It’s very easy, with rules and regulation, for school children to spend much of their class time… indoors.  This book is full of ideas to get kids to experience and enjoy being outside… and help adults stuck for what to do! Tried-and-true activities cover: gardening (the author is a horticulturalist); things to do at dawn and dusk; park activities; windy and (all importantly) rainy days; in addition to more summery activities. The sections could have been more clearly marked, since they are only obvious in the contents.

Most of the images are colour drawings and do their job, but real photos could have helped in some cases to show what something such as a potted fruit might look like in the flesh. In the activities themselves, ‘you will need’ lists, safety warnings and top tips are used consistently. A colour code system would have been useful. A list of useful websites ends this good resource.

Recommended for any parent, teacher, or even a student who wants to know ‘where do I begin?’

Anne Peters

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Outdoor Wonderland: The Kids’ Guide to Being Outside Josie Jeffery; ISBN 978-1-78240-082-0; Ivy Kids, 2015