My Parx

I disapprove of the spelling, I approve of the concept!

My Parx finds parks nearby, and gives quality info of parks around the world.

My Parx gives you quality information on parks, from local municipal parks through to state and national parks.

My Parx has a selection of parks from around the world including showcase parks from Fisheries & Wildlife Service (USA), Parks Victoria (Australia), Africam Safari Park (Mexico), Parks SA (Australia), Adelaide Botanic Gardens and Christchurch Botanic Gardens (NZ). More parks are being added to the app daily. Don’t see a park near you? Email us with your favourite park or contact your park authority and ask them to join!

Easily access fascinating stories and amazing features for the parks that interest you most, in ways you’ve never seen before. Search for parks by keywords, or browse by key features such as birdwatching or fishing.

Every park has a story to tell, and the My Parx app opens up a whole new world of stories to park visitors. Historical and cultural features, significant flora and fauna, fascinating facts, and community facilities can all be highlighted through interactive maps and personal guided tours.

This looks like a great modern adventure aid, and it works for Australia, at least near me! I have already looked about, and I am looking forward to being able to follow some of the trails at our favourite parks. This app is also available in Apple format.

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Chalk Art Vehicles

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All those Scrapheap Challenges are paying off.

Adventures

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We love going on adventures! Adventures are our daily walk. Sometimes it’s a rambling walk, sometimes we have a specific quest in mind.

Walking in the same place is very rewarding. It provides a chance to notice the seasonal changes as they happen in our own little spot. It also encourages the children to start asking deeper questions about a place. Why do something grow in one spot but not another? What signs of birds or other animals are there and how does that change?

At the moment our own adventures are very similar to the description of Charlotte Mason’s nature study as described in Ambleside online, if you scroll past the prescribed list and read the description of how it should be implemented. Most of the time I just let the children discover what they will, but every so often I will send them off with a quest to look for something in particular – like The Quest for The Golden Leaf in Autumn.

Oh, and don’t forget to bring a bag, for all those leaves and feathers they will collect!

Who Says Cave Glyphs are Mysterious?

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They were just created by children! Pavement chalk or sidewalk chalk is just big thick chunks of the same material as blackboard chalk. In my opinion it needs to be on the list of home education essentials. There is so much you can do with it! Tracks for cars and push along toys, number lines, art, hopscotch, its so versatile and cheap. Plus it makes your house look pretty. Take care though, it will stain some clothes, especially the red chalk.

Quick, Easy and Fun – Juggling Balls.

With illness in the house, we needed something that wasn’t too much work for anyone, but that would get the boys outside to enjoy the sunshine. Given that juggling was a sport enjoyed by Ancient Greek girls, we could even tie it in to our current interest area.

You’ve probably made these balloon and rice juggling balls before, but just in case, we used the instructions here. They were very easy. There were only a few steps that the boys needed adult assistance to complete. This project uses only a few easy-to-come-by materials, it’s a great inclusion into an Emergency Box.

Our juggling balls

Playing in the Great Outdoors

When the weather cools down, I love going outside. I’m enjoying some resources for the outdoors with children.

Playing in the Great Outdoors is an interesting podcast. You have to scroll down to find it. I haven’t listened to all of it yet.

The website Growing Kids is very comprehensive, and I love the quick search feature at Nature Rocks (They are on Facebook too.)

8 Simple Tips is an online article that includes this gem:

    5. Sculpt. By providing your children with opportunities to move and create, you are sculpting their brains. Play fosters new neural connections and prunes existing ones. As kids sculpt snow and sand, they sculpt their futures.

Nature’s Playground is a great read. I just borrowed it from the library again. The only reason I haven’t bought this one is the chapter on Winter is all about snow, but I will definitely be posting some of activities from this book.

I’d love to hear some of your favourites, especially if anyone knows an Australian resource that has the Australian seasons. I’m tired of reading books describing summer as the ‘green’ season as my garden bakes brown.