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The Big Book of 100 Outdoor Activities | Book Review

The Children’s Book Review | March 6, 2019

The Big Book of 100 Outdoor ActivitiesThe Big Book of 100 Outdoor Activities

Written by Laura Minter and Tia Williams

Age Range: 7-10

Publisher: GMC Publications (2018)

ISBN: 978-1-78494-404-9

What to Expect: Crafts, Science, Nature, Interactive Projects.

Schools seem to have an endless repertoire of busy-bee activities to keep their young charges occupied and engaged: kids come home laden with finger paintings, play-dough sculptures, tooth-pick bridges, mobiles made from astonishing amounts of construction paper and string, and all manner of breakfast-cereal jewelry.  For parents, however, it can feel more challenging to keep these busy minds – so accustomed to being entertained by well-thought-out activities – well … busy. The Big Book of 100 Outdoor Activities not only provides a wealth of such activities but – even better – it situates them outside, keeping the living-room carpet blissfully free of glue.

Written by two real-life mothers with years of hands-on experience as well as blogging fame, The Big Book of 100 Outdoor Activities covers everything from make-believe to crafting, with a sprinkling of education hidden carefully where it won’t be easily noticed by school-weary children.  For example, one activity involving the planting of seeds in newspaper pots quietly introduces the word “biodegradable” (p. 29), while children making the “Floral Crown” (p. 136) come away with the names “gypsophila” and “gerbera” alongside the better-known daisies and dandelions.  Activities such as making a feather-print cards, making clay snails, and growing your own pizza toppings also encourage readers to get up-close-and-personal with nature, fueling creativity and creative problem-solving as they become comfortable with the unpredictable and un-sanitized outside world. Enjoy browsing through this on rainy days or school-nights, and face that next long stretch of weekend fueled and prepped for an exciting day out.

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About the Authors

Laura Minter and Tia Williams started Little Button Diaries, their crafting and baking blog, in 2013 to show that having children doesn’t mean you have to stop doing the things you love. They have won various awards and are based in Brighton, Sussex, UK.

The Big Book of 100 Outdoor Activities, written by Laura Minter and Tia Williams, was reviewed by Dr. Jen Harrison. Discover more books like The Big Book of 100 Outdoor Activities by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with , and .

Jen Harrison currently teaches English Composition and Composition Skills at East Stroudsburg University. She completed her PhD in Children's and Victorian Literature at Aberystwyth University in Wales, in the UK. There she also acted as an instructor teaching undergraduate courses on literature and literary theory, as well as further education courses on Children's Literature and Creative Writing. After a brief spell in administration, Jen then trained as a secondary school English teacher, and worked for several years teaching Secondary School English, working independently as a private tutor of English, and working in nursery and primary schools as a substitute teacher. After moving from the UK to the USA in 2016, Jen is very happy to have returned to higher education. Her current research focuses on three primary areas in the field of children’s literature: reader-writer relationships, thing-theory, and the supernatural; she is a reviewer for the International Research Society for the Study of Children’s Literature (IRSCL), as well as the Children's Book Review. Jen also writes an academic blog on Children's Literature, Worrisome Words: http://quantum.esu.edu/faculty/jharrison/. You can also find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.harrison.73594

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