How to Create a Thriving Keyhole Garden

Hey everyone! Today we have a special post written by Jen from Nourishing Foundations. I hope that you enjoy her post on creating a beautiful and bountiful keyhole garden.

In 2012, my husband and I were DINKS (Double-Income-No-Kids) living in Washington, D.C. We saved up a bunch of money, quit our jobs and decided to pull the trigger on a passion project: volunteering and traveling in East Africa for the summer.

During our time in East Africa, we traveled throughout Kenya and Tanzania, helped a little and learned a whole lot. In particular, I’ll never forget our time in Athi River, Kenya, where we learned about Keyhole Gardens. The people we were with used keyhole gardens in drought-affected, high-poverty areas to revolutionize the landscape (no pun intended). These brilliantly designed gardens could feed a family throughout the year, make the best use of a small amount of space, incorporate compost and efficiently use water in high-drought areas. I was so impressed!

Fast Forward 6 years. It’s now 2018. The hubs and I have two kids, aged 4 & 7 mos. I’m a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom). My husband just finished up his MBA and is looking for a job. We have nowhere near the disposable income we were accustomed to in 2012. (These days, it all goes to diapers and preschool!)

Last year we purchased a modest home and finally had our own space to grow whatever we wanted. However, with two young kids in constant need of love and attention, I knew the chances of getting a garden together this Spring were slim. Enter: a keyhole garden.

Following is an overview of how we put ours together:

Shape

Use rocks, cinder blocks, wood, bricks, or other materials around the perimeter. The shape of the garden should be that of a keyhole (a circle with an indentation), approximately 6 feet in diameter and 3 feet high. A compost basket is placed in the middle.

Fill

Layer leaves, grass clippings, compostable materials, rocks, and sticks (to help with drainage) until the garden is ⅔ full. The remaining ⅓ should be filled with soil

Plant

Plant vegetables and herbs of choice. Note: consider planting cucumbers/squash and fruits/vegetables that tend to spread, elsewhere; they will try to “take over” the small space.

Care

Place your scraps/compost in the middle (we used a tomato cage covered with bamboo fencing) and pour water over this to trickle out to the plants. Weed and water around plants as necessary.

Enjoy the fruits of your labor!

We own a half acre of land, so while space wasn’t a huge problem, I found that the small size of the garden meant I could easily weed, water and care for my plants without it taking too long. The height of the garden also helped with this – it’s waist high, which is great for my back. Manageable is good. 🙂 Finally, the keyhole shape made for easy care and weeding/harvesting access.

What about you? Are you interested in starting a garden but feeling overwhelmed? Are you living in a place where you have limited space? Do you need something that will be efficient with water? Think about giving a keyhole garden a try!

Bio:

Jen Kloss is a mom, teacher and nutrition enthusiast, ever seeking out ways to help her family eat healthy on a budget. Her goal is to empower others to achieve and maintain a healthy, nourished lifestyle amidst the demands of work and day-to-day life. When she takes a break from changing diapers, cooking and cleaning baby spit-up, Jen blogs around these topics over at www.nourishfoundations.com/blog.

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Raising Chickens: Getting Started With Chickens on the Homestead

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If you’re just starting your homestead or even a homestead veteran you’ve likely been told to add chickens to your homestead. Raising chickens is fairly easy and quite enjoyable. They can be free range or you can keep them in a coop. It’s really up to you, but they provide eggs and meat and are an easy addition to the family homestead.

I mean, who doesn’t like farm fresh eggs? They’re delicious and super healthy too. You can’t get this kind of fresh at the grocery store.

When I was growing up we had chickens once in our backyard. Mind you, we lived in the city and maybe had an acre that we lived on. My parents weren’t trying to build a homestead either. They just wanted the chickens for eggs.

I’m not sure how long we kept the chickens, but it was awesome while it lasted. Sadly, we lived right next to a wooded area and they ended up being attacked and all killed. I think after that my mom decided she didn’t want to try again. She has a big heart when it comes to animals.

