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Make it Wild!: 101 Things to Make and Do Outdoors [Paperback]

Fiona Danks , Jo Schofield
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Book Description

6 May 2010

Following Nature's Playground and Going Wild, the authors once again lure kids away from computers and the TV into the natural world, this time to have a go at making their own entertainment from whatever is available outdoors.

This book is about looking at natural materials in a new light and discovering how they can be used creatively. It shows children from eight upwards, including teenagers - and their parents - how to make anything from a cricket bat to an ice lantern, and enjoy expeditions, games and parties outdoors - all with the emphasis firmly on fun.

From making things that fly to playing hay bale games, fashioning monsters from wet clay to trying stone jenga, creating living willow sculptures to making natural jewellery, the book helps youngsters to open their eyes and use their imaginations, and to discover the wonder and value of natural materials.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; Flexibind edition (6 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071122885X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711228856
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 19.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Recommended reading

(WALK magazine)

How to drag kids away from the Xbox.

(Reader's Digest)

Joyous step-by-step 'learning' and imagination-stimulating stuff.


Exceptionally exciting entertainment for exeat.


If the pile of hardbacks on our desk is anything to go by, picture books are making a comeback. We like The Norfolk Coast by Jon Gibbs.

(Surrey Nature)

A joyous celebration of childhood and the great, wild outdoors, this book is packed with ideas to keep children busy… Open the doors, switch off the TV and push the kids outside!

(Cornwall Today)

So much more than an outdoors make-and-do manual. It's more of an imaginative invitation to enjoy nature.


Packed to bursting with wonderful photographs and simple instructions on how to make things using natural materials.Oxfordshire authors Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield have obviously had great fun in preparing the book.

(Oxford Times)

Full of a welter of activities to get adults and children to really enjoy and explore the outdoors. The combination of practical skills, using what's to hand; creativity and imagination is most inspiring and I'm sure this book will be a boon for any-one who enjoys being in a group in the big outdoors. The book is sturdily produced on quality paper, stitched in the old fashioned way so that it opens flat, with lots of colour photos and clear instructions and explanations. A really beautiful book to own and use.

(School Librarian)

Another fantastic book in the series with inspiring pictures and ideas to encourage you to have a go at something new outside.


An absolute goldmine of creative activities that makes me want to get outside NOW and do it all. It fizzes with life, the beauty of Nature, creativity.


About the Author

FIONA DANKS did a degree in Ecology at Edinburgh University followed by a PGCE in Rural and Environmental Science at Bath College of Higher Education. She currently runs the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment, a non-profit making company providing grants for a wide range of community and environmental projects across Oxfordshire. Fiona lives in Watlington in Oxfordshire. 
JO SCHOFIELD gained a degree in psychology from Exeter University and began her career working for an educational psychologist in London. After getting involved in the production of a film, she went on to work in the creative department of a TV advertising agency where she began taking still photographs. This led on to her becoming a commercial photographer in Australia and then London.More recently she has been focusing on writing and photographing for a series of books with co-author Fiona Danks. Jo lives near Watlington in Oxfordshire. 
Through their website www.goingwild.net, Jo and Fiona provide more ideas for outdoor activities and an opportunity for debate on the importance of real world adventures for all young people. Their other titles for Frances Lincoln are Go Wild (9780711229396), Make it Wild (9780711228856), Nature's Playground (9780711224919), and Run Wild! (9780711231726).

