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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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: 5/1/2014
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (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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