Monday, July 11, 2011

Sid the Science Kid Backyard Campout & GIVEAWAY!

I'm not much of the outdoorsy type. I like my clean bathrooms, warm beds, and readily prepared meals. Therefore, when it comes to camping and hiking, you won't find me jumping for joy when the opportunity arises. Don't get me wrong, I love adventures and exploring, but LIVING out there....not so much.


Thank goodness one of the kids favorites character's, Sid the Science Kid can introduce them to the basics of life outdoors. The newest episode, Backyard Campout has become a quick favorite of my kiddos with the catchy songs and lessons of exploring the great outdoors and caring for the environment. They sing and dance along, and often ask to "campout" in our own backyard.  We got a chance to preview it before it's release last month, but don't worry, you can still catch it on your local PBS stations (check local listings) on July 12, July 27, an August 19 (set your DVR's!). We has a little backyard campout ourselves, complete with smore's and exploring our own backyard.

We were sent an amazing Pocket Projector, pre-loaded with the new Sid episode.
We set it up to project on to the fence in our backyard, the kids LOVED it!
I love when the kids are intrigued to dig around in the dirt and find ant's, lightening bugs, and flowers (don't tell them that they are really just pulling weeds!). We often pull in our own homeschooling stuff to make it a little educational too. I'll say "Find 4 yellow flowers, 5 purple ones, and 10 blades of grass" and they will race around, seeing who can find everything first. It's a lot of fun!



 WANNA WIN SOME GOODIES?


The Jim Henson Company and your local PBS station want to give one Mommy Instincts reader a Sid the Science Kid Prize Pack (one Sid the Science Kid outdoor blanket, a few Sid DVD's, and a surprise goodie or two from the good people who I've been working with on this. Prize Pack valued at $50!)! Just leave a comment here telling me what fun outdoorsy type things you do with your kids (and you) to get them out of the house and exploring nature! BE SURE TO LEAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS SO I CAN CONTACT THE WINNER! See the Fine Print below.

Want extra entries?

Tweet about the contest (one tweet daily). And simply copy/paste the tweet below. Be sure to leave a SEPARATE comment (with individual twitter links) for each tweet/entry.

#Win a Sid the Science Kid Prize Pack (ERV $50) from @MommyInstincts. #Giveaway ends 7/22/11 http://tinyurl.com/6e3vjwx


Fine print:
~There is a total of 12 entries available per person for this particular contest. Please be sure to leave a comment for EACH entry and be sure to complete the MANDATORY entry first.~Contest is open to bloggers and non-bloggers alike, but you MUST make sure there is a way for me to contact you easily available. If I can't contact you, then you can't win!
~Contest ends Friday July 22, 2011 at 11:59pm.
~Winner will be emailed and given 48 hours from initial congratulatory email to respond. If winner does not respond within that time a frame and new winner can be chosen and original winner forfeits prize.
~I was provided with a backyard campout kit in exchange for my review and coverage of the company and items above.
~Regardless of compensation or products provided, you can rest assured you will always get an honest review from Mommy Instincts. All thoughts and words are my own.
~Winner must be USA only.


74 comments:

5webs said...

We go to the park, and we take long walks (early or late in the day since it is soooo hot), and we go camping occasionally.
Alicia Webster
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5webs said...

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Justine McD. said...

My 5yr old loves to be outside. One thing we started doing this year (Thanks to Sid the Science kid, my son is now interested in science) is doing Nature Scavenger hunts. I have a box, that I send him outside with. I'll sit on the steps or in the grass (my legs don't work too well) and have him look around the yard for things. He'll look for certain length barks, leaves, flowers, etc. He loves it!.

knjmcd at gmail dot com

Justine McD. said...

tweeted
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Linda said...

We like to go to our local park and walk on the trails and see the insects and birds.
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Martha said...

we like to do hikes. (mavans@gmail.com)

Mama Zen said...

We like to catch frogs!

kelli at pfrog dot net

Maggie said...

Right now it's all about bubbles. My 15 month old can't get enough of them!

Sky said...

Lately we've been exploring the beautiful flowers in the yard. My 3 year old has an old digital camera of mine and will take pictures of them. Then we print the pictures and put them in a scrapbook.

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Sky said...

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The Teachers Wife said...

We take our kids outdoors to go on bug hunts, swimming, geocaching, and play in the sandbox! We are big outdoors people and our boys LOVE Sid!
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The Teachers Wife said...

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Wise Owl Designs said...

We go on bike trails. We go to our local nature center every week to look around for turtle. Like we don't have enough of them already! LOL!

