Go Wild!: 101 Things To Do Outdoors Before You Grow Up Paperback – 2 Apr 2009
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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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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.
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
my great nephew has been glued to it and is making all sorts of things, according to his Dad - I call that a perfect present!Published 1 month ago by Kevin Hyland
Packed with loads of ideas and activities related to forest school/bushcraft/survival. Includes cooking, tools and weapons, shelters, fire making and knots to name a few. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mr P.
This was a present for my grandson. He loves it and i hope he will enjoy going wildPublished 19 months ago by Christine Mary Shelley
Full of useful information for a novice...but not nearly as many fun ideas for a family with young kids as 'Make It Wild'.Published 23 months ago by DingAmazon
Brilliant book - a must for all families and those interested in the outdoorsPublished 23 months ago by MikeExplorer
The title of the book implies that it is written for children/teens. However, it's aimed at their parents. Read morePublished on 12 July 2014 by Hazel W.