Adventure is out there – you just have to go and find it!
Childhood obesity is increasing year on year. Happiness and well-being levels in children are on the decline too. Children spend less time outside and more time in front of screens: computers, phones, games, television.
100 Family Adventures provides a valuable resource bank of tried and tested outdoor activities to enjoy with children, swapping 'screen time' for 'green time'. Particularly inspiring for people who want to get started, but don’t know how, the book shows how any family, anywhere in the country, can enjoy time together outdoors.
Activities are grouped into themes: Woodland, Water, Close to Home, Hills and Mountains, Exploring, By the Sea, Extreme Weather. Within each section is a range 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.
Packed with inspiring photos, sensible but enthusiastic instructions from parents Tim and Kerry combine with remarks and advice (and jokes!) from children Amy and Ella.
'The adventure ambassadors our current generation of cotton-wool kids urgently need' Daily Telegraph
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 approach to parenting is one full of love and care, but one that is also deliberately punctuated with managed risk and age-appropriate challenge. They use a little less cotton wool to wrap up their children, and they search out and seize opportunities to enjoy outdoor quality family time. The Meek family are currently taking a year out of formal education and are travelling round Britain in search of adventure.
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, risk
assessment, 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!
'Inspiring - even if you’re a family that loves the outdoors, it will push you to try something a little bit different!’
"There are too many benefits to enumerate but my key ones would be promoting a close loving family that enjoys being together, and increasing appreciation for the natural world. A simply brilliant book."
“If you’re going to buy one book today, make it 100 Family Adventures.”
"should get your kids at least thinking about turning off their device of choice and doing something less boring instead"
"I really like the physical properties of 100 Famiy Adventures It has been produced in a chunky format with a flexi-hardcover, making it easy to bung in a rucksack and take on adventures outdoors."
"a lovely book to get inspiration from ... it's not just about getting outdoors ... but about planning an adventure and trying new things together."