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Children’s Outdoor Gear- Oakiwear Review

Oakiwear Review Children's Outdoor Clothing

We took a hike on a chilly autumn day last week, but something was different…. Our children didn’t stay on the dirt path- they wandered through the bushes, down the creeks, and stomped in puddles. Although we take nature hikes quite often, they enjoyed this one more than any other.

Were they cold? Nope. Were they wet? Nope.

Outdoor Clothing Explorer Gear for Kids Review

They had clothing that was made for exploring the outdoors. It was well-made, warm, and waterproof! We have never seen our three year-old daughter enjoy getting muddy and tromping through water and weeds before, especially in the crisp fall air! Normally she will cry because her clothes get wet, or a thorn catches her pants. The hiking experience we went on that day changed the way our children feel about nature. They were able to explore and enjoy it while still being dry and comfortable, and that’s why we love our Oakiwear!

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Sue from Oakiwear believes,

“if we truly wish to get kids active again, we need to provide them with the right gear at an affordable price to open the door to new possibilities in outdoor exploration.”

This children’s outdoor gear did exactly that. They went off the path and explored the world, and loved every minute of it.

Oakiwear Outdoor Kids Gear Review

Here’s a little more about the particular gear we were wearing:

We were given the opportunity to try Oakiwear’s Children’s Neoprene Rain/Snow Boots, Trail Pants, and Trail Fleece Lined Jackets. I tend to avoid doing product reviews, however this company is one that our family loves for several reasons…

Oakiwear Review Children's Outdoor Gear

Quality

The quality of Oakiwear outdoor gear is comparable, and possibly even better than well-known outdoor clothing brands. The material their products are made out of are warm and can endure just about anything without tearing.

The Rain/Snow Boots were fantastic. We have yet to find similar neoprene boots made of this quality for the price that Oakiwear offers them. They are warm, waterproof, and comfy!

Oakiwear Children's Outdoor Gear

Sizing

One thing that definitely makes Oakiwear different from other outdoor clothing companies, is that it’s sizing starts all the way down at 2T! Most of their clothing is adjustable around the wrists and ankles, so you can also purchase them a little big, and adjust them as they grow. That means you can get a couple of years of wear out of one piece of their outdoor gear.

Oakiwear Review Children's Outdoor Gear

Price

The price of Oakiwear products is unbelievably reasonable for the quality product you receive. Their waterproof trail pants are currently only $32.99, and they are AMAZING. Since they are adjustable at the ankles, and have a stretchy neoprene waste, I’m fairly certain my children will get at least three years of use out of them. If you divide $32.99 by three years, it ends up being right around $11 per year. THAT is beyond worth it for our children to be able to enjoy the outdoors without a care!

Oakiwear Children's Outdoor Gear Review

We love our Oakiwear because it gives our children a chance to enjoy exploring the outdoors  comfortably. Many may not realize how important outdoor play and exploration is for young children. Get your babies comfy and warm and encourage them to explore. You will see something new in them. You will start hearing questions and excitement coming from them. It is truly wonderful. It’s worth it. I promise.

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45+ Fall Crafts and Activities for Kids

Little ones love learning about the seasons, and with fall quickly approaching, I’ve put together a huge list of 45+ fall crafts and activities for your littles! There’s no better way to learn about autumn than to do hands on activities and even a little exploring!

Autumn Crafts and Activities for Kids

 Kids Fall Crafts and Activities

Creating a Fall Nature Tray from Edventures with Kids

Stone and Shell Owl Craft from Rhythms of Play

The Art and Science of Leaf Rubbings from Edventures with Kids

Sewing a Fall Leaf Crown from How Wee Learn

Unique Fall Crown from Rain or Shine Mamma

Nature Walk: Autumn Leaf Masks from Outdoors Mom

Fall Craft Activity- Sensory Jars

Fall Sensory Jars from Kids Play Box (Pictured)

Fall Button Trees from Hands On as We Grow

Nature Scavenger Hunt (Free Printable) from Young Earthy Mama

Let’s Build a Nature Wall from Meri Cherry

Top 10 Fall Nature Crafts from Rhythms of Play

Fall Tree Art from Kids Play Box

Name Activities with Colorful Pumpkin Seeds from Fun-a-Day

Fall Craft for Kids

Fall Leaf Letters from How Wee Learn

Lego Stamped Indian Corn from Crafty Morning

Coffee Filter Fall Leaves from Popsugar Moms

Search for Signs of Autumn from Rhythms of Play

Fall Leaves Garland from A Beautiful Mess

Pine Cone Splatter Art from Mess for Less

Autumn Woodland Treasure Sculpture from Filth Wizardry

Autumn Kids Craft Bark Owl

Bark Owl Craft from Fireflies and Mud Pies (Pictured)

Autumn Leaves and Gems Color Sorting from The Imagination Tree

Faces from Fall Leaves from Fun Family Crafts

Fall Leaf Rainbow from Love in the Suburbs

How to Preserve Leaves from Buggy and Buddy

Autumn Sensory Bin from B-Inspired Mama

Autumn Nature Table from The Imagination Tree

Ways to Play with Nature from Modern Parents Messy Kids

Fall craft activity for kids

Fancy Stick Crown from Mama Miss (Pictured)

