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Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids [Kindle Edition]

Rebecca P. Cohen
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Book Description

What if you got outside every day, and what if you could get your kids to come along? It sounds modest, but the effects, as dynamic outdoor spokesperson Rebecca Cohen herself can testify, are profound. This inspiring collection of activities gives families an idea for every day of the year, requiring little planning, no expertise and relatively little resources (time, cash, or patience!), no matter where they live. Simple and inspiring, this book is bursting with hundreds of easy ways to get your family out into nature a little bit every day.

Editorial Reviews


"Every parent wants to keep their kids healthy, but it often feels like a struggle. Rebecca's imaginative and fun ideas help even city dwellers like me take the 15-minutes a day challenge."
Frances Largeman-Roth, RD, senior editor at Health magazine and author of Feed the Belly: The Pregnant Mom's Healthy Eating Guide

About the Author

Rebecca P. Cohen is a gardening and outdoor lifestyle expert whose mission is to inspire people to get off the couch and discover how simple it can be to incorporate an active, outdoor lifestyle into a busy schedule. The mother of two small children, Rebecca incorporates the outdoors into every aspect of life, bringing invaluable tips and inspiration into her product lines, television segments, and website, Rebecca is the National Wildlife Federation's Be Out There™ Spokesmom.

Product Details

  • File Size: 433 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402254369
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (March 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NNVI2Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,792 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new best friend! March 21, 2011
Review originally posted on MoanaSaves (dot) com
"What if I got outside every single day, and what if I could get my kids to come along? It would be easier to pull this off in the middle of summer, but what if we did it all year round, no matter what the weather was like?"

These are Rebecca Cohen's words in the introduction to her book 15 Minutes Outisde, 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids. At the time when Rebecca had this outdoorsy idea she and her husband had demanding corporate jobs and it seemed the moments she was at home were spent indoors rushing from one demand to the next, leaving her at the end of the day feeling exhausted and unfulfilled in regards to time spent with her children. Well, I'm not a working mom but I can definitely relate with the life of running around without really spending time with my kids outside.

After reading this book I think I can honestly say that it's my new best friend. 365 ideas of how to spend meaningful time with my kids outside? This translates to: 1) bonding time with my children 2) cleaner house because we're outside! 3) getting the wiggles out 4) great health benefits 5) increased appreciation of nature 6) low to no cost entertainment ... and the list goes on and on. This book's worth is priceless!

Last week was spring break and I took the opportunity to try a few of the book's ideas on my kids. Our first favorite was "get to know a tree" where one person closes their eyes and another leads them to a tree where they use their sensory skills (excluding sight) to observe the tree. That person is then led to a central location where they open their eyes and try to guess what tree they touched. My kids loved trying to fool Mommy with this fun activity.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy outdoor fun! March 18, 2011
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I'm somewhat surprised at how useful this book has been to me. How hard is it to think of things to do outside? But I love that I can flip through it quickly (by month and day) and see quick, easy to pull off activities for my family. I'm a strong believer in getting kids outside, but live a busy life (like most everyone) and don't always make time for the outdoors. Already this week, we've planted peas, onions and spinach, pulled on rain boots and splashed in melting snow and took a walk in our small creek. And you know what? Rebecca is right, outdoors time is like a release valve for our family. We all are in a better mood, with just a small amount of time outside. Thanks!
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Much Fun August 10, 2011
We are having such a great time with some of the ideas in this book. I picked it up off of the library shelf on a whim and was captivated. I decided just to try inviting my kids to do the activities with me every day instead of nagging them to turn off the t.v. The ideas are simple, and inexpensive, often things you could have thought of yourself, but didn't. It's nice to have a quick list to look out so you don't have to plan anything or be creative when you are busy. Fifteen minutes is so achievable. I thought my kids would drag their feet and want to stay inside because they are addicted to electronics but I think I underestimated how much they wanted to spend time with me. Every day they ask me "Hey mom can we spend 15 minutes outside today?" Once we are outside, the neighbor kids come over to play and the fifteen minutes turns into hours, even if I go back inside to do what I need to do after a while. I am really glad I found this book when I did before their childhood slips away.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get out of the House and Enjoy the Great Outdoors July 2, 2012
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Fifteen Minutes Outside is a book dedicated to families who want to spend more time outside and are looking for some simple, creative ways to have fun in the great outdoors. The book lists ideas for each day of the year, in chronological order, and it serves as a good reference for those parents who want to do something but could use a quick reference to generate ideas.

Most of us are fully aware that children do not play outdoors the way they did in the past. Television, computers, electronic games, and other things have taken the place of physical activity and the health consequences are obvious. Adults are often equally bad, watching television or spending excess hours online when they could be enjoying some outdoor time with the family. This book aims to get you and the kids out of the home and into contact with the great outdoors and it has enough suggestions to keep you and the family busy for a very long time.

I agree that everyone should try to spend more time outdoors and as I read the different ideas presented in this guide, I noticed a few things. For one, some of the ideas require certain, specific materials that some families may not have available and may require making a small purchase. However, others are cost and trouble free and involve nothing more than walking outside and playing a game, picking a plant, or gathering leaves. The majority of the ideas involve no expenditures- all you need is access to a lawn, trees, flowers, etc., and the physical ability to get to them.

Most of the ideas presented in this book are obvious and I like that the author took the time to come up with a different activity for each day of the year.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift idea
Love the simple ideas in this book. Have given several as gifts for parents and teachers. Love.
Published 1 month ago by Beach Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars 365 mostly great ideas.
This book is a list of 365 days of activities to do with children outdoors (Duh!) It is divided by seasons, months and days, and though not all activities are appropriate for all... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jack96
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked the book
I liked the book. It was primarily focused on small children I was looking for more on teens. But I work with young families and have recommended it to them.
Published 4 months ago by Robyn Corwin
5.0 out of 5 stars I bought this for my son nd his wife. ...
I bought this for my son nd his wife. If therre was anyone who would this book I knew they would.
Published 5 months ago by Linda Cooper-smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lots of fun ideas in this great book! A must for parents!
Published 5 months ago by Crystal
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas!
I really love this book. I bought it because I know I should get my kids outside more, but sometimes I run out of ideas. This book is great for that! Read more
Published 8 months ago by texasmama
3.0 out of 5 stars not impressed
Not exactly what I was hoping this book would be. I've read some ideas and have yet to use them. Oh well, I win some, I lose some.
Published 9 months ago by Laurie J. Kaiser
5.0 out of 5 stars Really like it
I love the ideas in this book! My son has loved all the activities we've tried so far, and I love doing them with him. It's like an adventure together! Great purchase.
Published 11 months ago by Firefly
3.0 out of 5 stars Not blown away
I love the idea of this book but nothing in it was new for me, the ideas were all pretty obvious. Perhaps this book is directed at those unaccustomed to spending time outside and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by M
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever ideas
This is not only a good resource for kids, it is great for anyone who works with people. Adaptable to any age.
Published 12 months ago by Alice M. Steuck Konkel
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More About the Author

Rebecca P. Cohen believes time outside transforms our lives for the better. Rebecca is author of the new children's book series PJ's Backyard Adventures, as well as author 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids, and creator of Rebecca Plants Curiosity Cards. She is also host of the video series, Get Out of the House, which shows fun ideas for time outside in every season. For Rebecca's inspiring blog and free downloads, visit

Search 'Curiosity Cards' on Amazon for Rebecca's companion tool to her books.


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