Monday, 14 May 2018

Review: '101 Fun Outdoor Activities For Children' by Fiona Bird

What glorious weather we're having at the moment! After a few false starts Spring has finally sprung and it feels like Summer is just waiting in the wings now. One lovely side effect of this is that the kids have been playing in the garden much more. Ezra, a typical toddler, is more than happy to potter around and get messy even in cold weather, but Eleanor is quite sensitive to the cold so needs coaxing out most of the time. It's been a joy to see her enjoying being outdoors in the past couple of weeks. She even played football in the rain this weekend!!

I used to be a really outdoorsy kid but sadly I grew out of it and I do find outdoor play hard. So I was really happy when we recently won 101 Fun Outdoor Activities For Children by Fiona Bird in a Toppsta giveaway. As the title suggests, it's got bags of inspiration!


What I love about this book is that the activities have a wide range of challenge level - some of the ideas, like mud pies and Pooh Sticks, are easily achieveable with smaller children and can give them a sense of accomplishment that they can 'tick off' some of the activities very quickly, or even before they look through the book.


But then there are also more complex activities to challenge older children, or to use up more time - craft activities using both natural and recycled materials. Eleanor is very interested in the idea of making natural dyes. I suspect that may be a bit messy but might have to swallow my hatred of mess and give it a try!


The activities also cover a range of seasons and locations, so wherever you are, whatever time of year it is, chances are you'll find a suitable activity. I'm gutted that we forgot to take it to the beach with us when we went over the May Day weekend, but that just gives us an excuse to have another day trip to the beach in the summer!!


I was dubious about some of the activities. Some crafts suggested using plastic bottles or carrier bags, and while reusing is great, I worry about leaving plastic objects outside, possibly to get blown away or cause problems for wildlife. I have to admit the plastic bottle slug catcher was tempting though! Eleanor was a bit bothered by a suggestion of making itching powder and tricking friends with it, we both agreed that didn't seem like a nice thing to do. But with so many other ideas, it's easy enough to skip over the ones we're not keen on.

If you're looking for outdoor inspiration now that the weather is picking up I thoroughly recommend this book. I'm looking forward to working our way through as many activities as possible this summer!

Linking up with #ReadWithMe hosted by Mama Mummy Mum and Kids Love To Read #KLTR hosted by Laura's Lovely Blog and The Inspiration Edit.


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12 comments:

  1. 101 Fun Outdoor Activities For Children sounds like a really great book to inspire children to have fun outside. I find that books like these remind me of childhood activities that I have often forgotten about, I used to love making mud pies!

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    1. I don't remember ever making mud pie but my 6 year old loves to!

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  2. This looks like a wonderful book. I always struggle to think of things outside with my girls. This sounds so helpful x

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    1. There are loads of ideas so bound to be some suitable ones for older kids. Not that older kids can't make mud pies and play Pooh sticks, of course!!

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  3. This would be a good book for everyone to have, get kids outside and away from technology and sometimes even adults need help with ideas on what to do #readwithme

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    1. I definitely need help with ideas, I think I've forgotten all the fun I used to have outside as a kid!

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  4. I could really fancy this one. I so want to get my children and myself out and about more #ReadWithMe

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    1. It's a really good resource for families, so much inspiration!

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  5. This sounds like a great book. My own kids are a bit old for it now, but I think my niece and nephew could get years of fun out of it!

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  6. I always find it hard to think of things to do outside during the winter as I hate the cold so I would definitely be reaching for a book like this for inspiration!
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  7. I like you am not so good at outdoor activities, so I think this book would be a great addition to my bookshelf! #KLTR

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  8. We love activities outside and have to agree that it's so important that we teach our children to be environmentally friendly too. #KLTR

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