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Fostering an appreciation for nature and the outdoors: A book round up.

Updated: Sep 4, 2021

In this blog post we share some favorite books about the importance of nature-based play for children.

Fostering an appreciation for nature and the outdoors is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your child as they grow.

What are some of your favorite books about the importance of nature-based play for children?

🌟 How to Raise a Wild Child by Scott D. Samson 🌟

If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “Why don’t kids play outside anymore?” this is the book for you. The truth is that kids today spend almost 90% less time outdoors than the generations before them. How to Raise a Wild Child is a guide which aims to help combat this alarming statistic. Author Scott D. Samson explains the ins-and-outs of connecting your child with the natural world, providing research-backed strategies that are effective and easy to implement. This book will leave you feeling equipped and confident.

🌟 Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv 🌟

A heartbreaking trend among children and teenagers today is the disturbing increase in cases of depression, anxiety, obesity, and other similar conditions. In his book, Richard Louv identifies ‘nature-deficit disorder’ as being one of the main underlying causes of this trend, emphasising the idea that nature is an essential part of a full and healthy lifestyle. After reading Last Child in the Woods, you’ll be equipped with a deeper insight into the importance of exposure to nature during childhood years.

🌟 Balanced and Barefoot by Angela Hanscom 🌟

This is another excellent guide if you are looking for tips and practical ideas to connect your kids with nature. Written by a paediatric occupational therapist, Balanced and Barefoot homes in on the importance of movement and outdoor play. Author Angela Hanscom explains that outdoor play has become far too scarce in today’s generation of children, inviting a host of mental and physical health problems onto the scene; she offers advice on how to combat this in her light, super-readable guide that will leave you feeling enthusiastic and motivated.

🌟 There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather by Linda Åkeson McGurk 🌟

When it comes to Western culture, it’s no secret that the current and recent generations of children have moved toward a far more sedentary, screen-oriented lifestyle. The author of There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather was born and raised in Sweden, where it is commonplace for kids to spend all day outdoors - rain, hail or shine. Linda McGurk writes as a firm believer in the benefits of outdoor play. Through her personal narrative you will learn the true value of her Scandinavian philosophy: “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.”

🌟 The Green Hour by Todd Christopher 🌟

This next book is endorsed by the National Wildlife Federation and has won numerous awards for its ingenuity. The message is simple: allow your children to spend one hour per day, every day, interacting with the natural world. The guide is filled with excellent Green Hour ideas and activities to give you plenty of inspiration.

(MotherNatured) (Delray Beach Children’s Garden)

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