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ranya112 said...

I take the grandkids on nature walks regularly. We see geese and gosling, ducks and ducklings, swifts in their mud nests, a multitude, and once even a skunk.
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wildcat32 said...

We take our kids hiking in the local mountains frequently.

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wildcat32 said...

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Alaina Frederick said...

Our favorite thing this summer has been just to hose each other down. It's basically "Tag" but the one who's it gets the garden hose. Plus, it does double duty and waters the grass too :)

Kerry said...

We like to play in the backyard, we dig in the mud for rocks and "diamonds," we play in the sprinkler and we run around pretending we are trains or cars.

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Kerry said...

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kendra22 said...

we love outdoors in the summer, rock hunting, fishing, hiking, swimming
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✿Heather S✿ said...

We Geocache! It's a great way to explore nature!
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✿Heather S✿ said...

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Katrina said...

we love to explore our local beach!
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wildcat32 said...

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✿Heather S✿ said...

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KPort207 said...

We go camping and go for nature hunts.

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ellie said...

We go camping and fishing a lot during summer.
Thanks for the giveaway!
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ellie said...

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✿Heather S✿ said...

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Briann said...

my almost 3 yr old little girl LOVES to go outside and look for bugs and go to the park

ellie said...

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✿Heather S✿ said...

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jsc123 said...

We love going camping and hiking. And have just discovered Geocaching.

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Autumn said...

We go for hikes at national parks in the area, and also for long walks around the neighborhood. As we walk, we point out the animals/flowers/etc. to our daughter and take turns identifying and describing the objects that we see. She LOVES Sid the Science Kid, and I'm trying to encourage her love of science since so many girls often fall behind in this area.

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ellie said...

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✿Heather S✿ said...

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Diane52 said...

We collect stones and fossils-not sure if my last comment worked
Diane Baum
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kygirl said...

We go camping and take walks in the woods to find different animals and insects to check out.
stanleybilly(at)bellsouth(dot)net

Anonymous said...

We go for "treasure hunts" in the woods. hanovertomato at yahoo dot com

Laura said...

My two toddlers boys LOVE to search for different kinds of bugs. We keep them in our bug house for a few days and then let them go to find their families!

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ellie said...

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Hotsnotty2 said...

We go on hikes and to the park

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Hotsnotty2 said...

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Anonymous said...

We go biking and hiking together!

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paula michele said...

We go to a local park/zoo that has simple hiking trails. We also work in the garden. The kids loves to find bugs. We also like to catch bugs, look them up on the computer, then release them. We recently found a baby praying mantis.

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paula michele said...

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✿Heather S✿ said...

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Raven In A Blue Room said...

we have a beautiful park in the middle in the city with a lake - thats our favorite place to retreat

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

Louis
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Raven In A Blue Room said...

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wildcat32 said...

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dddiva said...

We like to go to the parks and nature trails.
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dddiva said...

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kelley said...

My kids LOVE outdoors. My son's fav is to go hunt lizards outside!

kelley said...

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tina reynolds said...

We love going camping, we also love going geocaching, and when we go out we like to collect leaves and try and figure out what tree they go with, or take pictures of bugs. eaglesforjack@gmail.com

tina reynolds said...

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Nick H. said...

We like to go outside and look for grasshoppers!!

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Anonymous said...

We love to camp at our favorite campgrounds.
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susansmoaks said...

we love to go on bike rides and hikes in the neighborhood, we live in the woods so it's always an adventure
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Ericka said...

We go on nature walks and do scavenger hunts with them, the kids have a blast!!

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Ericka said...

Tweet

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Jammie said...

We usually make a list of things, and head to the park. They have a trail that leads to a big open field, so we have a baggy and we collect the items on our list. Have lots of fun doing it!

Jammie said...

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ellie said...

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Drama queens mum (Kimberly) said...

I bring my daughter to the park or go for a walk. dramaqueensmum@gmail.com

Drama queens mum (Kimberly) said...

Tweeted. http://twitter.com/#!/dramaqueensmum/status/94594988066881536

Colleen said...

we check out the creatures around the backyard...like the chipmunks, frogs, and butterflies that are around so much.
colleenmouse at gmail.com

Clarke & Lewis said...

we take walks everyday and my songets to dig and look for earthworms and beetles etc.
rmartinclarke at gmail dot com

Clarke & Lewis said...

http://twitter.com/#!/rsmc1/status/94613596994150400

Gianna said...

My kids love bug collecting.
My email is in my profile.