More about the Frances Lincoln book:
Make it Wild! shows how children can enjoy the endless opportunities offered by wild places. Looking at what nature has to offer, they explore the potential of diverse raw materials such as snow, leaves, and sticks and suggest how to work with them. The book demonstrates how to use nature's free, renewable resources to make anything from a clay monster to an ice lantern or flaming balloons. Making things outdoors involves creativity and imagination, as well as learning how to solve practical problems, how to work together, the need to see a process through from start to finish, and the safe use of potentially dangerous tools — all of which help children acquire the skills they need to cope with the world and develop a commonsense understanding of the way it works.
Parents have a lot of competition when it comes to luring their kids outdoors: SpongeBob, Wii and today’s toy du jour. “Flaming Balloons” just might do the trick. They are made from bamboo and rice paper, with a small candle attached at the base; the rising hot hair lifts it up to the sky (tether lanterns for safety.) Make it Wild! 101 things to Make and Do Outdoors by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield entices kids to be creative with their natural environment all year long. We can’t wait to try: Outdoor Ice Lanterns, Flaming Night Boats, Withy Lanterns, and Sand Silhouettes.
This is not your average craft book. Beautiful photographs accompany detailed descriptions for each distinctive project. Children (and adults!) are encouraged to think for themselves and make their creations their own. They learn to take risks, work together and discover new uses for natural resources.
This should hold their attention until they’re old enough to discover Facebook.
Let the wild rumpus start!—Urban Baby