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 21 Dec 2011
I love the book. My daughter is 6 & we find some craft/activity books a little repetetive or babyish. This book has some fantastic ideas that are a lot more original & challenging, requiring a little more skill than just blobbing glue or sticking tape everywhere. It really encourages adult/child bonding & is all the excuse you need to get outdoors. Even on what would normally be the most miserable of days; we go out, have some fun getting wet & muddy collecting our goodies from the garden/park/woods then get home in the cosy warm & complete our task. It also teaches young people to look at nature in a new light. My daughter was always picking up interesting stones/leaves/twigs on our journeys & now we actually have a use for them. Fantastic for inspiring imagination & learning to appreciate & respect nature, especially as some activities actively require the help of nature to complete- like the Ice Windows. I now have to remember to carry a bag in my pocket at all times because I never know when she'll come across more 'treasure'!!
Depending on the age of your youngster, I'd say this is not a book you would give in place of your time or attention (if you were hoping to find a way to distract the kids while you are busy) because a lot of the activities are quite intricate or have complicated aspects that younger children would need assistance with but if you are looking for things for you & your child/family to do together, I can't recommend enough. If, on top of that, you're looking for a way to get your children out in the fresh air & developing skills instead of couped up in the house staring at electronic screens- this is a must!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 7 Jun 2010
A wonderful series of books and this latest one complements them. the books are well used in the woods when working with children & this half term we tried out the bows & arrows, peashooters and cups.....easy to use for adults and children alike, whilst simulating superb experiences for children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book 13 Oct 2010
By peanut
This book is gorgeous and has lots ideas for outdoor creations. I love every page and can't wait to put them into practise with my children. Lets go to the woods right now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GET THIS BOOK 5 Aug 2010
Everybody who has children, grandchildren works with children should have a copy of this book, there are activities to do with young children up to teenagers, some need adult help and suppervision
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make It Wild 23 April 2012
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I bought this book for ideas for a Beach School (like a forest school but on a beach), I'm looking to set up.
It has loads of simple and brilliant ideas, some easy, some more difficult. It covered ideas for each of the seasons too. This is only one of a range of books and they are all fantastic !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 2 Nov 2011
By Bec S
This book is absolutely brilliant! A must have for anyone in the vicinity of children. We are all eagerly awaiting winter to make ice windows. My 5 year old wants to make everything in the book. Superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and imaginative ideas for outdoor play 21 May 2011
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This is a great book - easy to read and lovely photography - full of ideas for crafty projects out of doors. Some are really easy, such as the snow lanterns which we did with our toddler a few times in the winter, whilst others are for older children or would take much longer to create. I know we'll go on using this book for years to come and I have bought it for other people too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joyful creativity 3 April 2011
LOVE this book. It might look like a book for parents of young children but it's appealed to my inner child :-) My son is grown up so it is a pure indulgence for adult me, though my partner is beginning to think about joining in. Have used it on camp, in the garden, on the beach. Everything is so do-able, fun & looks great. The art gets people talking too. A pure joy & one of my most used reference books! Thoroughly recommend it to anyone that loves the outdoors & being creative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read,innovative read.
Published 10 days ago by Barry Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for families and teachers
Full of ideas for fun.
Published 23 days ago by DingAmazon
5.0 out of 5 stars nice ideas, 10 year old still prefers the xbox ...
Lovely book, nice ideas, 10 year old still prefers the xbox though..!! :/
Published 1 month ago by H Cooke
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I am a Forest Schools Practitioner which is the reason I bought this book. It's very similar to another one I have by the same author and so would not necessarily need both books... Read more
Published 5 months ago by ajb
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Great ideas, very inspirational. Hopefully both children and adults will be inspired and go out to play and do something more physical that staying inside with technology
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. Lesley Creevy
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect guide!
This is a perfect guide for your activities in the wild with your (grand)-children!
It gives you many simple idees of what you can do with almost anything found in nature.
Published 8 months ago by wijbrand boon
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as i thought it might be
having had a glance through this some of the suggestions are a bit adventorous & need extra materials you dont find locally
Published 8 months ago by Mr. M. Gilray
5.0 out of 5 stars a must
As with the rest of the series its illustrations and ideas are fantastic,a must for anyone with children or any grown up that loves effective simple natural resources.
Published 15 months ago by nutty
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book
Great book with lots of good ideas. Brilliant for ideas for things to do with your children. Thanks very much
Published 15 months ago by Mrs Louise Conner
5.0 out of 5 stars Make it Wild
A great book for ideas and inspiration for doing things with (or without) children. Like all her other books, its a great one to have around for the children to look through and... Read more
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