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I Love Dirt!: 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature Paperback – May 13, 2008
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“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, cofounder of 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, National Wildlife Federation, and host of Animal Planet’s Backyard Habitat
“A perfect companion to your nature center and hiking trail excursions!”—Nashville Parent
“A wonderful resource for parents. This book could be the ticket to many wonderful memories for both parent and child.”—Portland Book Review
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"I love dirt" could not be more timely in an age when it is impossible to escape the "Green" revolution. The book is overflowing with guidance/reminders on how to approach the world through the eyes of a child. I think the text might also be super for older children and pre-teens to inspire more scientifically complex thoughts about their environment. Each chapter is succinct and serves as a primer to prompt a nature expedition limited only by imagination.
I offer due respect to the other reviewers, who perhaps took too personally what is really and ultimately a child-geared set of suggestions and not an adult's how-to ala the "Idiots" or "Dummies" guides. I freely admit (as a card carrying PhD life scientist) that I have not been outside to scrutinize the texture of bark, questioned the density of a random rock, or made note of the time of day for a particular bird call in quite a long time (though I have paid some attention to the bird that sounds like my cell phone ring).
I think, if anything, the perceived simplicity of this book that bugged other reviewers IS EXACTLY THAT...IT IS SIMPLE. Well done Ms. Ward, you have succeeded in your obvious intent. Accolades to the nature-nuts who can quickly disappear into nature the minute they strap on their boots and throw granola into their backpacks. For most of us, it is actually something of a challenge to step outside and reduce the apparent complexity of the world into the actual (beautiful) modesty our surroundings offer.Read more ›
i love dirt is Jennifer Ward's antidote to the current situation of "nature deficit" that children are experiencing. The generations previous to this one relied on nature. Our schools were even let out and in during the communities harvest time, and daylight savings time was initially agreed upon because of the impact another hour of light could do in the farmer's life. It was not all working outside, but also the playing in nature and with nature that was important. Participating in such activities as picnics, mid-afternoon fishing trips, laying under the sky's blanket to see just one shooting star, and the amazing world of mud pie making! To go outside and play, to put on rain gear and jump in puddles, or camp outside in the backyard on a warm summer night, or to explore the woods and make a fort these need not be things of the past. Outdoor activities are a learning and teaching experience that if neglected will fill our nation with a bunch of kids who can learn through books, but not from the beauty that surrounds them.Read more ›
beginning with simple activities sure to bring young children joy- finding shapes and similarities in nature, to more complex discussions, the book offers a wide series of tools for parents to foster discussion and outside learning. it seems to keep in mind that most people who love children still don't have tons of time on their hands, so the instructions are simple and clear, to get right to the point and get everyone outside.
beautifully illustrated and an easy, fun read.
I think this is an inexpensive, innocent reminder to parents and grandparents to do more than say, "go outside and play", but to go play too. And to do more than play, to learn life lessons by what is going on around you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is divided into the seasons. Each season has plenty of ideas for getting young children outside in a way that helps them learn about the world. Read morePublished 8 days ago by TKT
I had brought this book home from the library, but it had so many cute ideas that I had to have my own copy for my bookshelf.Published 29 days ago by Michelle
I truly love dirt!!! This fits me perfectly! Great ideas!Published 3 months ago by Patricia A McNinch
One of my favorite parenting books! We love dirt. We are hikers, explorers, and discoverers of things hiding out of sight. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rob, Marina and King Robbins
Neat book, I find a lot of it is stuff I already do, but there are some really neat ideas in here! Thanks!Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I do love dirt but some of these suggestions I already thought of. I was looking to add to my ideas to keep my grand children moving and away from electronics. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Laura Darshan
Wonderful book with awesome ideas for connecting with nature. Plan on using these with my 3 yr granddaughter!Published 13 months ago by Deni Kiehl