The Wild City Book: Loads of Things to do Outdoors in Towns and Cities

The Wild City Book: Loads of Things to do Outdoors in Towns and Cities

by Jo Schofield, Fiona Danks
     
 

You don't need to live in the country to have fun outdoors! Wild Cities is all about finding wild places in the city and making the most of opportunities to explore and enjoy all these places have to offer. You can have fun discovering city wildlife (e.g., do a bird survey from your window; build a squirrel obstacle course; make a bean home out of straws

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You don't need to live in the country to have fun outdoors! Wild Cities is all about finding wild places in the city and making the most of opportunities to explore and enjoy all these places have to offer. You can have fun discovering city wildlife (e.g., do a bird survey from your window; build a squirrel obstacle course; make a bean home out of straws; track city nocturnal animals). Using natural resources to play and invent new games (e.g., play conkers; have a game of marbles using pebbles; make your own shuttlecock from pigeon feathers and a cork)

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Wild places in cities might seem an oxymoron but England-based nature educators Schofield and Danks (coauthors, Nature's Playground; Go Wild) here suggest suitable urban wildscapes for children to explore, such as nature reserves, roof gardens, and churchyards. The 66 related activities and projects described include creating pavement storyboards and recycled bird feeders (some adult assistance is suggested for most of the listings). The excellent photographs illustrating entries are fun and inspiring, but some activities may appeal more to one gender while others need additional information (there is no recipe provided when a "dilute sugar solution" is mentioned, for example). Schofield and Danks recommend creating a "Wild City Adventure Bag" packed with string, glue, scissors, a first aid kit, and other items. All activities involving animals suggest returning them to their natural habitat after observation. Some pursuits use digital cameras or electronic devices and recommend websites for more information, including the authors' ­­ goingwild.net, which is chock-full of outdoor doings for kids. A closing section gives tips for staying safe while exploring. ­VERDICT This book will appeal to those interested in children's nature activities; however, the audience should note that the terminology and environment reflect the UK." - Library Journal

Library Journal
09/15/2014
Wild places in cities might seem an oxymoron but England-based nature educators Schofield and Danks (coauthors, Nature's Playground; Go Wild) here suggest suitable urban wildscapes for children to explore, such as nature reserves, roof gardens, and churchyards. The 66 related activities and projects described include creating pavement storyboards and recycled bird feeders (some adult assistance is suggested for most of the listings). The excellent photographs illustrating entries are fun and inspiring, but some activities may appeal more to one gender while others need additional information (there is no recipe provided when a "dilute sugar solution" is mentioned, for example). Schofield and Danks recommend creating a "Wild City Adventure Bag" packed with string, glue, scissors, a first aid kit, and other items. All activities involving animals suggest returning them to their natural habitat after observation. Some pursuits use digital cameras or electronic devices and recommend websites for more information, including the authors' goingwild.net, which is chock-full of outdoor doings for kids. A closing section gives tips for staying safe while exploring. VERDICT This book will appeal to those interested in children's nature activities; however, the audience should note that the terminology and environment reflect the UK.—Sally Bickley, William F. White, Jr. Lib., Del Mar Coll., Corpus Christi, TX

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780711234888
Publisher:
Lincoln, Frances Limited
Publication date:
05/01/2014
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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