Play Wild

Nature craft projects for tamariki: A gorgeous and inspiring collection of more than 50 nature-inspired projects for tamariki of all ages.

A book of nature craft and gardening activities for children (and frazzled parents) to encourage ‘green time’ instead of screen time.

Activities that utilise the native flora of Aotearoa and honour and respect our natural world by creating crafts that can easily be deconstructed and returned to the natural environment when the activity is complete.

Research shows that being in nature is good for us and that we should aim for at least one hour of time outside per day.

The activities in this book are mainly aimed at urban kids who may not have heaps of outdoor space. Many of them won’t require a lot of materials either, e.g., nature wristbands only requires some double-sided tape, then whatever you can find outside in leaf, pebble or petal form.

Beautiful, inspiring photography will depict a diverse range of children doing activities, with step-by-step photos as well where helpful.

Perfect for parents of young children and teachers. Ideal for ages 2–10.

Created by Rachel Clare, photographs by Jason Leaf and illustrations by Vasanti Unka

$29.99 incl. GST

2 in stock

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NZ Booklovers ~ From twig crowns to tiny gardens, Matariki lanterns to using flowers to send a secret message, this book has something for everyone.

This is going to be a resource to treasure, especially in the early childhood sector. Educators will be inspired and delighted by these projects. But this is more than a resource for the teaching profession.

Playing in nature has a range of developmental benefits beyond physical and social development. This book will help parents and caregivers who aren’t so confident navigating this space the tools they need to provide more opportunities for nature play in the lives of the children they care about. Clare’s book will help bridge the gap between structured and child-led play, benefiting everyone.

About the Kiwi creator

Rachel Clare is a former editor of Organic NZ, former deputy editor of NZ Gardener magazine and former editor of its weekly digital magazine Get Growing. She’s taught gardening through the Garden to Table programme, where school children learn how to grow, cook and harvest their own kai. She lives with her partner, Jacob, and two sons in West Auckland where they keep bees, harvest rainwater, grow flowers and vegetables and raise seedlings in a glasshouse made from upcycled windows.

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Dimensions25.2 × 19 cm
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Bateman Books

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