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But, it’s one of my goals when we finally get a piece of land. I want to raise chickens for both meat and eggs. This also means I need to start figuring out how much chicken we actually eat so I know how many chicks we’ll have to raise each year to get us through.

Raising Chickens: Getting Started With Chickens on the Homestead

In my quest for knowledge, I’ve found a few things along the way that I wanted to pass on. While we have chickens back on our family property, it’s also 3 hours north of where we live (on a good day). Not really feasible to drive home every day or week to gather eggs. So, my in-laws are reaping those benefits.

But, I wanted to equip myself with an understanding of what I would need to do when we do buy our first flock.

This is pretty much the list I’ve settled on for know.

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#1 Decide If You Want Meat Chickens or Just Eggs

We’ve already decided we want both meat chickens and layers. But, this is something you’ll have to decide for yourself.

#2 Decide On a Breed of Chicken

We haven’t figured this out yet. Make sure you do your homework and you’re sure which breed is best for you and your family.

#3 Will You Buy Grown or Baby Chicks?

I think we’re going to do a mix of both of these. I’ve read it’s a lot easier to buy a batch of chicks to raise for meat every year rather than hatching them all yourself, but it is possible to hatch them to butcher too.

#4 Will You Free Range or Keep in a Coop?

Many people are either scared to free range their chickens because of predators OR they’ve had predator attacks and decided not to free range. Whether you’re ok with free-range life or want to do the coup life it’s completely up to you.

We free ranged our chickens back home. Yes, we had some attacks (snakes were bad about getting the babies), but we preferred free ranging rather than keeping them in a coup.

#5 Figure Out Feeding Needs

This is definitely something that will vary based on whether they’re free range or living in a coup. If they’re free-range chickens they can get a lot of their own food in the spring, summer, and fall times. But feed in winter is definitely necessary.

Check out the post below about feeding your chickens. It’s really helpful!

#6 Prepare for Your Flock to Arrive

Nothing is as fun as when your chickens arrive. I can remember a friend of my husbands bringing over a big box of chicks. I was so excited. My son was too.

Make sure you either have the necessities for caring for your chicks or that you have all the things you need for grown chickens. You’ll probably still find things you’d like to grab or need to grab as time goes on, but getting a good start is always helpful!

Other articles  you might like:

Awesome Posts & Resources To Get You Started Raising Chickens

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#1 The Flip Flop Barnyard

6 Expert Tips For Raising Pastured Poultry

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How to Raise Baby Chicks- Everything You Need to Know

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Choosing a Chicken Breed For Your Homestead

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How to Butcher a Chicken at Home

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#2 Celebrating a Simple Life

Hatching Supplies to Buy at the Dollar Store

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Choosing the Best Rooster for Your Flock

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Does the Coop Need a Heat Lamp?

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#3 Books & Resources

The Small-Scale Poultry Flock

Find this book right here.

#4 The Free Range Life

Pros and Cons of Free Range Chickens

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#5 The Courageous Chicken

11 Reasons to Raise Backyard Chickens

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How Often Should You Collect Eggs?

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Where Do I Buy Chicks?

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#6 Our Simple Homestead

Electric Chicken Fence

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9 Tips for Raising Baby Chickens

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#7 The Prairie Homestead

Homemade Chicken Feed Recipe

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#8 Champagne and Mudboots

How to Raise Chickens and Avoid Salmonella Contamination

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#9 Hillsborough Homestead

Top 12 Heritage Chicken Breeds

Read more about this post right here.

Now it’s time to get started!

Since you’re a little more familiar with chicken breeds, whether you should start with chicks or adult chickens, what kind of feed you need and all the other stuff that goes along with raising chickens it’s time to get started.

Make your list of things you’ll need and get excited. Raising chickens is both fun and enjoyable. You’ll love it and your kids will love being able to help out.


