Wild Days: Outdoor Play for Young Adventurers

GMC. May 2021. 160p. ISBN 9781784945831. pap. $24.95. CHILD REARING
In this guide to outdoor play for the whole family, Irvine (an outdoor learning teacher for over 20 years and former forestry educator) offers ideas for treasure hunts, stargazing, leaf printing, making a rope swing, and more. It begins with a section on behaving responsibly outdoors and an intro to tools and crafting skills. The rest is divided into chapters on activities: “Making” (e.g., mandala leaf art, windchimes, and twig picture prints); “Games and Stories” (an ancient tree hunt, treasure hunts, and sound mapping); and “Exploring” (identifying plants, reading tree rings, forest bathing, and more). There’s also a page of other resources for activities and further reading. To serve marginalized communities that might have little access or unsafe access to the outdoors, libraries might need to seek supplemental resources.
VERDICT In full color, with step-by-step instructions, Irvine’s guide will no doubt inspire hours of fun outside.
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