The adventure ambassadors our current generation of cotton-wool kids urgently need' Daily Telegraph. Adventure is out there – you just have to go and find it! These days children spend less time outside and more time in front of screens: computers, phones, games, television. This brilliant book provides inspiration for families to swap 'screen time' for 'green time' and shows how any family, wherever they live, can get outside and enjoy outdoor adventures together. Packed full of tried and tested outdoor activities, this valuable resource bank groups the adventures into themes including Woodland, Water, Close to Home, Hills and Mountains, Exploring, By the Sea, Extreme Weather, and each section has activities ranging in difficulty. From making a rope swing to scrambling up a stream, from spending a day without electricity to going on a charity bike ride, from exploring a rockpool to camping on an uninhabited island, wherever you are, whatever age or ability, this book has the perfect adventure activity for your family. With sensible but enthusiastic instructions written by parents Tim and Kerry, and added remarks, advice and jokes from children Amy and Ella, this is the perfect book to get your family out of the house and adventuring in the great outdoors!
TIM and KERRY MEEK, teachers from Nottingham, are just regular parents striving to bring up their two daughters, Amy (10) and Ella (8), as best they can. Their approachto parenting is one full of love and care, but one that is also deliberately punctuated with managed risk and age-appropriate challenge. This means slightly less cotton wool than the norm is used to wrap up their children, and opportunities to explore, discover and enjoy adventure and outdoor quality family time are sought and seized whenever possible.
Their mantra “Adventure is out there; you just have to go and find it.” is a quote that Amy expressed when she was 7 years old. It remains at the core of everything they do as a family. Tim and Kerry believe that encouraging family adventuring in the outdoors has several key benefits for all family members, but particularly the children:
— It promotes quality family time, leads to shared experiences, and can strengthen family bonds
— It helps develop important skills and competencies in children such as planning, riskassessment, collaboration and many more
— It promotes and encourages an interest in nature, wildlife and the natural world
— It presents opportunities to value and develop important personal qualities e.g. resilience, perseverance, determination, flexible thinking and problem solving
— It's fun and highly rewarding!