Wild Days: Outdoor Play For Young Adventurers (Richard Irvine)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Wild Days: Outdoor Play For Young Adventurers by Richard Irvine, a camping and survival guidebook for young bookworms.

Welcome to the great outdoors! There are all sorts of adventures to be had by intrepid young explorers – if one can master the basics first. This practical guide runs through some basic survival skills for kiddos, like building shelters, making campfires, tying knots, even whittling (all with proper adult supervision, of course). From there, readers can learn games and crafts that don’t require cables or wifi, in addition to wonders that can only be discovered in our natural world.

Engaging and informative. Part survival guide, part nature guide, and part craft book, this comprehensive title does a wonderful job of creating excitement about the outdoors for a generation of kids raised on tablets and smartphones. While many activities are all-ages (like stargazing, Pooh sticks, skipping stones, and twig boats), there are some that are definitely geared only towards older readers, such as whittling, fire-making, and even instructions on crafting and shooting a bow and arrow (reminders on safety and adult supervision during these activities are there, yet a little less frequent and distinctive than parents might prefer). Still, the instructions for each activity are well-written and clear, and the full-color pictures and illustrations make for a visually compelling guide. A great basic introductory book for kids exploring nature for the first time, or looking to find new “unplugged” activities in the great outdoors, and JJ and I both enjoyed it. Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

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