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