Being A Backyard Explorer
After 3 months on the road we finally had to give back the Airstream and head home to California. During our trip, we explored 22 states, many cities, and countless points of interest within those places. Now that we’re back home, we want to make sure we continue exploring all around us.
Why is it that we live 15 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge and have never walked across it? We put off doing “touristy” activities here at home because we know it will still be there when we finally get around to it. Sometimes it takes traveling to other places to realize how much exploring you can do in your own town. It’s similar to the art events that I planned on the road. After 5 amazing family art events across the country, I can’t believe I haven’t done one here in the Bay Area! So I’ll definitely be planning a local art event soon.
Backyard Explorer Journal
It’s about time we bring this spirit of travel and exploration home with us. One awesome resource for this is the Lonely Planet Kids Journal, Backyard Explorer. It’s similar to our favorite travel journal that we used on the trip, but it’s all about having adventures at home and learning about the neighborhood you live in.
*Lonely Planet Kids is giving away $75 worth of books plus a copy of Backyard Explorer at the end of the post!
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It’s full of prompts and activities for kids to investigate the world right outside our house. Some of the activities can be done in your home and some take you out on an adventure to gather information about your neighborhood.
In the few days since we’ve been back, the girls have already started getting into the book. Karuna went straight for the creative prompts like designing her dream home, while Ora opted to get outside and observe the neighborhood animals. She was quietly counting the various wildlife she could see from our backyard and keeping a tally on each animal in the book.
One of my favorite activities in the book is the “Spot the Lot” neighborhood scavenger hunt and the idea of challenging a friend to see who can find the items first. But there are so many other fun activities in here that would be great way to explore your neighborhood over the summer.
Lonely Planet Kids provided super fun gift bundles to raffle off at all of our art events on the road, so now it’s your turn! They are generously offering one lucky winner a $75 gift voucher plus a copy of Backyard Explorer (For U.S. residents only).
For a chance to win, click here to hop over to Lonely Planet Kids and take a look at all of their awesome books. Then come back here and post a comment about which books you’d get with your $75 voucher.
Next Tuesday, June 20th at 12:00 pm PST, I’ll randomly draw a winner from the comments below and notify you via email. Lonely Planet Kids will send you the books of your choice up to $75 plus a copy of Backyard Explorer. Giveaway has ended: The winner is Trinity Honse!