So Stacy Tornio sent a copy of her (and Ken Keffer’s) new book to me a few weeks ago. I’ve been reading through it ever since. So many ideas (448 to be exact)! So well organized! She’s giving away autographed copies of this book, as well as kids CLIF bars (Zbars) through the end of April. Having read through much of this book, I highly recommend you sign yourself up for the giveaway.
Let me tell you.
These guys get it. Their book tallies up the essence of outdoor parenting blogs everywhere. This is from the introduction: “Nature is a destination, but you don’t have to travel anywhere to find it. Just open the door and step outside. The tiniest of porches can house a flower container. A backyard can provide a lifetime of natural experiences. Nature is everywhere….” This book is perfect for first time moms, as a really awesome baby shower gift, and for those who wish they did more things outside but aren’t sure how to start.
Stacy and Ken have put together a book brimming with ways to enjoy the outdoors with your kids. Ranging from super simple (#22 spring: splash in a puddle) to major adventures (#7 summer: harvest honey or #13 spring: take a river trip), this book is inspiring and all-encompassing. What’s more, you don’t have to live in the country to take advantage of the ideas they lay out.
They’ve split the activities up among the four seasons, though there’s definitely some overlap. For each item on their checklists (50 per season), they include basic ‘how-to’ information, an extra challenge to make it more interesting, and they end with a fascinating fact (for example, did you know that they bob for apples in Scotland too, but that they call it Dooking? I wish we called it Dooking here… #19 fall) I love that the activities range from high-energy (#23 summer: roll down a hill like a log) to more thoughtful and less active (#9 spring: listen to the night sounds).
In addition to 448 kid-sized adventures, each season highlights several destinations that are seasonally appropriate (e.g. lakes, public gardens, national wildlife refuges), games you may not have tried, recipes and food suggestions, and projects to try (I’m definitely going to have to try twig art–is this another use of a stick? I think so…). AND as if that wasn’t enough, they include web addresses to sites with more information, and they maintain a wonderful blog with more ideas, more information, and links to other interesting sites.
Other bloggers have been highlighting this book for the last few weeks. If you want to see the book in action, check out this post on mothing (#21 summer), this one on feeding birds up close (#16 winter), and this recap of creating a nature journal (a spring project).
Do you really have to do these things before you grow up??? I’m hoping not…