Autumn Mobile from Red Ted Art

Fall Leaf Suncatchers from Cute and Peculiar

Tiny Guests from Manomine

Fall Leaf Lacing from Rhythms of Play

Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder from Spark and Chemistry

Salt Dough Leaf Impressions from Freebie Finding Mom

Paper Plate Owl from Huppie Mama

Maple Tree Leaf Globe from Premeditated Leftovers

Fall Wind Chimes from The Benson Street

Autumn Leaf Craft

Autumn Leaf Bunting from The Artful Parent (Pictured)

Pine Cone Owl from Broogly

Fall Leaf Painting from Minne-Mama

Leaf Hedgehog from Crafty Morning

Fall Play Dough Invitation to Play from Fantastic Fun and Learning

Acorn Activities for Kids from Still Playing School

Fall crafts and activities

DIY Acorn Peg Dolls from Rhythms of Play (Pictured)

Tissue Paper Fall Wreath from Happy Hooligans

Leaf-y Jack-O-Lantern from How Wee Learn

Fall Slime Recipe from Learning Through Playing

I hope that you found fall crafts or activities your kids or students will enojy! Don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest for more great ideas, or sign up for our newsletter and get them sent straight to your inbox!

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A Boy and His Nature Bag- What’s in Our Nature Backpack?

Our son has the deepest love for nature. He appreciates every little piece of it that he sees, and wants to suck up any information he can about the Earth around him. Because of this, all on his own, he found one of his Father’s old backpacks and filled it with his nature gear, so he’s ready to throw it on his back and go on an adventure at any moment.

What's in Our Nature Backpack?

 

I decided to peek into it the other day to check out his bag of treasures, and here’s what I found…

What’s in Our Nature Backpack?

Some of the items listed are affiliate links, so I will make a small percentage if you choose to purchase from one of the links with no extra cost to you. However, we have tried and love all of the products and recommend them to anyone.

Containers to Collect Insects– we just recycle food containers. He used to like using mason jars the best, but glass + his idea of a wild adventure don’t always go well together.

Field Guides– We have several of this brand. These are AMAZING and I also used them as a child. We love the vivid photographs.

Our Nature Journals and Colored Pencils– He will normally use these after he’s been outside exploring. We’ll come inside and wind down by drawing pictures and writing the names of the things he discovered. We talk about the colors they were, the size, and any little details he can remember. This is one of my favorite parts.

Magnifying Glass– He has several of these, and he uses them mostly to check out insects while he is trying to identify them with his field guides.

Camera– We recently started working on creating a field guide of our own. He always wanted to keep the creatures he would find so instead we now take a picture, do a little research, and add it to his homemade field guide.

Tweezers– I’m assuming these would have many uses for  him.

Hiking Stick– We picked one up for him when we were on a vacation in the Smokey Mountains. He loves it because it’s just his size. There is a similar one here.

Children’s Binoculars– To investigate things that are far away, of course.

Bandaids– I added those to his bag. It seems like we need them quite often during our adventures, but it’s worth it!

Snacks– we always pack a little something in our handmade reusable snack bags to take along on our journey.

If you’re encouraging your children to become more interested in exploring nature, take along this free nature scavenger hunt printable on your next adventure!

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Oh, and if you’re wondering about the hat…

I picked it up at a German Festival a few years back, but he has adopted it as his own. He says it’s his “Trusty Nature Hat.”

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Nature Bingo Printable (FREE!)

It’s time for our monthly freebie! Since everyone loved our free nature scavenger hunt printable, we decided to make a nature bingo printable for free as well!

free nature bingo printable

This is something you can easily take along with you while going on a walk to the park, a nature hike, or you could even take it along on a camping trip. It gets the kids out there and digging around in the dirt and bushes, and who knows what they could discover!

We like to start off our bingo game by gathering little pebbles or flower petals to be our bingo markers. It just seems fitting to use pieces of nature to mark our nature bingo sheet.

This is a game that kids of all ages can easily enjoy. We hope that you love it just as much as we do, and don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter and get similar printables and posts sent directly to your email!

Download Your Free Nature Bingo Sheet!

Download your free printable here—> Nature Bingo Printable PDF

Have fun playing outdoors!

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Nature Scavenger Hunt Printable for Kids

Our kids LOVE doing nature scavenger hunts when we go on nature hikes, or even just while playing in the backyard. We always love coming up with things for them to find that really get their little minds going. We enjoy them so much, that we decided to make a free nature scavenger hunt printable for kids to share!

Nature Scavenger Hunt for Kids Free Printable Checklist

 

If your children are interested in learning about nature, check out our huge list of children’s nature books, or you could even do a simple nature activity  with the goodies you find from the scavenger hunt.

 

Nature Scavenger Hunt Printable

Download here—> Nature-Scavenger-Hunt-Printable

 

Nature Scavenger Hunt Printable

 

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