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June was National Get Outdoors month, and my family definitely made the most of the occasion! We visited beaches, lakes, parks, we went hiking, and we picked berries! My readers know I have two young boys, and they love to explore and go on adventures! My heart swells watching them explore the world around them and play creatively. I long for opportunities to nurture their creativity and passions for nature. So, to kick off July and since we celebrated Mac & Cheese Day on July 14th, we’ve been playing with our favorite food Back To Nature Mac & Cheese!
It is so important to me that my boys not spend their childhood indoors. When I was a child, I wasn’t allowed to come inside until the sun went down. I want to help facilitate a fun relationship for my boys with nature. I sat down to create a few unique ideas for our mac & cheese week, and then I headed over to Target to grab some product! (You know I had to get extra for dinner one night!)
After a fun beach day, we came home to create some adorable and very easy sensory bottles!
You simply: take empty bottles, fill with water, (feel free to add food color if you’d like.) We used Back to Nature Made with Organic Silly Sea Life Shapes to create an ocean theme in a bottle.
The boys are loving this very craft! One thing I can tell you about these easy sensory bottles is that when your kids are melting down, these are so helpful for soothing them!
Simple sorting Game!
Almost daily, we visit a park or take a pavement hike through one of the natural parks here in Portland. The nature parks here are one of my favorite components in this city! We are always collecting sticks, pinecones, bugs, whatever we find! So, when I saw these Back to Nature Made with Organic Crazy Bugs Macaroni & Cheese, I knew we’d need to do a project with them.
1) An easy sorting game. I just had my boys sort the bugs with their bug families.
I wanted to give them one really easy counting activity to slyly work in some numbers! So, I had them create these little mats using Back to Nature Made with Organic Macaroni & Cheese for the paces in their treasure maps. My kids are pirate obsessed, so I knew this would be a huge hit. It was so absolutely easy, too. I would put the glue on the paper, and tell them to include x number of steps. They had to count their pasta and add it into their treasure maps!
I think we can all agree the best way to enjoy Back to Nature Mac & Cheese is by eating it with those you love! My kids are always delighted to eat on our patio, so I surprised them with a dinner party on our patio. Don’t we always think about mac & cheese as the ultimate kid food? As an adult, I can appreciate the creamy deliciousness Back to Nature Mac & Cheese always provides. I always get a kick out of sharing stories about eating mac & cheese in my childhood with my boys.
They love to imagine me as a child, and I love to see their imaginations soaring with illustrations of their mama stirring up mischief on a summer evening. This week has been so fun, it was a blast to explore the fun shapes Back to Nature Mac & Cheese offers. I know my sons really enjoyed that!
As a mom, I love seeing a product is non-GMO, no artificial flavors, preservatives, or synthetic colors! It isn’t often mother and child can agree on nutrition (a good source of calcium & protein!) and deliciousness (creamy & cheesy!) Not to mention, it is a meal that’s so easy to whip together on a weekday and promotes creativity. What more could the entire family need? This summer, I urge you to get outdoors as family, and utilize Back to Nature Mac & Cheese as a quick, healthy, and scrumptious way to feed your family this summer!