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Why You Need a Dehumidifier In Your RV

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We started living in our RV in October 2017 and we weren’t exactly prepared. Our windows always had condensation, we would find water dripping down our walls, and even sometimes we’d have water dripping from our ceilings. I called and asked my grandfather if that was normal (new RV-er here). He told us, “you probably should put a dehumidifier in your RV.”

So, like any good grandchild, I started looking for one at different stores in our area. Mind you, we were dead in the middle of winter when I was looking. Do you know how hard it is to find a dehumidifier in the middle of winter? Let’s just say it wasn’t fun. I called quite a few stores before they found one that was hiding. Thankfully!

Why You Need a Dehumidifier In Your RV

We have some of the most humid summers here in Mississippi. Down along the coast, it’s not as bad. You have the Gulf breezes that blow through and keep most of the air moving. But, you move up north about 50 miles into Mississippi and the humidity is stifling.

It is probably one of the main things I don’t like about living here. I hate humidity. Hate it. But, it’s what I get to deal with and so I’ve been looking for ways to cope with the humidity here.

I try not to go outside if I don’t have to in the Summertime. But, with kids, that’s kind of impossible. Thank goodness for kiddie pools and cool water.

But, I digress… having a dehumidifier in your RV is a really good thing if you live in a humid area.

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So, why do you need a dehumidifier?

If you live in an area that has a good deal of humidity you might find that your windows, walls, and ceiling will start collecting water. This isn’t really a good thing. The walls aren’t meant to get wet and it can create a mold situation also.

We had to bleach an area under my daughter’s bed that had mold. It wasn’t black mold or I likely would have torched the thing, but it was still mold. We ended up soaking a cloth in water and gently laying it on the mold (didn’t want the spores to spread). After that, we poured bleach on the mold areas.

Not exactly a nice chemical, but my husband said it would kill the mold. We let it air out for a few nights before we sent the kids back in there. Also, we had the dehumidifier in there with a fan.

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Keeps your camper from feeling like you’re outside

Our dehumidifier has saved us so much discomfort. There was one time I woke up in the middle of the night and it literally felt like I was sleeping outside. I could feel the humidity when I was breathing.

After getting a dehumidifier and running it in the RV for a few hours you could feel the difference in the air. Not to mention we had to empty the tank probably every 6 hours at first.

Even now, after we’ve had it almost a year, in the summertime we empty it almost every morning and evening. If it’s a particularly humid day we might empty it another time. It will beep when it gets full. It’s not a beep you can sleep through either. So, it’s woken us up a few times.

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Keeps your walls from sweating

We had a particularly wet winter our first winter in the RV. It rained off and on for about a month or two. I was so sick and tired of the rain, but when the walls started collecting condensation that was all I could take. So, I called my grandfather and that’s when he told me to look for a dehumidifier.

Honestly, I hadn’t thought about it, because normally people use humidifiers for things. Especially when folks get sick. But, I started looking around and tried calling places before we actually went out to get one. Four stores later and we finally found two dehumidifiers.

Once we found a place that had one, I told my husband we had to go right that second. I probably was a bit dramatic. But, having the water drop down on you or make your couch pretty wet from the water rolling down the walls was kind of an emergency thing to me.

Less condensation build up on your windows

Just like the walls, our windows stayed with condensation on them. We tried wiping them down, we tried using vinegar, I searched the internet. Nothing helped. My kids were constantly drawing pictures in the condensation.

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But, once we got a dehumidifier that helped drastically. We haven’t had condensation on the window since then. At least the inside. The only time there’s ever really condensation now is if it’s humid and rainy outside. Or, if the dew point and the temperature is within 1 degree of each other.

We think having a dehumidifier for your RV will make a big difference for you.

