Outdoor Play and Maple Sugaring

It’s a fantastic time of year around these parts, and I’m not talking about the increase in warmer, sunnier days. It’s maple sugaring season, of course. Which actually has a lot to do with the weather (I’ll be posting a lesson soon on the science of maple sugaring). And although days feel longer, temperatures are increasing, and the sun feels more intense, this time of year can be a little dreary as we transition to spring, with the rain/sleet/snow mixes like we had today. Our small-scale homestead sugaring that our family does drives us outside in weather where we would more likely choose to stay inside by the fire. And for that, I am thankful. Not just for the food that is provided with our efforts, but for the motivation to get outdoors in challenging weather. Here’s a glimpse of what our morning looked like today:

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Some Oakiwear gear ensured the kids stayed warm and dry.

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Fort building by a sugar maple tree.

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The sap’s a boiling!

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Playing in an empty garden bed.

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A collection of nature finds.

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The remains of a pine cone bird feeder!

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Roasting marshmallows isn’t just for summer!

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The fire is also perfect for drying wet gloves.

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The finished product. Fresh.  Yummy. Maple Syrup.

Having appropriate layers and outerwear is key to enjoying weather like we had today. Keeping the kids warm and dry ensures that they will have fun. Through a nature program that my older daughter attended, we were able to get discounted pricing on some great gear for the kids from Oakiwear.* The rain pants and neoprene rain/snow boots are durable, comfortable, and, most importantly, they keep the kids from getting wet and cold. I highly suggest you check out what Oakiwear has to offer. And if you need more convincing, here is an excerpt from their website  on why they partner with nature schools:

Oakiwear is partnering with outdoor schools worldwide in an effort to raise awareness of the need to bring children back outside.

At Oakiwear, we believe that exploring and learning in the outdoors is an essential part of childhood development. We believe exploration and exposure to our natural environment will open doors to greater possibilities for learning.

*I am not affiliated with Oakiwear, nor have I received any form of compensation for mentioning them in this post. I am just speaking from personal experience about a few items we chose to order for our kids, and have had great success with.

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