Born to Be Wild: Hundreds of free nature activities for families

Author(s): Hattie Garlick

Mathematics & Science

Want to save cash, your child's imagination and possibly even the planet? This is the book you need. Packed with great photos of real families in the outdoors, Born to Be Wild contains easy-to-follow instructions for activities that require nothing more sophisticated than a small person's imagination and access to a little outdoor space. Nature lays on magical materials for free each season, from fallen leaves and twigs, moulted feathers, sand and shells, to mud, puddles and rain. Everything else you'll need for these activities is already hiding in your cupboards at home. No expensive art supplies of outward-bound kit required. All you need are the toolkit items at the front of the book - ordinary household essentials like scraps of paper, string, glue, recycled food containers and an empty jar or two. Along the way Hattie talks to families, organisations and communities who have rebuilt their relationships with nature with extreme or inspiring results, and she introduces scientists, psychologists and other experts who explain why, as modern families, we should revive our waning relationships with nature, whatever age or stage we're at.


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Born to Be Wild has a simple message. It's fun for families to be in the outdoors. It's easy to have that fun. And having fun outdoors needn't cost the earth.

Hattie Garlick is a former journalist for the Times, where she wrote features, comment and news, and now contributes to the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Sunday Times, the Sunday Telegraph's Stella magazine, the Financial Times magazine, and Mother and Baby magazine, as well as to Radio 4's Food programme. Hattie also interviewed all of the 100 Leading Ladies photographed by Nancy Honey for her 2014 exhibition and book. Nancy Honey has been a professional photographer for over 35 years. She loves photographing people, especially children and teenagers, who she finds refreshing, idiosyncratic and constantly inspirational. Her work has been widely published and exhibited internationally and she has received numerous awards, commissions and prizes. Her monographs include Woman to Woman 1990, Entering the Masquerade 1992, Poodle Parlour 2008 and 100 Leading Ladies 2014.

Introduction About us Ten tips The toolkit The benefits A kind of code of honour Spring Blossom Grass Earth Rivers and Streams Dandelions and Daisies Air Summer Trees Flowers Butterflies Shells and Sand Feathers Autumn Hedgerow Autumn leaves Mud Wind Acorns Mushrooms and moss Winter Puddles and rain Evergreens Snow and ice Sticks and stones Night Resources

General Fields

  • : 9781472915337
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Natural History
  • : March 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hattie Garlick
  • : Paperback
  • : 256