May 23, 2018

There are so many benefits to nature play-- the unrestricted outdoor play that's so frequently missing from the lives of today's hyper-scheduled, plugged-in children.  Today's parents are nostalgically looking back at their own childhoods and thinking about how it doesn't resemble the modern day lives of children in the least.  Yet, the benefits of nature play are increasingly documented through research.  I touched upon these benefits in my last post called Nature Play-- Its Importance and Why You Need to Be Present, which you can read here.

The problem is that sometimes, our children-- who are...

May 2, 2018

It can be difficult to push out our desire to be productive in order to just be.  Thoughts about our to-do lists constantly rush through our minds.  Our cultural drive for “success” might sometimes have you thinking of all the things you need to accomplish rather than allowing you to really be present when you are outdoors with your children. You must believe that time spent together in nature is important time being spent on important work.

March 17, 2018

My bucket list of Boston area wikes had Noanet Woodlands on it for quite some time.  If you haven’t been there yet, it should be on your short list, too!

When we finally made it to Noanet Woodlands, a 600 acre property of The Trustees in Dover, Massachusetts, it just so happened to be perfect weather.  The sky was clear and sunny, the air was a crisp 45 degrees Fahrenheit, and there was a beautiful layer of snow on the ground.  It was the first day of daylight savings time, so we put on our hats and boots and made use of our extra hour of sun to hit the trails.

We started at Caryl Park, where there was a parking lot (and...

November 14, 2017

Hello! We are Cady and Emily from Follow Our Lead, Boston, delighted to be guest posters today on wikebaby.com! We follow our children’s interests, and support learning opportunities in authentic, meaningful ways at home and around the Boston area. Like Kelly, we embrace the outdoors in all four seasons. But, we think there is something extra special about fall in New England. We hope you enjoy our post and we’d love to hear from you! Subscribe to our blog, follow us on Instagram or Facebook, and join the conversation. Our goal is to create a community to provide parents with new ideas and inspirations, including yours!  Th...

October 28, 2017

Need a surefire gift with educational potential to please a 3-6 year old?  Look no further than the VTech KidiZoom camera(Opinions are completely my own. I'm sharing this product because I love it and think you will, too. This is not a sponsored post!)

I first saw this camera on a Somerville Community Pathway urban wike with a few friends.  One friend brought along her four year old son, and he brought along his Kidizoom camera.  When he saw something interesting, his mom encouraged him to take a photo of it.  He was interested in the two types of bees he saw around flowers: they looked different.  Why?  We showed him tha...

October 13, 2017

If you’re looking for a quick and easy escape that will create memories to last a lifetime, our wiking family recommends a trip to Denver, Colorado!   Just peruse our photos-- I could look at them all day.  Although we could have easily explored the area for a month, our visit lasted four days.  With a nine-month old in tow, we saw and did a lot while allowing for the flexibility a baby needs.  Here’s how you can do the same!

The Essentials

Fly into Denver—An easily accessible major airport, you’ll be certain to find a variety of flights into the city.  We opted for an evening flight around baby’s bedtime...

October 9, 2017

Fostering a love for the outdoors starts with building an awareness of nature—and right now is the perfect time to encourage your little ones to notice the natural changes around them! 

Here are some engaging, knowledge-building, and fun ways to track the daily and seasonal changes.  They range from ridiculously simple to more involved, but all follow my promise for high quality nature activities.

1. Become Daily Arborists- Choose a tree or other plant that you can see outside of your window and one you are able to visit frequently.  Make it a daily ritual to look at the tree together and talk about what you see. This sounds...

July 23, 2017

It’s most exciting to discover a magical place that’s basically in your backyard.  As a child, it might actually be in your backyard—a new hole, a corner of the property, a slit in the fence.  Imagine the excitement when you realize you can peer into your neighbor’s yard or when you find a litter of bunnies under your grass.

That’s sort of how I felt when I discovered Hale Reservation in Westwood, Ma. 

I had literally never heard of Hale Reservation even though it’s located only miles away and boasts over 1,000 acres and 20 miles of hiking.  It also hosts 2,000 children every weekday in the summer as part of their enormous ca...

Faster than a speeding bullet.  More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound… it’s not just Superman! It’s a SuperMOM.  And her name is Denise Fanai.  

This inspiring woman, along with her husband and a tribe of friends, recently accomplished a camping trip with her twin two month olds and her six year old son. Not only did she survive to tell us all her secrets, she actually seems to feel empowered after taking on such a fun challenge!  I was totally in awe of her and wanted to know all about this experience… and I knew you would, too.  

Denise happily answ...

July 7, 2017

Some days life is just too crazy.   You sit down to relax and you turn on the television. The news is on, and immediately you feel overwhelmed again.  You need some peace!  What if you could find an oasis of peace in the middle of a bustling city?

Enter: Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary.  Located in the Mattapan neighborhood of Boston, it really is an oasis of peace.   The 67 acres of meadows, woods, and wetlands with 2.5 miles of trails and boardwalks provide a habitat for lots of wildlife. We saw a variety of butterflies and beetles, plants including the magnificent sweet pea and aspen trees, and...

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Wike: (v) to walk or hike; (n) a walk or hike, usually used when referring to a short hike or long walk in nature.

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