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Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book: 448 Great Things to Do in Nature Before You Grow Up Paperback – April 2, 2013

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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


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Falcon Guides; 3.3.2013 edition (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762783524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762783526
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The goal of this book is noble, but--as a few other reviews have noted--keep in mind that this book is geared toward very young children. The description offered in one of the reviews listed states for children in "Grades 3-8," which means the estimated target audience starts at 8 years old and goes through age 13. My son just turned 10 and we ordered this book for his birthday. He is a true nature boy and loves all animals. When we got the book, we were very disappointed. It included activities like "make a snow angel" or "let a snowflake land on your tongue." A summer activity was "jump in a lake." The games included were as basic as "Duck, Duck, Goose"! The activities might strike wonder in a 3-4 year old, but most 9-13 year olds would feel alienated by the simplicity of the activities listed. We really wanted to love the book, but had to return it for something more age appropriate for our son. So, this is a well-intended effort and probably very effective for the preschool set, but not for advanced elementary or middle school kids.
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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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Most of these are no brainers-build a snowman, make a mud pie, ect. Might be good if you are totally outdoor impaired but if you've seen a tree and pitched a tent you aren't going to find a lot of inspiration here.
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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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I was hoping for some more in depth activities to do with my grandchildren. The book is fine, but the options are very simple.
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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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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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