Do you need inspiration for things to do out there with your little people? Or maybe just a bit of background information on why it is so important we have more outdoor families? I have used these 7 books as a resource and an inspiration for getting my trio out there, and to remind me why it is so important we encourage them to be outdoors. I have written a lot of tips and ideas throughout the blog, as well as reasons for needing to get them outdoors, but behind all my thinking there are bigger and better people spurring me on in this quest! Here are my favourite 7 books to inspire and get us out there in the great outdoors more, especially with our little people 🙂
1. How to Raise a Wild Child – Scott Sampson
In this book you will find information as to why children need to be encouraged and supported in making a connection with nature. He also provides tips and ideas on how to do this in today’s world that is both busy and high tech.
2. Vitamin N – Richard Louv
This is described as a “practical handbook” which will help families enjoy the natural world and the outdoors. It works through ideas from babies to teens, and provides many ideas to help us get out there with children of all ages.
3. A Natural Sense of Wonder – Rick Van Roy
The author takes us along with him on his adventures with his own children. As we go on the journey with him, he teaches us what nature has to teach us and why this is so important.
4. Unplugged – Jason Runkel Sperling
This book is all about families getting together and building nature clubs. “15 steps to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature, yourself, friends, and family”. There are tips, tools, and tales all in these pages.
5. Last Child in the Woods – Richard Louv
This book describes “saving our children from nature-deficit disorder. It goes through in depth why our children are suffering and missing out on what nature has to offer, and what the implications to both children and nature are because of this.
6. Balanced and Barefoot – Angela Hanscom
The author is a paediatric occupational therapist, and in her book she explains why natural and free play is essential for our children’s bodies and minds, and general development. This is a very thought provoking read. It also provides ideas as to how we can help them thrive.
7. A Little Bit of Dirt – Asia Citro
A fantastic book that has over 55 science and art activities to help children connect with nature. They are simple, fun, and my trio adore doing them. They are perfect for all ages (my three are 9 and 5), and prompt discovery and imagination.
I hope you can see a book that tempts you here. I have another long list one ones I want to read still! However, these books have helped me to see, that Children need and must be outdoors in all weathers and seasons. And as long as they have the right clothing there is no reason for them not to be out there.