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If you’re wanting to know anything else about living in an RV full-time please leave me a comment and let me know 🙂


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Rainy Day RV Activities for Kids

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A lot of times people don’t realize just how entertained kids can be when you live full-time in an RV. Not only can you do activities inside, but you can do activities outside. But, what if it’s raining? Well, we found some raining day RV activities for kids (adults can do these too)!

In the article before this one, I talked about the different ways kids can have fun in an RV. This one I’m going to focus on rainy day activities. There are quite a few things you can do to entertain kids really. Search Pinterest and you’ll get an entire vault of ideas!

Rainy Day RV Activities for Kids

#1 Learning to Write the Alphabet with Cotton Swab Painting

Are your kid(s) at the age where they’re starting to write or needing to get better at writing? Check out this activity! You can grab some craft paper, paint, and cotton swabs for a lot of fun. You’ll need to write out some things for them to trace and then set up their painting station.

It can be hours of fun if it’s done right.

You can also do this with pictures too. You can print out or draw out some pictures for them to paint with cotton swabs. Call it a new spin on coloring!

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#2 Firework Salt Painting

This looked so fun. Is July or New Years coming up? This activity is great for lessons and just for fun.

You can teach kids about the history of how New Year’s started and where the Fourth of July came from. I love activities that can be doubled as a lesson too. I can always reuse them later or keep them for fun.

Not to mention, what kid wouldn’t enjoy this?

#3 Dragons Love Tacos Crafts

This little craft idea is fun and creative. Teach your kids about the letter T and have fun at the same time. Our kids love dragons so this is perfect for teaching and playing games at the same time.

My daughter will stomp around the RV rawring at us while she pretends to be a dragon. It gets worse when my son grabs his sword and decides to charge after her. ?‍♀️ I have to put a stop to that quick.

Thankfully, this little craft game here will get them sitting down.

#4 Yarn Wrapped Cardboard Letters

You can use this as a craft and a decoration fun activity all wrapped in one. Tell your kids that you’re going to hang their artwork in the house or in their room.

They’ll get all into it knowing their crafts will be visible all throughout the house for others to see.

My kids love creating things to be hung on the refrigerator. So, this is a good way to get things that can decorate the walls. I might be tempted to actually get them to wrap some cardboard that’s cut out in moon phases and then hang it on some string! Note to self: Go get cardboard now.

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#5 Watermelon Seed Matching Game

I have been looking and looking for a neat way to work on math with my son and this seems like it’s perfect! For this, either you can cut out the cardboard or maybe let them try it. Then y’all can paint the watermelon halves together.

My kids love to paint and I try to let them be artistic, so this would be really fun for them. But, you can always create these ahead of time and let them play and match as you go.

Be advised, if you have kids that are fussy around sharing (yes, I know kids should learn to share) then you might want to make two sets.

#6 Kids Can Burn Off Steam with These YouTube Channels

There are tons of YouTube channels out there that are dedicated especially for kids. In this post, though it talks about different channels that are great for helping kids burn off steam. When you live in an RV, things like this are amazing.

Anything that can help the kids burn off steam and keep them active is a definite plus! RV activities for kids found on YouTube are some of my favorites. I get to either cuddle on the couch or watch them dance around like crazy people.

#7 DIY Dreamcatchers

I work with leather, feathers, and stones making leather medicine bags, so this makes me happy. I love getting to do crafts like this with the kids.

You don’t need to use leather or get super fancy with it. This post here shows how you can do it with yarn and other things you might have laying around the house.

Let the kids get creative. I like seeing what all they come up with. Their minds are so amazing when it comes to creating things. I wish I had half my kids imaginations sometimes.

Related Post: 19 Homeschool Activities You Should Try This Year

#8 Taco Bar Dramatic Play for Kids

Dramatic Play Taco Bar is a spin-off of Dragons Love Tacos. Only with this activity, you’re actually creating tacos for the dragon to eat.

I can’t wait to go to the store and get craft supplies for this little activity. I am creating an area under my daughter’s bed where I’m going to keep our craft supplies stashed so that we can pull them out as we need. Then we won’t be cluttering up the RV with all these supplies.

