Make it Wild!: 101 Things to Make and Do Outdoors

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Make it Wild! shows how children can enjoy the endless opportunities offered by wild places. Looking at what nature has to offer, they explore the potential of diverse raw materials such as snow, leaves, and sticks and suggest how to work with them. The book demonstrates how to use nature's free, renewable resources to make anything from a clay monster to an ice lantern or flaming balloons. Making things outdoors involves creativity and imagination, as well as learning how to solve practical problems, how to ...
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Overview


Make it Wild! shows how children can enjoy the endless opportunities offered by wild places. Looking at what nature has to offer, they explore the potential of diverse raw materials such as snow, leaves, and sticks and suggest how to work with them. The book demonstrates how to use nature's free, renewable resources to make anything from a clay monster to an ice lantern or flaming balloons. Making things outdoors involves creativity and imagination, as well as learning how to solve practical problems, how to work together, the need to see a process through from start to finish, and the safe use of potentially dangerous tools — all of which help children acquire the skills they need to cope with the world and develop a commonsense understanding of the way it works.
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Parents have a lot of competition when it comes to luring their kids outdoors: SpongeBob, Wii and today’s toy du jour. “Flaming Balloons” just might do the trick. They are made from bamboo and rice paper, with a small candle attached at the base; the rising hot hair lifts it up to the sky (tether lanterns for safety.) Make it Wild! 101 things to Make and Do Outdoors by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield entices kids to be creative with their natural environment all year long. We can’t wait to try: Outdoor Ice Lanterns, Flaming Night Boats, Withy Lanterns, and Sand Silhouettes.
This is not your average craft book. Beautiful photographs accompany detailed descriptions for each distinctive project. Children (and adults!) are encouraged to think for themselves and make their creations their own. They learn to take risks, work together and discover new uses for natural resources.
This should hold their attention until they’re old enough to discover Facebook.
Let the wild rumpus start!—Urban Baby

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780711228856
  • Publisher: Lincoln, Frances Limited
  • Publication date: 5/25/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jo Schofield gained a degree in psychology from Exeter University and began her career working for an educational psychologist in London. After getting involved in the production of a film, she went on to work in the creative department of a TV advertising agency where she began taking still photographs. This led on to her becoming a commercial photographer in Australia and then London. She worked mainly for national editorial magazines such as Country Living. When her children were small she worked in Watlington Primary School and the Dragon school in Oxford, applying her creative knowledge to the classroom with children aged 6-9 years. More recently she has been focusing on writing and photographing for a series of books with co-author Fiona Danks. Jo lives near Watlington in Oxfordshire.Through their website www.goingwild.net Jo and Fiona provide more ideas for outdoor activities and an opportunity for debate on the importance of real world adventures for all young people.For more information on how to encourage children to go outdoors, visit Jo and Fiona's website click hereJo Schofield gained a degree in psychology from Exeter University and began her career working for an educational psychologist in London. After getting involved in the production of a film, she went on to work in the creative department of a TV advertising agency where she began taking still photographs. This led on to her becoming a commercial photographer in Australia and then London. She worked mainly for national editorial magazines such as Country Living. When her children were small she worked in Watlington Primary School and the Dragon school in Oxford, applying her creative knowledge to the classroom with children aged 6-9 years. More recently she has been focusing on writing and photographing for a series of books with co-author Fiona Danks. Jo lives near Watlington in Oxfordshire.Through their website www.goingwild.net Jo and Fiona provide more ideas for outdoor activities and an opportunity for debate on the importance of real world adventures for all young people.For more information on how to encourage children to go outdoors, visit Jo and Fiona's website click here
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2011

    Don't mind hands on art and love the outdoors? Get it!

    Offers a plethora ideas for curing the Last Child in the Woods syndrome!

    Excellent instructions, inspiring, versatile. Yes, adult supervision often required. Who cares? Get your hands on the art too? Teaches life lessons about stewardship and that sometimes the process is more important than the result.

    Good for art teachers and parents. Libraries should have this book. Great gift book for kids, as long as you know the parents aren't neat freaks. My seven year old is beyond thrilled that we found this at the library.

    It really is about family and group effort and utilizing that which is around us.

    Now I have some ideas for using all the kudzu that is growing everywhere in our Smoky Mountains!

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