Kids Co-Op last week.

Look What Mom Found shared a cool paper bag tree craft, which is also a great activity for Arbor Day. (For Project 101: the Weekly Library Challenge last week, I shared a book that is perfect for Arbor Day and another tree art activity that is among my favorites).

I am also sharing some simple play ideas to help you out for Screen Free Week, which is April 29-May 5. I loved 20 Play Dough Play Ideas (from things you have on hand) from My Nearest and Dearest and 30+ Pretend Play Ideas from Mess for Less -- these are great ways to encourage your kids to be their own entertainment!   
This Nature Sensory Bin from Little Bins for Little Hands fits both of my themes - Arbor Day and Simple Screen Free Play!

Plus, I love this post from JDaniel4s Mom on Observing Nature with little ones - another great way to celebrate Arbor Day and enjoy your Screen Free Week -- by getting outside and enjoying nature. House of Burke shares tips for Exploring Nature with Baby too! 

We also shared some Screen Free Toddler Tips last year and will be sharing even more ideas tomorrow when we participate in a Screen Free Blog Hop to make sure you have plenty of inspiration and encouragement to enjoy a screen free week with your kiddos.


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