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Nine Favorite Outdoor Crafts Round Up

For some people, getting out into nature is easy. They just step out their door and there it is. For others it might mean a walk in the park or at the beach, and others may have to drive a while to find what they are looking for. Here at Sparkle, getting kids and their grown ups out into nature is one of our highest priorities. Why? Because nature connects us to life. It reminds us of how big and small we are at the same time. It delights us and teaches us new things, while also humbling us and reminding us that life is fragile, and we should appreciate every moment....

Storybox Playlist: "Go Outside" Stories to Inspire Outdoor Play

The meaning of summer should really be "go outside." So much is happening in the summer! You can get up early with the sun, play until late into the evening, go for hikes, camp, play with your friends, go swimming, garden, do outdoor art projects ā€” you name it. The weather is often beautiful every day and once it gets hot, you can just get out the hose and have a backyard water park. This week, we've gathered up stories from all over Sparkle land to help inspire you to get outside in one way or another....

Friday's Kind Words

"I just wanted to drop in a word of gratitude for these awesome stories. Sparkle Stories have been part of our reading/listening routine for two years now and we are really in love with them all. They have taught our family so many values such as respect, humility, courage, kindness ā€” and the list goes on. Iā€™m so grateful for these beautifully-crafted and well-thought-out stories that really reach our hearts and souls with sparkles and joy. Thanks A LOT."...

I Love You Gifts for Father's Day: Craft and Recipe Ideas

Father's Day is usually relegated to the backyard bbq and hardware store sale. Although I'm sure Dads love buying tools on sale, this day should really be about showing appreciation for them. We've rounded up several recipes and crafts that the kids can plan in advance and either make with Dad or for him. This round up is all about creating a fun experience with Dad on Father's Day....

Storybox Playlist: So Many Fathers

There are so many kinds of fathers. Each one has his own unique way of caring for his family, neighbors, and communities. To honor fathers this year, we've rounded up several stories about different kinds of fathers, from Martin and Sylvia's Daddy to Sergeant, the faithful watch dog who cares for and protects his Junkyard family. We hope these stories bring you joy and cultivate appreciation for your own father or father figure....