YOUR WILD CHILD ~ BROOKE DAVIS
Full of new and interesting nature based activities for children aged 2-12 years, Your Wild Child is a beautiful, practical and easy to use book will captivate your children and encourage independent play with nature.
You will discover new ideas for outdoor play, and also find ways to bring nature indoors - perfect for those times when you're stuck inside.
Your Wild Child includes more than 150 stunning full colour photographs, accompanied by simple and easy to follow instructions. The activities can be adapted to suit your children's age and interest. Some activities may require adult assistance for younger Nature Warriors, but there are often alternatives presented for how you can provide a more or less challenging activity.
The activities are open-ended, meaning that children can use their imaginations and create dozens of things from one activity prompt. This book shows actual creations made by children and does not encourage all crafts to turn out looking the same. Instead the activities can boost creativity, problem solving and persistence. Nature play also improves fine motor skills, physical strength and coordination.
The book allows you to easily adapt the activities to suit your location. For example, if you don't have a pine cone, you can just use what you can find. This also reduces the need for craft purchases, making the activities very inexpensive to implement.
Inside the book you will find more than 20 nature play activities that are practical and easy to implement, including:
- Leaf crowns
- Nature wings
- Boats and rafts
- Stick frames
- Nature weaving
- Bug journal
- Pick up sticks
- Light catcher
- Leaf art and many more.
This book is a wonderful resource for early years and primary teachers, home schoolers, parents and grandparents seeking more nature play ideas. It's also perfect for taking camping and for school holiday play ideas.
The hardcover, full colour book measures 6" x 9" (16cm x 24cm) and is printed in Australia on local, sustainably sourced paper. It's the perfect backpack size and easy to manage with little hands.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
As a child, Brooke Davis loved climbing trees, building cubbies and watching thunderstorms roll in. As an adult, she now also enjoys observing bees collect pollen, growing her own food and sharing cups of tea with friends. In real life though, she is more often found being a snack slave to her children, reheating her cups of tea and cultivating more weeds than food in her overgrown garden.
Previous to publishing her first book in 2019, Brooke founded and ran the award-winning outdoor nature play program called Wild Imagination.
There is one fundamental question that drives her to create nature play books:
How are children going to care about the environment and look after our planet if they spend a decreasing amount of time connecting to nature?
She has published five books and has plans for many more. She hopes her books will spread the joy of nature play and inspire children to develop an authentic and long-lasting connection with nature.