Top 10 Books for Encouraging Outdoor Play
At Luxury Family Hotels, we pride ourselves on our lovely interiors, but we’re also very much about encouraging outdoor play – our gorgeous gardens and grounds all have plenty of things for younger (and older!) visitors to discover and do, from seed-planting and exploring the new ‘witches garden' at Woolley Grange Hotel in Wiltshire to cycling around the glorious National Trust estate of which The Ickworth Hotel in Suffolk is a part.
Now that spring has sprung and the evenings are lighter, we looked at the best books for making the most of the great outdoors with kids.
• The National Trust: ABC – A Walk in the Countryside, Rosalind Beardshaw (Nosy Crow)
A new board book following the outdoor adventures of two kids.
• 50 Evening Adventures, The Meek Family (Francis Lincoln)
A third book from Tim, Kerry, Amy and Ella, packed with ideas for making the most of your ‘5 to 9’ – those evening hours after work and school that can so easily get frittered away.
• Let’s Look in Ponds and Rivers, Andrea Pinnington and Caz Buckingham (Fine Feather)
A ‘spot and learn, stick and play book’ encouraging younger kids to learn all about amphibian life.
• Woodland Adventure Handbook, Adam Dove (Frances Lincoln)
‘Recipes’ for outdoor activities for ages 2–6, each structured around a story.
• What’s Hidden in the Woods, Aina Bestard (Thames and Hudson)
An interactive book with coloured spyholes onto secret corners of nature.
• The Wild Weather Book, Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield (Frances Lincoln)
A compendium of activities to do out in the rain, wind and snow.
• The Gruffalo Summer Nature Trail, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Macmillan)
A sticker book and spotters’ guide based on the famous story - great for making the most of walks with kids.
• The Little Book of Woodland Bird Songs, Andrea Pinnington and Caz Buckingham (Fine Feather Press)
A musical board book helping kids recognise birdsong of different kinds.
• The National Trust: 50 Things to Do Before You’re 11 3/4, Tom Percival (Nosy Crow)
A combination of scrapbook, activity book and field guide challenging children to get closer to nature.
• Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest and Colouring Book, Johanna Bamford (Laurence King)
A gorgeous array of intricate natural scenes to colour in – great for stress relief!
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