Atlhough we’ve had a pretty mild Winter thus far it has still been very wet and we seem to have spent a lot of time indoors. I can’t wait for the Spring time when we can start to get out and about a bit more freely.
Released in time for February half-term, Hello Nature is a thoroughly detailed activity book with nature inspired activities for both indoors and outdoors. This book, aimed at nature enthusiasts aged 8 and over, is packed full of little nuggets of information to encourage you to get out and explore the natural world around you. From collecting pine cones for craft activities to bird watching there’s something different and exciting on every page. There are pages which are almost blank with a simple instruction for you to “Fill these pages with patterns you have noticed in nature”, pages which encourage you to collect feathers to stick in the book, colouring pages, activity suggestions such as making “sailing vessels out of leaves, twigs, shells and driftwood” – something for every season.
I love that the book itself looks and feels “natural” with it’s cardboard covers and thick, creamy pages printed in black and shades of green. It’s one of those books I’d almost be scared to start and make a mess of but once you got going would make for a lovely record of a life lived outdoors.
Of course at 6 and a half, Ben is a little under the target range for this book but that doesn’t mean we can’t access some of the more simple activities like collecting stones to paint, leaf printing or bark rubbing. He is a confident reader and will devour all the facts and information without too much help. I would suggest he would struggle with more complex tasks like completing a detailed drawing of a tree or writing a poem about nature – these are things we would come back to in a year or so. There is no need to work methodically through the book, just flick through and pick out whatever catches your eye and works for the season you’re in.
I have three copies of Hello Nature to give away so if you’d like to up your nature exploration this spring time just crack on and compete the rafflecopter below. (Take care to complete your entries accurately to avoid disqualifcation.)
*Disclaimer – We were sent a copy of Hello Nature free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*