Top 10 Books to Help Parents Get Kids Outside

The beginning of school also means the beginning of fall.  And with fall comes cool weather.  My favorite seasons are spring and fall because they offer the perfect weather for getting outdoors.  I confess that during the excruciating heat of summer, you will more than likely find me indoors.  So by the time autumn rolls around, I am itching to get outside.

I am lucky that my son loves nature.  His happiest times are flipping rocks over to find bugs or wandering down a path in the woods.  But sometimes it’s nice to try something new or to go outside with a purpose.  The following books have some great ideas for fun things to do outside with your children.

As a first step to a more organized nature exploration, I put together a nature backpack for Monster.  I included a couple of blank books for nature journals (one for each of us), colored pencils, binoculars, a magnifying glass, a ziploc bag for collecting specimens, and some field guide apps and the Geocaching app on my iPhone.  Hopefully, this is just the beginning of many fun outdoor adventures.

1. I Love Dirt: 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature by Jennifer Ward

2. Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children

3. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv

4. The Green Hour: A Daily Dose of Nature for Happier, Healthier, Smarter Kids by Todd Christopher

5. Let’s Go Outside: Outdoor Activities and Projects to Get You and Your Kids Closer to Nature by Jennifer Ward

6. Sharing Nature with Children by Joseph Cornell

7. Nature’s Art Box: From t-shirts to twig baskets, 65 cool projects for crafty kids to make with natural materials you can find anywhere by Laura C. Martin

8. Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars: Grandma’s Bag of Tricks by Sharon Lovejoy

9. The Rhythm of Family: Discovering a Sense of Wonder through the Seasons by Amanda Blake Soule

10. Sunflower Houses: Inspiration from the Garden – A Book for Children and their Grown-ups by Sharon Lovejoy

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