STEAM | 9 March 2016Nature’s Day: Explore Nature all Year Round! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Nature’s Day: Out and About is an activity book designed to teach children the fun to be had outside, whatever the season! It’s positively packed with lots of spotting, collecting, making and colouring activities, perfectly suited for the adventurous young explorer who wants to learn more about the world around them. It’s also intended to work as an introduction to the fascinating world of nature, and is enjoyable and interactive enough to encourage even the reluctant child to immerse themselves in the natural world around them. We’ll highlight some ways that the book encourages this pursuit, as well as showing some ways in which nature is appreciated across the globe, and why those that celebrate it find it so important. What this book highlights so well is the abundance of life to be found outside, all year round. Many children could be mistaken in believing that wildlife and plantlife is absent in the harsher seasons such as Autumn and Winter, and Nature’s Day strives to prove the opposite. This book details how to make a bee hotel in Spring, but also how to spot animal tracks across the frosty ground in Winter. You can learn where to find foraging animals in Autumn, and how best to pond dip during Summer! It really does highlight how nature is all around us during every day of the year. A fun fact to share with some budding explorers is the amazing range of animals still to be found out and about during the cold, cold winter. Just look at this list of tough animals still active and waiting to be found across wild Britain, even over the winter months: The Exmoor Pony, Common Frog, Queen Wasps, Purple Emperor Caterpillar, Herdwick Sheep, Grey Seal and even the Brimstone Butterfly! Who would of thought to find a butterfly around in winter! If you really want to examine the importance of nature, just look at how it’s celebrated around the world! For instance, people in much of Europe and the also the United States celebrate May Day. This is a celebration that takes place on the 1st of May, and which dates back as far as Roman times! You might recognise the traditional dance around the May Pole, a popular practise in many schools around the world. This is a day of celebration designed to see in the first day of Summer, and the thought of wildlife, nature and crops returning after the winter. Though of course, we now know there’s a little bit more going on in Winter than the Romans originally thought! Japan also celebrates nature in their own unique way, and a popular Japanese custom is that of momijigari or ‘leaf peeping’. Momijigari (???), from the Japanese momiji (??), “red leaves” or “maple tree” and kari (??), “hunting”, is the Japanese tradition of going to visit scenic areas where leaves have turned red in the Autumn. Japanese enthusiasts travel to all the most beautiful places on the island, all in order to see the leave’s fantastic shades of red, orange and brown before they disappear for another year. This practice is so popular, cities such as Nikko and Kyoto profit massively from the tourism it draws in! Enjoying nature is truly a universal trait! So we’ve learnt how the fantastic Nature’s Day, and the ways in which it can inspire children and adults alike to get out into nature. We also now know a little bit more about the ways in which nature is enjoyed across the planet. So get out an enjoy it! Use the book to start your own collections, as well as your own adventures! Author: Kay Maguire Illustrated by: Danielle Kroll Format: Paperback ISBN: 9781847808004 (UK) 9781847808363 (US) Publisher: Wide-Eyed Editions Buy from an online retailer in the UK: US: Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.