Born to be Wild : Hundreds of Nature activities for families

Want to save cash, your child’s imagination and possibly even the planet?  This is the book you need.

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If you yearn to get your children off the Xbox, away from the iPad and back to nature, Born to be Wild by Hattie Garlick provides an essential guide to getting your family out of the house, immersed in the outdoors and having fun, without costing the earth.

The average British child watches over 17 hours of TV per week, a figure that has risen 12% since 2007, despite the rival attractions of the internet. Britain’s 11-15 year olds are so addicted to their electronic devices that they spend 7½ hours a day in front of a screen – an increase of 40% in a decade and around half their waking lives.  A generation ago, half of British children regularly played in wild places, now it is less than one in ten.

“This book is written by a parent… one who is neither an Earth Mama making her own yoghurt from a yurt, nor a countess with a country pile in the Cotswolds.  One who has real kids – the kind who throw tantrums and worship at the altar of the Sky box.”   Hattie Garlick

Packed with beautiful photos of real families taken by award-winning photographer Nancy Honey, the book provides hundreds of fun activities to embrace nature, from ‘Building a Butterfly Feeder’ and ‘Making a Bark Monster’, to ‘Take off your Shoes and Socks and… Stomp’.

With simple instructions for those times when your creativity needs a bit of a kickstart – whether you are looking for activities for Mini Matisses or small scientists, adventures that take ten minutes, or that absorb whole afternoons – all that’s required is a small person’s imagination and access to a little outdoor space.

Organised by season and then by material, the book lets you skip straight to Spring, then ‘Blossom’, ‘Grass’ or ‘Earth’, depending on what you and your family would like to explore. Everything you need to engage in and create hundreds of activities can be found in your kitchen cupboard.  No expensive art supplies or outward-bound kit required, merely Hattie’s suggested ‘toolkit’ listed at the front of the book, featuring everyday household items including scissors, rubber bands, glue and an empty jam jar or two.

“Hattie Garlick has the wonderful knack of engaging whole families in nature, in ways that are exciting, easy to do, and require little more than a child’s boundless imagination”

RSPB

The book is available to buy here for £16.99

This is a press release. Blog post coming soon with more detail about our day with Hattie Garlick

‘I Believe in Unicorns’ showing at Vaudeville Theatre

Wizard presents I believe in unicorns by Michael Morpurgo

This intimate show is set in a library full of books that hold more than stories within their pages. It is a tale of the power of books, and the bravery of a young boy called Tomas. Tomas hates school, books and stories but, forced to visit the library his world is turned upside down the day that he meets the unicorn lady there, he stops to listen to magical tales that she tells and he is drawn in…. an enchanting and interactive show, I believe in unicorns sparks imagination in both young and old, and challenges you not believe in unicorns after joining Tomas’s spellbinding journey.

Set against the backdrop of war-torn Europe, “I Believe in Unicorns” explores the power of stories to transform lives.

What the critics say:

‘breathtakingly beautiful and utterly charming…a must see’ primary times

‘an utterly magical stage adaptation of michael morpurgo’s enthralling children’s tale’ the stage

‘a captivating show, beautifully performed, multi layered and surprising’ brighton festival*

* I believe in unicorns won the argus angel award at the brighton festival

www.booments.com

West end run

  • appearing at vaudeville theatre for a strictly limited run from 8 to 31 august
  •  ticket prices £17.50
  •  34 performances overall at a capacity of 677 per performance
  •  running time: 57mins (no interval)
  •  recommended Age: 5-11 years and anyone who loves great stories
  • websites: ibelieveinunicorns.co.uk and wizardpresents.co.uk

Performance schedule: (3 weeks only)

Fri 8 August – 11am & 7pm

Sat 9 August – 11am

Sun 10 August – 10:30am

Mon 11 August – 11am & 2pm

Tue 12 August – 11am & 2pm Thu 14 August – 11am & 7pm

Fri 15 August – 11am & 7pm

Sat 16 August – 11am

Sun 17 August – 10:30am

Mon 18 August – 11am & 2pm

Tue 19 August – 11am & 7pm Thu 21 August – 11am & 7pm

Fri 22 August – 11am & 7pm

Sat 23 August – 11am

Sun 24 August – 10:30am

Mon 25 August – 11am, 2pm & 7pm

Tue 26 August – 11am & 2pm

Thu 28 August – 7pm

Friday 29 August – 11am & 7pm

Sat 30 August – 11am

Sun 31 August – 10:30am

The show is only running at the Vaudeville Theatre for weeks only, so book tickets quickly!

A moving play that shows us the importance of books, community and the devastation of war…..with hope at the end. I can not wait to watch the show for myself and for the children to experience a magical show based on the best-selling children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s enchanting tale to life.

This post s brought to you as a sponsored post, I have received no payment but will be reviewing the show in return for some tickets. Thank you to www.bookends.com