Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids by Rebecca P. Cohen- Book Review and Giveaway

There’s a new book that helps parents how to incorporate the outside (all year round) while spending time with their kids.

The book is written by gardening and outdoor lifestyle expert Rebecca P. Cohen based on her own journey as a parent.

Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids is a month-by-month collection of 365 easy and enjoyable ways to connect as a family and explore life outdoors.

According to Rebecca, not only did she feel closer to her family after the year end, but they also experienced great health benefits through fun physical exercise and discovered a deeper appreciation for nature.

Here are a few of Rebecca’s quick and fun ideas to get your family to do fun, creative things outdoors in any season:

Make a Birdfeeder– Make a bagel bird feeder yourself and hang it on a tree outside within view of where you eat breakfast. No bagel? Use a pinecone instead.

Make Mud Prints – Give your kids license for what you feel comfortable with: mud shoe prints, mud bike tire prints, mud handprints, no rules? Let your kids loose and have towels ready by the door for muddy shoes and clothes as soon as you are home.

Ships Ahoy! Sail Juice Box Boats in Puddles – After your kids finish their juice boxes, find a puddle and float them like boats.

Look for an Aerial Battle – At this time of year, the kids and I tend to notice small birds engaged in battle with a larger bird in the distance overhead. Keep watch on the sky; do you see a turf battle? A hawk hunting for newly hatched baby birds? What can you find?

Make Your Own Fossil – Take a small box, tape both sides and remove one side of the box. Fill the box with mud and press objects, such as shells, rocks, leaves, or sticks into the mud and bring the boxes inside to dry.

I always look for fun, fresh ideas to do with my kids and this book offers a ton of new and creative suggestions and activities that I never thought about before. For a busy mom like me, fifteen minutes outdoors with my kids everyday isn’t impossible, so what’s not to try?

Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids is now available at Amazon and on sale for only $10.19!


One of you, lucky Hip Mama’s Place reader, will win a copy of Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids by Rebecca P. Cohen!

To enter the contest, leave a comment on this post telling me what outdoor activity you enjoy doing with your kids (in any season) by March 25th, 2011 at 12MN, EST. THIS IS YOUR MANDATORY CONTEST ENTRY.

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  1. says

    We love splashing in puddles after it rains or building tents on nice days and reading books underneath.
    mommastaci33 at yahoo dot com

  2. says

    We go to the part for the day at least once a week and I encourage the kids to call their friends and invite them for a lunch & play date. I also take my camera (a throw away/cheap one) and turn them loose with it. It’s a lot of fun and cheap too!

    Tina “The Book Lady”

  3. says

    We enjoy walking. Its usually the two boys in teh stroller and my little girl tries to keep up on her scooter. Thanks for this opportunity, I would love more ideas for getting outside!
    shannonsweep at gmail dot com

  4. says

    I love watching our dog and the kids run and laugh on a nice warm day! Not very exciting but it is so sweet to watch!

    stashingjen @gmail . com

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