- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Lonely Planet (16 April 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1787017729
- ISBN-13: 978-1787017726
- Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 2 x 28.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 953 g
- Customer Reviews: 87 customer ratings
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Come and meet the Wild Things, the fantastical creatures of the natural world – and your imagination! It’s time to get outside and get creative with this spellbinding book packed full of magical outdoor activities. Learn how to track dragons, create fairy fashions, brew magic potions, build snow unicorns, discover trolls, and go on spooky nighttime adventures. It’s time to unlock the magical power of nature!
- Encourages children to get inspired and make use of the natural world around them
- Natural craft activities themed on mythical creatures
- Opportunities to dress up and get creative in the outdoors
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I work outdoors a lot and recently used some of these ideas for looking for signs of dragons in the woods. I'd never thought to look at where dragons might have scratched their nails on the bark (although we'd searched for stony dragon eggs before I bought this book). Such a simple idea yet I'd never thought to do it. Children were really inspired to look for more signs of dragons and I never thought to actually turn whole fallen trees in to dragons by adding stones stuck on with clay to make teeth. We usually just make faces on trees with clay. So, this book really gets you thinking about doing things a different way, to what you might do normally. Originally, I was going to give it a 4 because I didn't feel many of the ideas were original or that I hadn't thought of them or used them before but I really liked how the writers had extended these ideas so you can take them further and not just say- oh look, that tree looks like a dragon. I can now say, that tree looks like a dragon, lets make it look even more like a dragon by sticking some stone teeth on it with clay!
This would be a great book for people with little or no experience of making playing outdoors more fun. but it's also not bad for the more experienced outdoor practitioner either, who may be looking to refresh some outdoor topics or themes that you may have done many times over. The more I read this book, the more I like it and discover things I hadn't noticed before.
There are stunning photographs, and some of them have magical scenes and creatures beautifully drawn in, to hint at how children might be (or could be) imagining the world around them. The book is packed with wonderful ideas for arts, crafts, and adventures outside. The ideas for making mini-worlds full of elves and fairies, magical potions (all made with natural materials), have already kept my kids entertained for hours. Imagining monsters and seeing nature in new ways made our last walk through the woods so much more fun and less whiny!
Sometimes books of outdoor activities seem like they were written just for the parents, but this book is so much fun for kids to look at, so full of imagination, and at the same time so practical: I really haven't seen another book like it!
The hardback cover makes it extra special, the drawings inside and so many new ideas (I have a lot of booking in things to do with children!). I just love it.