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Nature Play at Home: Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children with the Natural World

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  11 reviews
“A magnificent resource for transforming backyards into stimulating environments which enhance children’s creativity, learning, and fun.” —Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the WoodsThe Nature Principle, and Vitamin N

Access to technology has created a generation of children who are more plugged in than ever before—often with negative consequences. But there is a sol
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Timber Press
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Lorilin
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, childrens, garden
When I say that I love this book, I mean I LOVE this book. It is exactly what I was hoping it would be. I’m in charge of the garden at my kids’s elementary school, and we are in the process of renovating certain areas of the space. It has been tough sometimes to know how best to serve the students with our design choices. But this book has given me so many great ideas for the garden’s hardscape and softscape—from constructing entryways, paths, and tables, to organizing work areas and choosing ki ...more
Kirsten
There is a lot of food for thought here! In spite of the "at home" portion of the title, many of the projects and photos focus more on communal spaces or require a lot more space than a typical suburban or urban lot allows. However, there is a lot here to love, and while a lot of the projects pictured are very ambitious, the concepts can be scaled to almost any yard or open space. I really loved the way this got me thinking about how to engage all five senses in my yard and garden.
Shannon (Mrsreadsbooks)
Nature Play at Home was a great book! I think that technology is being introduced much too early children's lives and there are aren't spending nearly enough time outside in nature as they should. I really enjoyed this book because it gives parents and caregivers tons of different ideas on how to create outdoor spaces that children will actually want to use. Such simple things, such as logs and sand, can provide not only fun, but also learning. I think this is an important topic in today's socie ...more
Janet
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.

“A magnificent resource for transforming backyards into stimulating environments which enhance children’s creativity, learning, and fun.” — Richard Louv, author of L
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Mrs. Europaea
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nature Play at Home is a resource that gives parents and caregivers the tools they need to encourage and nurture a lifelong love of the outdoors in children.

Striniste details how to create play spaces using natural materials like logs, boulders, sand, and plants that even the most screen-obsessed child won't be able to resist. Projects include, hillside slides, seating circles, sand pits, insect hotels and more.

Unrestricted play outside in nature has amazing health benefits, enhances creativity,
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Laurel
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Getting our children out in nature is becoming more and more difficult these days with the distance many live from natural landscapes and the added rules and regulations that come from living in a litigious society. This book is an excellent resource in helping us overcome all that by giving an ample supply of ideas for creating playscapes that bring children right in touch with nature in their own backyards or playgrounds.
Equally wonderful for both families and those who oversee the playspaces
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R
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nature Play at Home is a great guide to help parents, or any caregiver, to incorporate natural play spaces into their lives…which years ago was a given experience. However, for today’s children, those play areas have been replaced by the constant stream of television shows and a myriad of technological gadgets and games all easily accessible within the confines of one’s home.
This resource book allows children to once again enjoy the many benefits of nature, such as a multitude of sensory learni
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Justin
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book, for free, in exchange for an honest review.

I had the impression that this book would be more about outdoor kids activities. I am not sure where I got that from as the blurb and title are pretty clear on the books focus, but at least one review makes it sound like this book contains activities. The author does a good job of creating a wide array of beautiful/useful outdoor spaces. There was even one idea I will probably take on (this is impressive as I am reluctant to add mo
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Curious Reader
A nice book about outdoor activities for kids. It’s to encourage kids to spend time in nature. Loved the book.

Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Special thanks to the author and publisher for giving me a chance to read it.
Lauren Paletta
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Janine Brouillette
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Nature Play at Home is a wonderful book for parents, grandparents, daycare centers, and schools. There are plenty of illustrated and detailed projects and play spaces that can be created to encourage creativity and outdoor play. There are hundreds of inspiring ideas, illustrations, and step by step instructions for projects. This is a must for someone starting an outdoor classroom , but as a grandparent, I plan on incorporating and building many of these in my back yard. The book is divided in A ...more
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Karen
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is so much kids (and adults) need from nature that can't be provided by technology. This book focuses on creating outdoor spaces for kids to enjoy. There are a variety of projects included to fit any size space and suggestions are made to get kids' five senses involved and get them moving. There is also a section on bringing wildlife into your yard. Lots of great stuff here to encourage kids off all ages to get outside and away from their screens.

Thank you to Timber Press and Netgalley for
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