The National Trust and Nosy Crow have produced some lovely books of late, with a view to encouraging children to explore nature. And these two are no exception, both of which we took on holidays and they proved extremely useful whilst camping in the wilds of Devon and Cornwall!
Go Wild in the Woods An Adventure Handbook by Goldie Hawk & Rachael Saunders and Out and About Night Explorer by Robin Swift and Sara Lynn Cramb are two brilliant books for children who want to know more about the outside world. And what better time to explore than during summer? With a few weeks left of the holidays these books might just be the answer for those of you looking for something different to do!
I really love this! The Complete Night Explorer’s Kit is a fantastic package with a cute little backpack for small hands; a map of the night sky (both hemispheres); a set of glow in the dark star stickers; a little torch and of course, a book Out and About Night Explorer.
We took the whole thing camping and our youngest (aged 7 almost 8) loved it! We attempted to use the night sky map but cloud cover meant we couldn’t – however we will definitely try again. The book itself is full of information about nocturnal creatures from owls to mini beasts as well as night time plant life. There are helpful hints so you can find wildlife with suggestions such as keeping an eye out for animal poo (which of course my son found hilarious!) and how to spot animal tracks.
The book also has some great activities whatever the season or time of day, which reinforces the fun to be had being involved with nature and how to help Great British wildlife. I particularly liked the ideas for building a hedgehog feeding place in the garden.
There are colourful illustrations throughout, a useful index, a quiz and even night time games suggestions. All in all this is a great book for encouraging intrepid young explorers and their parents to take a closer look at the world around them! It would make a great gift and is perfect for ages 5+ (younger children will need to share the reading with an adult or older sibling).
Find out more at www.nosycrow.com
Go Wild in the Woods An Adventure Handbook is a similar idea but for older children aged 8+. It’s a lovely pocket sized book that aims to help children stay safe in the woods, but also discover all the magic nature has to offer with advice for everything from building dens, to how to tie knots to foraging for food and cooking over a campfire!
The book invites children to get to know the outdoors and introduces map reading skills and all important survival skills such as finding water. Think Bear Grylls! The lovely illustrations give it a story book feel and perfectly capture the joy of discovering nature with friends and family.
I particularly liked that there’s a really useful glossary and ultimate survival kit guide with sensible suggestions of what you might need to take when exploring in the woods. We made use of this on some of our day trips! As a young girl I was fortunate to be raised in the countryside and spent hours every day exploring, climbing trees and making camps. I would have found this book so useful then too!
Go Wild in the Woods is a celebration of the wonder of nature with practical ideas that will help children make the most of the outdoors, whilst staying safe. And I suspect many parents and carers will appreciate the hints and tips too! Well timed for summer, this book would be a great addition to the holiday backpack and give children loads of ideas of things to do outside.
Find out more at www.nosycrow.com.
With thanks to Nosy Crow for sending me these books to review.