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5.0 out of 5 stars Remember when, as a child, everything was interesting...
Keri Smith is the master of encouraging you to see things you usually wouldn't see in life. Just flicking through this book I wanted to race out and start doing everything she tells me to do in it.

There are 59 exploration ideas/activities from creating a survey and documenting peoples answers to experimenting with different items as a writing utensil. It takes...
Published on 26 Sep 2011 by Books, Coffee & Anything Crafty

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2.0 out of 5 stars I like many of Keri Smith's books but this was not ...
I like many of Keri Smith's books but this was not one of her better ones.

The first half gives you instructions or ways of exploring; and whilst i love the great outdoors, many of the suggestions in the book struck me as time-consuming, banal or embarrassing to conduct in front of others. Some examples are "sit in one location for an hour and document all...
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remember when, as a child, everything was interesting..., 26 Sep 2011
This review is from: How to be an Explorer of the World (Paperback)
Keri Smith is the master of encouraging you to see things you usually wouldn't see in life. Just flicking through this book I wanted to race out and start doing everything she tells me to do in it.

There are 59 exploration ideas/activities from creating a survey and documenting peoples answers to experimenting with different items as a writing utensil. It takes you out of your box and makes you think like a child again, when creativity had no boundaries.

You're highly encouraged to write/draw/paint in the book and glue things you've collected in to it. I love this idea, but I have such a bad notebook obsession that I couldn't help but open up a new one for my 'explorations'. For me, that means I can keep coming back to some of the ideas and do them again, but some people might prefer to just throw caution to the wind and get stuck in gluing everything you find into the pages of the book. Whatever floats your boat.

I highly recommend this to anyone who is ready to be a child again and start exploring the things in the world we'd forgotten to look closely at.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love it :), 12 Jun 2010
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It's a great book for quite artistic people as it forces you to see beauty in literally everything. I'd say it's not really aimed at children under the age of 13 as the ideas are sometimes a bit complex, but I'm 15 and I absolutely love it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all children!, 25 Nov 2012
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Super book! My daughter found it at the library and loved it so much, we had to buy it for her. This is not book that will sit on the shelf, but will be brought along on outings for all the little "explorers" out there. A must have in every child's book collection.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now an avid explorer!, 26 July 2009
I absolutely LOVE Keri Smiths books, i was started off on 'Wreck This Journal' and i bought this book about two months ago before I went to Holland. Even in every day life this book helps you to be creative and really look out for details you would normally ignore.. I would say this book is a fantastic tool for teaching & learning how to be more open and observant.. which in turn unleashes creativity! Highly recommend any of Keri Smiths books but this is my favourite at the moment :) I am now an avid collector and explorer of the world.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I like many of Keri Smith's books but this was not ..., 25 Nov 2014
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K. Lancaster "mochachocca" (Nottingham, England) - See all my reviews
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I like many of Keri Smith's books but this was not one of her better ones.

The first half gives you instructions or ways of exploring; and whilst i love the great outdoors, many of the suggestions in the book struck me as time-consuming, banal or embarrassing to conduct in front of others. Some examples are "sit in one location for an hour and document all the sounds you can hear" "write down 50 things about a trip to the grocery store" "choose an everyday object, and look at the top half of it for 15 minutes, and the bottom half of it for 15 minutes, and write down everything about it" "collect all the things you find one day, and comapre with a friend" "Start heading out in any direction. act on instinct. Do the opposite of what you thin you should. If you start to think you are wasting your time, then you are doing it correctly."

The second half of the book is for you to document things --- but this is seemingly unrelated to the first half of the book with the explorer suggestions in it. it has titles such as "Date. Description. Location" but it's unclear what this is referring to. "Research Notes. Connect the dots" followed by a lot of circles with dots in them - again, i can't think what to write in it. and lots of pages that say "Experience Documentation Log. Date.... Time.... Location... Description, colours, smells etc..." I suppose you are supposed to use your imagination, which i am quite capable of doing, but i can do that with a blank notebook which only costs £1.

I may do a couple of the ideas with my young son, as it's probably useful to get kids thinking and learning about the world and stop taking things for granted.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 12 Dec 2010
My 7 year old daughter was given this book for her birthday about 6 months ago. She has loved using it and still takes it along when we are out and about. I don't think it is too old for her - she is very artistic and imaginative. Great book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great creative jump lead, 18 Dec 2011
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Andy Green "Andy Green creativity maven" (beautiful Barry Island) - See all my reviews
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Bereft of ideas, inspiration, or motivation - pick up this book to get you back on track.

Also, a great read for getting you to re-examine the familiar - or what you thought was familiar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm off to explore, 30 May 2014
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What a fabulous book a so much fun. I feel like I've stepped into a different world. A world of creative possibility
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite, 28 Mar 2014
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I bought this book years ago for my children as I had read an article on it. I set them tasks from the book and it will became quite fantastic to see them so engaged and interested and looking at what's around them. A definite must have in the house, it is also good for adults as I enjoyed doing the tasks with the children. It is also linked to PSHE, and encourages children to think about what is around them and not to take the planet for granted in an indirect way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it., 6 Mar 2014
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Lovely, quirky book to have when running out of inspiration or ideas! Fun to have a play around with, I'd defo recommend this book to any art lovers
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