Books to Get You and Your Kids Outside

Now that spring has well and truly sprung, it's time to be getting out into the wild and exploring nature. But, with so many distractions, like TVs, tablets, games consoles and - dare we say it - books keeping your kids inside, sometimes it can be tricky getting them out and about. A recent survey revealed that three quarters of children in the UK spend less time outside than prisoners! So, here are some books to help you encourage your family to join in some fun days in the great outdoors. 

1. Bug Hotel and Bird House 

Clover Robin 

3 years +

These lift-the-flap books are all about what bugs and birds your kids can find in their gardens and how to help look after them. Bug Hotel features a range of facts about insects and critters including ladybirds, bees and snails and how to care for them by constructing your own bug hotel. In Bird House, your children can learn all about the birds they'll see in their garden, including information on how to make your garden more welcoming for birds by using bird feeders and bird houses, as well as extra facts about topics such as nests and migration. These fascinating and engaging reads for toddlers will make them really keen to get out and explore the animals they can spot in the wild. 

2. 101 Fun Outdoor Activities for Children

Fiona Bird 

7 years +

You won't be stuck for ideas for getting the whole family exploring the great outdoor with this fantastic activity book. From crafting ideas such as leaf bunting to embracing the wildlife by animal tracking, there is a great range of fun activities for you and your kids to try. With a focus on getting your kids enjoying nature, the book also aims to improve your kids' fitness levels and getting the whole family to bond together. If you need some outdoor activity ideas that are sure to make them put down their phones for a while, this is the book for you. 


3. Rainy Day Kids Adventure Book

Steph Scott

The outdoor fun doesn't have to stop when the rain starts falling, Steph Scott's book brings together a whole range of activities that all the family can get involved in - whatever the weather! Get your children involved in activities like puddle painting and making windspinners. Plus, if the bad weather gets a bit much, there are also indoor activity ideas using things found in nature for you all to try out. Never be down about a rainy day again with this handy activity book. 

These are the books you need to add to your shelf if you are looking to make the most of the warmer weather with the whole family. Get your kids out in the sunshine and enjoying the wild outdoors without the hassle with these fantastic books. Have fun out there! 

  • BUGH 3 years +
    Clover Robin
    3 years +
    • £4.99
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    Children interested in nature and all kinds of creepy-crawlies will love learning the facts on display in this fun lift-the-flap book.

    It explains how a bug hotel is a home-made habitat where insects of all shapes and sizes can come to stay. It even encourages children to build one in their own back garden using common and natural materials including straw, wood and stone.

    Among the critters it features are bees, snails and ladybirds and it also offers simple explanations of their traits and behaviour.
  • BRDH 3 years +
    Clover Robin
    3 years +
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    The Bird House is a shaped lift-the-flap book that will help children learn more about our feathered friends.

    This book opens with an explanation about how bird houses can come in all shapes and sizes and how they are usually wooden. They provide safe shelter for birds who need extra protection of don't have a nest. It also reveals how humans can help birds survive.

    From the floating structures of duck houses to dovecotes and bird feeders and baths, this is a must for any young nature lover. It even gives simple explanations for the concepts of migration and tips on how to make gardens more suitable, welcoming and bird-friendly.
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    Steph Scott
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    Wet weather doesn't mean your children have to stay inside in front of a screen. This amazing book is packed with outdoor games and activities that can be played in the wind, rain and snow!

    Written by a pair of outdoor enthusiasts, this book has many new and novel ways to encourage children to get outside. From puddle painting to making windspinners from golden leaves, all of these projects are fun and easy to complete.

    If you don't want to stay out for too long, this book also lists things that can be collected while outside and then used in a variety of stay-at-home projects.
  • FOAC 7 years +
    7 years +
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    Encourage children to put down their devices and embrace the great outdoors by following the fun-filled activities in this inspiring book. There are over a hundred to try out!

    From making leaf art bunting to dream catchers and toy rafts, there are so many activities to enjoy. There are also more fitness-based activities including beach hopscotch, animal tracking and developing hunter-gathering skills.

    As well as improving children's health and fitness levels, this book can help them get closer to nature and enjoy all aspects of the great outdoors. There are fun activities including making a wormery and bug attractor and reference pictures to help identify plants, flowers and wildlife.