#9 Pom Pom Star Shooter

Once you create these you can have an all-out war in your home. Hide behind your makeshift barriers and play a game of who can hit who the most.

My husband loves this idea because we have some foam balls that would work great with this idea. He’s already made plans for this to be an outdoor activity too.


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RV Summertime Activities for Kids

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School is out and the kids are home (if you traditional school). Now what? It’s time for some RV summertime activities! So, break out your notepad and get your list going. You don’t have to have a different activity for each day, but it will be nice to have a good many listed to choose from.

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If your kids are like mine, and most kids probably are, they get bored easily and have energy that seems to last for weeks on end. Am I right? We have no idea where the energy comes from or why it doesn’t leave them, but they have it! That’s why we need to find activities that will help either focus their mind or give them a way to burn off the energy.

RV Summertime Activities for Kids

We love to be outside and playing. Sometimes that’s not always possible though. So, here’s a mix of indoor and outdoor activities that your kids can do whether you live in an RV, tiny house or regular home. The activities aren’t specific to one style of living but are definitely ones we enjoy doing.

#1 Play Tag Outside

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Easy and free summertime activities are the best! This one gets them running and giggling. And, honestly, if you’re playing tag with them and you’re fairly agile you can avoid being tagged pretty easily.

My husband does this all the time. Our son will run all over the place chasing him and my husband will hop out of the way as he made his way to the base. It’s quite comical really to watch it all unfold.

Beware: if your child is a poor sport this might not be fun for them.

I know this first hand because my son can be somewhat of a poor sport and fall to the ground if he doesn’t tag my husband. So, we use this as a way to teach him sportsmanship too.

#2 Setup a Mini-Obstacle Course

This is kind of the same thing as the whole tag aspect. You’re getting them running and burning off their energy. But, not only that, you’re helping them develop their agility by setting up little things they have to do.

You can use sticks, logs, firewood, tables, ropes or anything really that you have lying around. It doesn’t have to be complicated or over the top. Just give them a little something to do and you can even time them to make it even more fun!

For other activities that kids can do while living in an RV check out this post.

#3 Nature Walk Outside

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Since we love nature and being outside so much it stands to reason we would love nature walks. You can do this in a neighborhood, park, backyard, or wherever you live really.

The key is getting them outside, walking and trying to identify things they see. You can let them carry a basket or bag of some sort so they can carry their finds back home to examine. Just, watch out so they don’t pick up something like owl poop or some other sort of animal feces.

While it might have been cool to dissect it in school… we had gloves and not bare hands ;).

#4 Sprinkler Fun

Who doesn’t love running through a sprinkler on a hot summer day? If you said you, then I feel sad for you. 

This is a great one to get involved with your kids on. They’ll enjoy racing you and seeing who can get drenched the fastest. Or they’ll pick up the hose and just spray you down until you wrangle it from them. We love this sprinkler right here.

Definitely remind them to be careful when running near the sprinkler though. I can’t imagine falling on it would feel good. Thankfully, neither of my kids have tripped over the sprinkler yet. I imagine the time is coming.

We shall see! Either way, it’s good summertime fun.

#5 DIY Twister Sheet

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Image Courtesy of The Nest

Everyone loves a good game of Twister! But, what if you don’t have it? Or, what if you wanted to make your own? Well, you’re in luck! Over at The Nest, there’s this lovely little article that teaches you how to make your very own. You don’t need to read it, but it’s super helpful and has lots of good images.

Check out this post right here to learn how to make your own DIY Twister sheet and spinner: DIY Your Own Summer Twister Board

#6 Sidewalk Chalk Hopscotch

Ahhh Doesn’t this bring you back to your childhood? I know it does for me!

