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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: FalconGuides (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762783524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762783526
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just in time for summer comes a definitive manual on taking advantage of everything the outdoors has to offer. Tornio and Keffer encourage kids to appreciate the subtleties of nature in a fast-paced, technology-saturated world. The manual is divided into four chapters, one for each season. Each chapter has its own checklist of activities, from the obvious, such as building a snowman, to the more inspired, such as creating a DIY winter wreath. Activities include recipes, trip destinations, crafts, games, and more. Each activity is measured on an adventure scale, so readers can decide just how bold they would like to be. The overarching goal is unstructured, imaginative play that will foster an appreciation for fresh air and nature throughout the year. This guidebook can be considered a sort of response to the overscheduled media environment that most young people find themselves immersed in, but its approach is undaunting, imploring kids to simply get outside a bit each day. Grades 3-8. --Erin Anderson

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This is the perfect book to draw children (3-13 years of age) away from computers, electronic games and television.  What is its secret? Colorful illustrations for one. A whole book full of fun ideas for another. And then there are those checkboxes. Checkboxes? Indeed! Kids love them. They'll be keen to check off the boxes and to run outdoors for the next adventure. Whether you live in the city or in the country, The Outdoor Adventure Book is chock full of things to try...and children won't even need a computer to try them. 
-National Outdoor Book Awards 

"Outdoor experiences can help to make kids smarter, healthier, and happier. But what is there to do outdoors? Everything! Here's a fun, practical guide, bursting with ideas and inspiration for everyday adventures. We'll be giving this book to every kid and every family we know." 

-Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman, naturalists and authors of the Kaufman Field Guide series




"The Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book is a jam-packed, fun-filled delight. This book is for anyone who ever wanted to tap a maple tree, conquer a corn maze, make an ice sculpture or go owling—or better yet, do all those things and hundreds more with their families. Stacy and Ken have captured the joy of being alive and the rhythm of the seasons and the natural world. With this book as inspiration, all you need to do is open the door and go."

-Susan Sachs Lipman, author of Fed Up with Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World, and Social Media Director for the Children & Nature Network



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I bought her first book and I will continue to buy any book she puts out!!!!
Inlovewithriddles
I love how it even helps remind me to do simple things like look at the clouds, along with lots of other fun adventures, projects, and ideas.
Y. Tietgen
As a mother, I appreciate this book packed with tons of ideas that get my kids outside--away from electronics and sedentary activities.
Crystal

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By nankeen1 on April 2, 2013
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Remember before you had kids and you dreamed about all the adventurous, enriching activities you would do with your future children? Then you had them and you still had good intentions, but life (and exhaustion) got in the way? While there's still time, before they've all grown up and gone away, get this book. It lists all those awesome adventures in checklist form. I don't know what it is about a check box, but it really gets me moving. My kids like them even more than I do. This is so much better than all those "things to do on a rainy day" books. These are things you really WANT to do, and you don't have to spend $20 at Hobby Lobby for each activity. Most of them are absolutely free. Kids grow up SO fast. Do it now!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vicki Schilleman on May 7, 2013
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Sometimes it's difficult to connect with your grandchildren who are all different ages and are used to sitting in front of a video screen or having some kind of earphone in! This book is truly the answer. Divided by season, there are 448 ideas that will allow children of all ages to be entertained and/or challenged while getting some fresh air and exercise. Set up with little check boxes, the kids can even keep track of how many of the activities they accomplish. In addition to the 448 ideas, there are also recipes, projects, and games sprinkled throughout the book. No special equipment or skills required for most of these activities. Just grab the grandchildren, go outside, and start doing things together to build great memories!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lindaj on May 8, 2013
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This is a fantastic book for bringing generations together, sharing good times, and a fantastic way to enjoy nature. I love this book!!! I live about a thousand miles from my grandchildren. I only see them about twice a year, which makes my time with them very precious. I gave them this book as a gift and we have had a wonderful time in phone conversations checking off all the activities we have already accomplished on previous summer vacations, and are also working on plans for all the new things we are going to try this summer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather on September 22, 2013
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My mom and I got such a kick out of checking off the adventures we've done in this book. She's still working on Autumn #42 and I'm getting pretty good at Summer #49, but we still have some growing up to do. We bought copies for all the little ones in our lives, but it's really a guide for all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith A. Henrion on September 21, 2013
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This is a great collections of activities that can be done individually and as a family. So excited to give this to my granddaughter on the 8th birthday.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jared bruggman on May 12, 2013
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I live in the suburbs, and I was nervous the book would be for more "outdoorsy" areas. But my kids love checking activities off the list, and it's fun for them to have some dream activities that we can get to as they get older and more adventurous.
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This book is chock full of ideas and projects to get your children involved in nature and the out of doors. Digging worms to then go fishing with, skipping stones on water, building a bird cage, planting a garden then making your own meal from it, paddling a canoe, counting the legs on a starfish, hugging a tree and listening to birds are all a part of this multi-age use book. Each suggestion has a short how-to but not in huge detail. I like this aspect of the book because it encourages researching and digging deeper to find out more about the how, why, when and where of things. I highly recomend this book.

Packaged well with two other books, it arrived in a timely manner.
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Stacy & Ken did an excellent job compiling a list of outdoor adventure activities that can be enjoyed by kids & adults alike. I’ve been ‘checking-off’ the outdoor adventures I have done, & taking a trip down memory lane! I’m amazed at the activities I have not done in my 34 years, such as drying gourds.

I love the layout of the book by season with additional games, activities, and recipes scattered throughout. The compilation of outdoor adventures is well-rounded & provides not only day-to-day activities you can do where you live, but ideas you can add to your list of vacation adventures, such as tap a maple tree.

The Kids Outdoor Adventure Book has become an essential gift I give to my expecting friends & those already raising the next generation.
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