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Books to Get Kids Outside

1st April 2020

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With lockdown restrictions, screen-time and temperamental British weather, it can be a struggle to get the kids outside but the fresh air and change of scene can work wonders. Here are a few of our favourite books to give you some tips on how to get children to take more notice of their surroundings and take an interest in nature.

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2020-06-12
Books to Get Kids Outside
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Woodland and Forest: Explore Nature with Fun Facts and Activities

A fantastic first book on forests, this book is ideal for children eager to explore the woodlands of the world.

From cold coniferous forests to dry deciduous woodland, children can discover everything about trees and the creatures who live in them, including birds, gorillas, butterflies, and many more. Learn about the different types of forests that exist around the world, such as the Amazon Rainforest in South America and mangrove forests in Asia.

With exciting activities, including bark rubbing, and plenty of fun facts, Nature Explorers: Woodland and Forest is the perfect book for children curious about forests and woodlands.

About the series:

The Nature Explorers series is a fantastic first set of books on the great outdoors for children aged 6 to 8.

From birds, to weather, to the seashore, and more, the key topics of each subject are explained with plenty of fun activities to do along the way, encouraging kids to investigate and record everything they see.

Fully updated with a contemporary design, DK's Nature Explorers series is perfect for kids who are curious about the world outside and want to discover nature.

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The Anti-boredom Book of Brilliant Outdoor Things To Do

Say goodbye to boredom with this fantastic outdoor boredom buster book! From the hilarious Andy Seed, Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 for Best Books with Facts comes the fantastically busy Anti-boredom Book of Brilliant Outdoor Things to do. The outdoors are boring right? Wrong! Not when you've got Andy Seed's Anti-boredom Book of Brilliant Outdoor Things to do! Suitable for all seasons, find out how to set bug traps, create a rainbow, construct an amazing summer slide and much, much more! But what about those rainy summer days we hear you cry? Not a problem! This book also includes awesome indoor activities about the outdoors for rainy days. Design your own mini parachute, create the worlds most amazing frisbee, or create a bird feeder to keep your feathered friends well fed! A brilliant book bursting with amazing outdoor activities that will have you running for the door! Packed full of hilarious illustrations from the wonderful Scott Garrett, this book will keep you entertained for hours on end! Andy Seed's laugh-out-loud 'Anti-boredom' series has something for everyone! A seemingly endless car journey to visit your long lost aunty? Andy's got an activity for that! A boring rainy afternoon stuck indoors? Andy's got a joke for that! A dull holiday with no one to play with? Andy's got a game for that! Say goodbye to your boredom blues with Andy Seed's fantastic range of Anti-boredom books!

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The Woodland Trust: Into The Forest

The world is rich with marvellous forests and amazing communities of plants, animals, fungi and minute creatures that populate them. Learn all about the woods, experience each sound and smell and explore all the hidey-holes and cosy dens of its dwellers with this big and beautiful book all about forests, published in partnership with The Woodland Trust, the largest woodland conservation charity in the UK. Marvel at the peaceful twilight of the deciduous forest, where birds gather twigs, bats shelter in tree trunks and the carpet of fallen leaves becomes small creatures' homes. Spot a bald eagle soaring high up in the winter sky through the towering green giants of the redwood forest. Discover all the noises in the Amazonian rainforest, where most creatures live in the tree canopy together, creating a symphony of sounds. Each forest has something special to offer and is invaluable. Into the Forest is a celebration of trees and wildlife all around the world. Children will find out how trees change colour through seasons, how to plant their own trees and the importance of protecting our forests through sustainability.

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The Usborne Outdoor Book

This is a great book full of inspiring ideas to encourage children to put down their gadgets and explore the great outdoors. This book has lots and lots of activities to do outdoors, wherever you are or whatever the weather - by the sea or on a riverbank, in the woods, in your garden, when it's sunny or raining, or even at night. Activities include making a shelter from branches and leaves, going on a night time nature walk, marking out trails to follow, making your own map, exploring a rock pool, and even cooking on a campfire. Illustrations: Full colour throughout

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A Walk Through Nature: A Clover Robin Peek-Through Book


Our natural world transforms
every day and month and year.
But if we don't take time to look,
wonders fade and disappear...

A first book of nature that encourages young readers to pause and notice when flowers bloom, discover why leaves change colour and learn how birds build intricate nests.

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Wild Things

Have you ever wanted to find fairies in the garden, meet a unicorn, ride a dragon or share a picnic with a mermaid? Just because you've never seen these magical creatures doesn't mean they don't exist!

The Wild Things of stories and the imagination are everywhere, but they're shy, secretive, sometimes camouflaged and only reveal themselves to true believers.

This fantastical guidebook will help you track dragons, create fairy fashions, brew magic potions, build snow unicorns, discover trolls and go on night hunts to capture moon magic. Search forests, meadows, fields, ponds, rivers and the seaside, as well as everyday places like school playgrounds, local parks or among the pots on the patio.

You can discover the mysteries of nature all year round and at any time of day or night. So switch your imagination on, use your senses, brush up on your magic skills and take a giant leap into the world of the Wild Things .

Activities include:

  • Tracking dragons
  • Creating fairy fashions
  • Brewing magic potions
  • Building snow unicorns
  • Discovering trolls
  • Capturing moon magic
  • Creating secret messages
  • Making a magical spellbook
  • Looking after the natural world
  • Designing a witches' costume
  • Creating your own broomstick
  • Making wild mini worlds
  • Bringing tree monsters to life
  • Leaving trails of monster prints

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RSPB: A Day in Nature: 101 Activities Inspired by the Outdoors

Step outside, open this book and embrace the nature all around you throughout the day. A fantastic activity book to inspire half term holidays and outdoor activities as well as indoor fun for rainy days. In the morning, design your very own nature trail, seek and find caterpillars or cut out pages to make a beautiful snail shell. In the afternoon, why not make some decorative bunting for a garden party? And then find your way through the bumblebee maze or colour in a butterfly's wings. At night time, spot constellations dancing across the sky. In this beautiful interactive book illustrated by the wonderful and talented Debbie Powell, you can explore nature throughout the day - uncovering birds, bugs, plants, animals and so much more. Published in partnership with the RSPB, the largest wildlife conservation charity in Europe with over 1.2 million members and partner of Bird Life International, this book provides fun for the whole family.

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