Hopscotch is something kids of many different ages can enjoy. All it takes is a little chalk and a couple stones. Chalk is fairly cheap and you can get a big bucket of different colors too. Our kids love the colorful chalk and will sit for hours drawing on a campsite pad that’s unoccupied.

At first, we got a few pieces of chalk for the kids to use, but those didn’t last long. So, we got this set here and we’re letting them play with some and stashing the rest for later! Gotta think fast so they don’t break them all.

It’s easy to clean off so I don’t have to worry about us getting into any trouble.

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#7 Chalk Tic Tac Toe

Just like hopscotch, you can sit down on a sidewalk or carport and play big tic tac toe with the kids. My son loves to play tic tac toe. My daughter not so much, but she’s still young.

Honestly, my son is pretty good at tic tac toe if he really thinks. He’s beat me a few times when I let my guard down. And, I’m not too proud to admit that I was beaten by a 5-year-old at tic tac toe haha.

#8 Cardboard Forts or Castles

Do you have a big cardboard box lying around the house? Or, maybe can you go grab a few from WalMart or something?

Letting the kids dress up a cardboard box and pretend it’s a castle, or a fort, or a spaceship. Basically, let them get creative and play make-believe. It helps to expand their imagination.

We have a cardboard box under our RV that the kids still play with. I think it needs to be replaced though. So, if I don’t get a big box in the mail I’ll be getting one for them. They play with it almost every time we go outside.

#9 Bunk Bed Forts

Even if you don’t have bunk beds you can still build a fort type thing for your kids. It takes a few blankets and something to build the fort over and that’s it.

What we do is drape a sheet from the top bunk down over the bottom bunk and the kids will hide in the bottom bunk with flashlights. It’s a great way to entertain them while I’m making lunch or supper.

They play in their room and I get a little me time while I’m cooking. It’s a win-win! Not to mention listening to them playing in their hideout is kind of hilarious.

#10 Scavenger Hunts (educational and not)

These are pretty fun for everyone. I’ll write down a short list of things I think we’d be able to find on a little walk and tell my kids what to look for. Since they can’t read for themselves yet I usually keep it to about 5 items. This allows them to remember them a little easier.

Either my husband or I will carry a Ziploc or something for them to put the things they find in. They get so excited when they find things on the list. My daughter loves finding bugs so we try to make at least one item a bug. Bleh. She didn’t get it from me.

Here are some more easy cleanup activities for your kids!

#11 DIY Playdough

I tried making playdoh before and failed. Then I found this pretty awesome post by Domestic Super Hero and was pretty excited. It was a great recipe that actually worked.

But, if you don’t want to make playdoh, we enjoy the regular ole playdoh you can get from the store. Or, you can order them here!

We will sit on the floor for a good while and play with playdoh. Just make sure your area is swept and clean before you start playing. No one likes dirty playdoh!

#12 Coloring Activities

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We try to get non-ordinary coloring books for our kids. While it’s all well and fun for them to color Mickey Mouse or Jake and the Neverland Pirate coloring books I like things that also challenge them a little.

Don’t get me wrong, we have fun coloring books too, but we like to throw others in there too.

We love ones like the following:

I’m still looking for some a little bigger for my daughter since she’s only 3, but she has fun either way with coloring these.

Still looking for more activities?

Here’s a post by a lovely woman I know! Ludavia wrote a wonderful post with a roundup of lots of activities that kids can have fun with.


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How Do Kids Have Fun Living in an RV?

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I’ve been scoffed at more than I would like to admit for us living in an RV with our kids. People have called us crazy, and some are even downright mean about it. But, our kids have fun living in an RV! They do. But, they have fun because we make it fun and it’s like one big campout, only a little on the semi-permanent side.

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Do we plan to live in an RV forever? No. But, right now we are because it saves money so that we can buy a home later. I started this site with the intention of being full-time homesteaders, but then we moved. I’m ok with that. We’ll have our homestead and I can still share those things too.

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How Do Kids Have Fun Living in an RV?

