I Love Dirt!: 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature

I Love Dirt!: 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature

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By (author) Jennifer Ward

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  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 188mm x 13mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 17 May 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Boston
  • ISBN 10: 1590305353
  • ISBN 13: 9781590305355
  • Illustrations note: 2 colour throughout with 35 line drawings
  • Sales rank: 38,411

Product description

"I Love Dirt!" presents 52 open-ended activities to help you engage your child in the outdoors. No matter what your location--from a small patch of green in the city to the wide-open meadows of the country--each activity is meant to promote exploration, stimulate imagination, and heighten a child's sense of wonder. To learn more about the author, Jennifer Ward, visit her website at jenniferwardbooks.com and to learn more about the illustrator, Susie Ghahremani, visit her website at boygirlparty.com.

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Jennifer Ward is the author of numerous children's books, all of which present nature to kids. Her award-winning titles have been featured in magazines such as "Ranger Rick," "Your Big Backyard," "Learning," and "Foreword," and she has been interviewed and featured on national television and local radio. She is a regular speaker at conferences and schools across the country, where she instills the importance of literacy and the wonders waiting to be discovered in the natural world.

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By Sarah Merchant 02 May 2011 2

As the title suggests, this books provides 52 project ideas to introduce children to nature.

The description does mention the projects are "open-ended", but to me, I found them too vague. The projects included things like searching for rocks of varying shapes and sizes; puddle splashing; and stargazing. These are all worthwhile activites, however I was expecting more detailed projects.

This would be a good book for families who don't get outside much, and want to start with basic activities. It would also be good for slightly older children would be able to better comprehend and understand some of the science-based discussions the book promotes.

If you have young children, it would just as easy to go outside, let something capture their attention, and go from there. Most of the discussions are too advanced for little kids, and the actual actions are things they will likely do on their own without any prompting.

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“Here is the potential for much fun, many meaningful experiences—and a trove of shared stories.”—Richard Louv, from the foreword “There may be no better way to ensure the well-being of the natural world tomorrow than to introduce children to its many small wonders today. Through a series of accessible activities designed to engage young minds and all five senses, this book reminds us of—even celebrates—the magic to be found right outside our own back doors.”—Todd Christopher, National Wildlife Federation’s Green Hour “"I Love Dirt!" is a perfect book for parents, teachers, or anyone who cares about children and nature. A nature-lover herself, Jennifer Ward has done an excellent job creating a collection of fun, interactive ways for children everywhere to connect with nature and combat the growing negative impact of sedentary, indoor lifestyles on our youth.”—David Mizejewski, Naturalist, Nationalt