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Go Wild!: 101 Things To Do Outdoors Before You Grow Up Paperback – 2 Apr 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; Flexi-bound edition (2 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711229392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711229396
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 1.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Go Wild! Is aimed at families giving you the confidence and knowledge to teach your children new skills in bush craft and how to appreciate the wilder world. Split into easily digestible chapters on shelter, fire, foraging, tools and lots more, it emphasises safety and takes you step by step through activities and crafts that will keep you and your children spellbound for hours...Robin Hood would have been proud to own this book.

(Evolve - Natural History Museum magazine)

An essential addition to the kit bag of any budding outdoor adventurer.

(Country Life)

an essential read for any father desperate to get their teenagers off the computer and into the great outdoors.

(Sunday Express)

Full of ideas to tempt young people outside, and is packed with colour photographs showing the fun that can be had. As with every topic in this book, there are very clear instructions, which are easy to follow, and photographs illustrating every step of the way. Whether you're a parent or a youngster leafing through this book, it's hard not to be inspired by Go Wild!.

(Oxford Times)

A joyous celebration of independence, the great outdoors and taking risks, this is the ideal solution to a credit crunch summer holiday - nature comes conveniently free.

(Daily Mail)

This sumptuously designed book is a pleasure to peruse and really makes you want to head outdoors.

(BBC Wildlife)

Full of ideas and activities for older children to enjoy the outdoors.

(Outdoor Living)

Real kids doing real stuff! This fantastic book is aimed squarely at the age group most often accused by society of spending too much time indoors… Written in a style that implicitly trusts young people's capabilities, and is illustrated with great photos of kids enjoying the outdoors. I've had to wrestle it away from my eight year old just to get a look!

(Juno)

With step-by-step guidelines, stunning photos and sensible advice, the book describes a range of outdoor adventures for families to share, offering tempting alternatives to screen-based entertainment. Sue Palmer … says 'Go Wild! is just what families need to escape from virtual worlds and rediscover the wonders of the real one. It provides the perfect recipe for transforming cotton wool into confident, independent, resilient young people. Every family should have a copy!'

(Families First)

To help make the idea of going outside more fun for both kids and adults Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks have written a series of books packed full of ideas! The good news is nearly all the activities suggested in the books cosst very little and need hardly any fancy equipment, just the motivation to get out of the door and have a go at something new. The authors hope there is something to everyone whether you live in the town or the country or whether you want to climb a mountain or just make a den at the bottom of the garden or in the local park.

(Primary Times)

Not just for kids, this book is packed with ideas.

(Trail)

A brilliant and amazing bushcraft book with stunning pictures we all dream of in our prep schools. Forget lounging on the sofa in front of the TV in the comfy living room of the boarding house. Get out there! I truly believe that this book should be shown during one of your governors' meetings if you intend to promote outdoor education in your school.

(Prep School)

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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When I entered the bookshop, this book jumped off the shelf at me. It is a coffee table book full of beautiful photos of teenagers being outdoors building shelters, hanging around camp fires, making weapons and exploring the local areas. For any parents wanting to get their older children off the couch and away from a screen then this is an inspirational introduction.

However, this book really is only an introduction. If you have been a scout or girl guide then you may well be familiar with most of the activities covered here. Bushcraft experts and outdoor enthusiasts should stay with Ray Mears and Tom Brown's books. You may also argue some of the specifics of the advice given in some chapters.

I think if you are in the process of becoming a forest school leader or thinking about becoming one, then this book would be a useful starting point for ideas and activities. The safety aspects are discussed in a reassuring way which is helpful.

I hope this book will be the one of many more to come, which allow more young people to experience the joys of being outside in a natural environment.
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I brought this book to keep my children busy in the garden through the summer. i was initially a bit disappointed as it describes how to go fishing etc. well beyond the garden! But the book came up trumps in the recent snow when my children's friends came around and spent the entire day making an igloo having apparently read about how to do it in this book, making bricks by filling plastic containers then making 'mortar' out of the snow.

Altogether the idea's in the book cannot be achieved in a suburban garden , but it is written in a way which engages and sticks, and you never know when it will be useful!
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Great follow up book to Natures PLayground, bursting with ideas & springboards. Although it does include some of the more traditional earth education ideas, which are commonly used - so not all new ideas. Nice visual book though.
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It was probably my fault that I didn't notice this book was for those with older children. I have set it aside for when my children are older and purchased Nature's Playground (by the same author) and I am very happy with it.
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This book was spot on for my requirements - it has great readability and the photographs are very clear. Some super ideas that really releases the inner child!
This really does hark back to the good old days of 20 - 25 years ago when children could go out and have fun without an adult being too close; learning from their mistakes (who amongst us has not broken a bone or been stung by a nettle when we were young?!). We created our own dynamic risk assessments - sadly lacking in this day of virtual reality, where mishaps don't hurt until you do it to someone else in the real world, without the lack of empathy that comes of having experienced it for real for yourself. In this book you will discover the delights of solving real problems and the great feeling that comes of 'having done it yourself' - for REAL.
Fantastic.
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Absolutely fantastic book. My nine year old received it along with the 'Real Adventure Den Kit' and spent the whole weekend playing Bear Grylls. Loads of great ideas which she completed all by herself and cant wait to do more. Some ideas are more extreme but with parental support and guidance we hope to complete most of the 101 things!! (Eventually!!)
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As a child in the 1950's I did many, if not all of these activities. I have two grandchildren who will love to read about and do the things detailed in this great little book.

The parental fear of anything slightly dangerous or challenging is robbing a new generation of all the fun we had. Lighting cooking fires, using a penknife, making rope swings and camping without our parents always there to stop us, were the joys of childhood that taught us lessons for the rest of our lives.

Todays cottonwool wrapped children are missing out on so much fun. I recomend this book to all parents. Their children might end up needing a band-aid applied to a cut knee or burnt finger-end but they will enjoy themselves.
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I was happy untill we got to the section with the mutilated animals. I do not think young children should be encouraged to kill animals at all. Really disappointed. My little boy was not very happy after seeing this. Partly my fault for not checking through the whole book. But I would expect a warning for those kind of images. A half skinned rabbit. Dead birds. Not cool.
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