Let me preface this and say that we have a 31ft RV that has 2 slides. One slide is in the living room/dining area and the other slide is in our kid’s bunk area. I didn’t realize just how spacious it would feel in here, but it really does feel like we have a lot of space.

We didn’t live in a big house back home. We had about 1000-1200sq.ft. of living area. So, downsizing to this for a little while wasn’t hard at all.

And, our kids have loved it. They get to visit home often – my husband’s parents live on the same property so they visit their grandparents. They have 11 acres back home to run and play on. We take them home every chance we get. But, in the meantime, they love living here.

We have lots of fun!

What fun things do we do?

A couple of these might be considered “rainy day” activities. I’m going to do a post on just rainy day activities too. But, for now, I want to talk about all the different things we do on a day to day basis.

I think it’s good for people to get a real sense of what kids are able to do even when they live in a small house, tiny house, or even an RV or camper. They’re not limited by any means. The only limitation is on how many toys they can have.

And, believe me, these kids have a good bit of toys. We just store them fairly well. Not to mention, they like legos so that helps a ton!

#1 Roughhouse in the RV

This is probably my kid’s favorite thing to do. They will use my husband as a jungle gym until he can’t take it anymore.

I have to say, that this is probably my favorite thing to watch. They get so excited and squeal so much. Sometimes they get a little loud and I have to tone them down a bit. Can’t have kids screaming bloody murder because they’re being tickled after all.

Our place is always roughhouse central unless the kids are otherwise preoccupied.

#2 Nature Walks

We love spying little creatures, plants, and flowers. My husband is pretty knowledgeable about certain things that we pass and is always telling our kids about them.

Between squirrels, cardinals, red-headed woodpeckers, and all sorts of bugs they enjoy watching the wildlife.

Sometimes we’ll bring home a conglomerate of little trinkets that we find along the way. We’ve brought home worms, acorns, rocks, shells, leaves, butterflies, beetles and some other things I can’t remember.

I need to get a book or something to keep their things in or so they can draw in it. Charlotte Mason homeschool method does something like this called a Nature Journal. I’ve been meaning to let them do that.

Here are a few resources we love:

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#3 Fish at the lake

If it’s not storming or colder than crap my husband likes to take the kids fishing. There are bass, catfish, and brim in the lake here on post – though, you wouldn’t know because they rarely bite. People find it a huge challenge to come fish at the lake by the campground due to how hard it is to catch a fish.

Mostly, the kids go out there with a fishing net and try to catch minnows and small fish that are up near the docks. Too bad they are loud and splash all over the place haha.

My daughter loves the little fishing pole that we bought for her. You can look at the one we have here. She’ll be getting an upgrade soon.

#4 Play tag outside the RV (we have a good sized “yard”)

Ever seen kids that don’t run out of energy? Yeah, we have some of those too. These things can go from sun up to sun down. So, we have them run around outside and play tag.

My husband plays with my son a good bit of the time.  I’m not sure who wears who out though haha. My husband will sit down panting and my son will be beckoning him to play more.

#5 Canoe on the lake

We’re a family of water bugs. Thankfully, we can all fit in the canoe we have and the lake is pretty big. Exploring the lake is fun. We get to see turtles and geese.

We actually were able to see a pair of geese that had eggs go from eggs to hatchlings. The babies are a little over a month now. The kids love to check in on them to see how they’ve grown.

I’m hoping to get a kayak so I can kayak and the kids can be in the canoe. Even though we all fit now, we won’t all fit as they grow. I’ve been keeping my eye on this one right here. It’s bright orange and pretty decently priced.

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#6 Pick blackberries when they’re in season

Probably the best ever fun activity. Too bad blackberry season doesn’t last forever. We have tons of bushes around our campground. The kids and my husband picked enough that we were able to make a blackberry cobbler.

But, that was it sadly. The birds and other animals cleaned the blackberries out and we haven’t seen a blip since.

