Quarto Kids | 4 May 2020May Book List: 8 Books for Hands-On Learning Outdoors Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Get kids outside this Spring! Here is a list of books perfect for achieving maximum hands-on fun (with a subtle educational twist) in the great outdoors. The Organic Artist for KidsBy Nick NeddoAges 8-12, 160 pages, paperback Immersed in the natural world, The Organic Artist for Kids inspires creativity by connecting kids and their adults to our wilderness roots. In addition to offering a wide variety of fun, collaborative projects using nature as a source for art supplies and inspiration, this book also introduces the concepts of awareness and perception that are fundamental to the creative process. Children will be encouraged to learn new skills, build resilience, and be resourceful as part of an urgent struggle to prevent and undo Nature Deficit Disorder. Rooted in experimentation and an understanding that fun is fundamental to learning, kids will refine their drawing skills, as well as increase their appreciation for the visual arts and the natural landscape. Audubon Birding Adventures for KidsBy Elissa Wolfson and Margaret BarkerAges 8-12, 96 pages, paperback Produced in association with the National Audubon Society, Audubon Birding Adventures for Kids introduces you and your children to the love of all things birding. Whether exploring the forest, the backyard, or the city, you and your kids will learn about the habits of North America’s most popular songbirds, how to create safe and welcoming environments for them, how to observe them, and how to construct easy and safe species-appropriate birdhouses and feeders for common birds. The bird ID section includes descriptions of species and range maps. Forest Club: A Year of Activities, Crafts, and Exploring NatureBy Kris Hirschmann and Marta AnteloAges 7-11, 96 pages, hardcover It’s time to rewild the child! This book of outdoor activities, crafts, nature information and inspiration ties into the burgeoning interest in forest schools and ‘rewilding the child’, with the aim of reconnecting children to nature and the outdoors. The book is divided by season, providing a year-round resource for families. While all crafts and activities are designed to be carried out outside, these are interspersed with factual pages about forest flora and fauna, which can be enjoyed at home or used as a field guide while out and about. A beautifully illustrated and informative title to spark children’s imagination and free-thinking. With forest school-themed crafts and activities for all seasons, outdoor exploration can be enjoyed twelve months of the year, always with something new to see. The Lost Book of Adventure: From the Notebooks of the Unknown AdventurerBy Unknown Adventurer and edited by Teddy KeenAges 7-11, 192 pages, hardcover A facsimile edition of the tattered notebooks of the Unknown Adventurer, this love letter to the wild details everything you need to know about how to live and thrive in nature, from the principles of treehouse building to wilderness first aid. You’ll be transported by riveting adventure tales from around the globe, like being dragged off by a hyena in Botswana, surviving a Saharan dust storm, being woken by an intrepid emperor penguin in Antarctica, and coming face-to-face with a venomous bushmaster (one of the most dangerous snakes on the planet)—all told in lyrical prose and illustrations that wonder at the mysterious beauty of the wild. Experiment with Outdoor Science: Fun Projects to Try at HomeBy Nick Arnold and Giulia ZoavoAges 8-10, 80 pages, hardcover The STEAM Ahead series shows readers that science isn’t limited to the classroom – it can be found out in the garden, cooked up in the kitchen and brought to life with paper and paints! Each book features clear, step-by-step instructions and has a fresh, contemporary design, with an emphasis on fun, achievable experiments to give kids hands-on experiences. The science behind each experiment is explained, giving readers the theory behind the practical activities. Sticks and Stones: A Kid’s Guide to Building and Exploring in the Great OutdoorsBy Melissa LennigAges 8-13, 144 pages, paperback Discover a treasure trove of exciting outdoor building, engineering, and artistic ideas for children in Sticks and Stones. This comprehensive guide features tools, toys, and games kids can create right outside their door. Sticks and Stones was named to the longlist for the 2020 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books in the Hands-On Science Book category. The prize honors outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults. This book is an essential resource for every junior outdoor adventurer. The Ultimate Guide to Surviving in the WildBy Clive GiffordAges 7-11, 96 pages, paperback An absorbing, fast-paced and comprehensive guide to surviving in the wild, with a particular focus on the animals you might encounter – and want to avoid! – while you’re there. Whether you’re lost in the mountains, stranded in the desert, or adrift at sea, if you’ve read this book, you might just have a fighting chance at staying alive. Vivid photos, maps and other colorful graphics provide plenty to inspire armchair explorers. Chapters cover survival at sea, on a Pacific island, in the Outback, the Sahara Desert, the Amazon Rain Forest, Polar wilderness and the Rocky Mountains. Readers are provided with information on what to do first, the key rules for survival, the animals in each habitat and how to signal for help. Feature pages highlight real-life survivors who escaped these harsh environments to inspire young explorers. Survival Handbook: An Essential Companion to the Great OutdoorsBy Marc SumerakAges 7-9, 140 pages, paperback Wherever adventure takes you, take this book! Survival Handbook: An Essential Companion to the Great Outdoors includes crucial tips on exactly what you need to know to survive even the most unexpected circumstances. Also included are useful items to help you survive in the wild: reflective stickers, a foldable cup, a reflective sheet, and even a removable string binding! This illustrated guide shows you how to make a shelter, build a fire, locate clean water, forage for food, avoid deadly animals, protect yourself from bad weather, and find your way back home safely afterward. Whether you’re lost, hungry, burned, or buried, knowing essential emergency survival skills could literally mean the difference between life and death. Don’t go into the wild without this book! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.