New book: Learning with Nature: A how-to guide to inspiring children through outdoor games and activities
Learning with Nature is full of fun activities and games to get your children outdoors, to explore, have fun, make things and learn about nature and help them grow up happy and healthy.
Suitable for groups of children aged between 3 and 16, the graded activities help children develop:
• Key practical and social skills
• Awareness of their place in the world
• Respect for the natural world all while enjoying the great outdoors.
Written by experienced Nature educators and Forest School practitioners, using tried and tested games and activities, it provides comprehensive information for enriching childrens’ learning through nature. The games and activities are clearly categorized, with step-by-step instructions, age guide, a list of resources needed, and invisible learning points.
This book is a unique must-have resource for families, schools, youth groups and anyone working with children.
It includes sections on: caretaking, games, activities through the seasons, wild facts, tool safety, survival and wild foraging.
“This book offers a chance to the youth of today and the nature of tomorrow. It has a wealth of structured, tried and tested projects, ideas and games all designed to allow children to breathe fresh air and engage personally with a real world where their minds and bodies can develop and bloom, burst into life and inspire them to love life.”
Chris Packham, March 2014
“Children naturally explore and experiment. It’s part of feeling fully alive, whether this is poking around in streams, climbing trees, or mixing ingredients. Things can sometimes go wrong. But statistically, the chance of anything going seriously wrong is vanishingly small, and the risks can be managed through taking a thoughtful, balanced approach. What is more, these adventurous behaviours lead to all kinds of benefits. These include hardwiring the brain, building and maintaining resilience and in an uncertain world, helping children to be able to manage their choices and grow their capacity to take healthy risks.”