#7 Go to the Zoo

We’ve wanted to go to the Audobon Zoo and Aquarium down in New Orleans for a little while now. My husband recently checked out how much it would cost, and that sealed the deal. We didn’t go.

It would cost us $160 as a family to go to the Zoo and Aquarium in New Orleans. That is insane for 4 people. That doesn’t include gas to get down there, food while there or any souvenirs. Crazy.

We’re going to stick to the zoo here in town. It might be a little small, but it has a splash pad and some pretty cool animals.

My husband wants to plan and save to go to the New Orleans Zoo and Aquarium. So we’re going to do that. We can call it a mini-vacation. Maybe we can rent a place down in the French Quarter and ride on the riverboat too.

#8 Go to the beach

Summer is a great time to go to the beach. But, we could go to the beach here near year round. It’s typically not that cold on the gulf where we are. We’re hoping to make more beach trips though. They love finding little crabs and shells on the beach.

I get worried about them getting in the water. I have this fear that the undertow will take them away. Maybe I’m just being irrational -_-.

In any case, the beach, for us, is a great way for the kids to have fun. Don’t forget your umbrellas for shade when you go!

#9 Watch the C-17 land and take off

Since we live on a military post that has an airstrip we like to take the kids to the outside of the end of the runway. We stand outside the fence and watch as the C-17 comes in for a landing and then watch them take off too.

It’s kind of a cool feeling and really cool to experience.

I know that not everyone will have this luxury, but if you live near an airport that has military aircraft it might be a great family field trip you could plan.

#10 Play cardgames

Card games are something we use for education and fun. We try to work in a little math when we play games like Uno or just regular cards. My son does the math and my daughter is identifying numbers.

It’s a great way to have family fun and knock out some education at the same time.

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#11 Start a fire and roast marshmallows (or just the fire)

I love a good fire and so do my kids. I have to watch them though because they’re both little pyromaniacs. They love some fire. Unfortunately, they get it honest.

They will gather the sticks and my husband lights the fire. Then we’ll roast marshmallows if we have them. We try not to give the kids sweets too much though.

Thankfully, they’re not upset when we just have a fire. I think it’s partially because they love fire.

#12 Help water the container garden

We’re trying our hand at container gardening this year. Our kids helped us make potting soil, plant the little plants, and help us water them on a daily basis. Each day we check them for new flowers or ripe tomatoes.

I think we’re also going have peppers, cucumbers and some squash. The kids get excited when something new pops up. It’s so funny to see their reactions when they run over to tell us about it.

Even if you’re planting one or two plants it’s great to get them involved in the action.

#13 Play with their toys

This is kind of an obvious one. Kids can play with their toys in the RV without causing too much strain. Sure your RV might get a little dirty, but since it’s a small space it can be cleaned really quick.

Don’t get upset if the area gets dirty. Let their imagination run wild and have a little fun.

Our kids know they have to pick up their toys once they’re done. Keeps the area clean and we’re all happy.

#14 Build lego castles with mom and dad

The kids both received legos for Christmas. We break those out and have castle building contests. Or, we’ll build spaceships. That is unless the kids try to break ours. Which happens a good bit of time.

They’re big on crashing things, so if we build it they like to tear it apart giggling and laughing the whole time.

It makes for a big fun time for all of us.

#15 Play in a kiddie pool for fun!

Since it’s getting warmer we’ve been using their sandbox as a kiddie pool. It’s just deep enough that they can splash around and get wet. They love to splash so it’s worked well.

We’ll be upgrading to one of those plastic pools, but for now the sandbox has worked wonderfully. They actually told us they didn’t want another “pool”. But, I’m sure if we bought one they’d play in it too.

What ways do you have fun in an RV with your kids?

I’d love to hear how you’re having fun with your kids while living in an RV. We like to try different things every now and then. Also, if we can find new things to keep the kids from getting bored that helps too ;).


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