Foraging is a great activity to enjoy with children, however most books on the subject are aimed at an adult audience. Here we give details of our favourite family foraging books. The first covers outdoor play and investigating nature with children, including sections on foraging. The others are identification guides that are suitable for use outdoors by people of all ages.
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Let Your Kids Go Wild Outside : Creative Ways to Help Children Discover Nature and Enjoy the Great Outdoors – Fiona Bird
In an era when the iPad is often more appealing than the park, it can be difficult to encourage kids to get off the couch and go outside. In this inspirational book, with ideas for children of all ages, foraging expert Fiona Bird shows the value of playing outside and discovering nature for children and families alike. First Fiona teaches children about their environment, including conservation guidelines and tips on how to forecast the weather. Armed with this knowledge, the outside adventure goes Into the Woods, in Chapter 1, with outdoor crafts including making leaf art bunting, a dream catcher, and a woodland broom. In Chapter 2, Meadows, Hedgerows, and Hills, ideas include wild face paints, natural dyeing, and making potpourri. Onward to Chapter 3, Seashore, where children learn how to go beachcombing, identify different seaweeds, play beach hopscotch, and make a mollusk wind chime. In Chapter 4, Water and Wetlands, children learn to make their own charcoal and go on an animal track and poop hunt!For those who don't want to move far from home, there's plenty to do in My Wild Garden and Kitchen, Chapter 5, such as making a snail holiday village and attracting bugs, as well as developing hunting and gathering skills, with seasonal recipes made from natural ingredients. So let your kids go wild outside, and enjoy watching them learn and blossom.
Foraging with Kids: 52 Wild and Free Edibles to Enjoy with Your Children – Adele Nozedar
In today's world of increasingly sedentary lifestyles and a growing detachment from the food that we eat, it has never been more important to encourage children to put down their screens, get outside and engage with the natural world around them. Foraging with Kids is a fun, practical book for parents to work through with their children that encourages families to interact with their environment and gain knowledge and practical understanding of the natural world through exploration and play.The projects are based around 50 easy-to-identify plants that are abundant in parks, forests and hedgerows worldwide, making the challenge of discovering functional flora just as achievable to those who live in the city as in the countryside. Once they have foraged their plants, children will be amazed by the diverse practical uses that they can set them to; from making soap from conkers or setting a delicious egg-free custard with plantain, to stopping minor cuts from bleeding with hedge woundwort.Children will take great pride in seeing their gatherings forming part of the family meal and parents will be amazed at how even the most vegetable-averse child will develop an enthusiastic appetite for a meal that they have contributed to.Illustrated throughout with beautiful hand drawings and with essential information on plant facts and identification, as well as a diverse range of engaging, practical projects that the whole family will want to get involved with, this is the perfect book for anyone who wants the children under their care to get outside, connect with nature and have a lot of fun in the process.
These excellent value, fold-out identification charts are produced by The Field Studies Council. They are waterproof and are great for parents, teachers and children to use outdoors. If you would like to buy any of the below books, click on the cover photo or order button and you will be taken to the publisher's website where you can see the current price and place your order.
Guide to foraging: top 25 edible plants – Field Studies Council
Foraging: what better way to enjoy the outdoors than to go and find your own food for free? This is an essential resource to take on a family walk or for Forest Schools. The guide covers the top 25 most common and tasty plants that can be found from just outside your front door. Beautiful colour illustrations by Lizzie Harper, as well as a detailed identification table, will give you confidence in identifying which species to eat.
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Fungi Name Trail: Identification Guide – Field Studies Council
Produced in association with the British Mycological Society, this key is to guide teachers, students and parents to help identify some of the fungi found in fields and woodland.
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