It’s a little handbook about family activities to do in the woods. Adam Dove using ideas from UK “forest schools” and makes them approachable for parents and teachers. Learning through play is not a new idea by any means but it is becoming increasingly popular. Tinkergarten, Montessori, and others have grown in the last decade. Why? I think the standards for what children are supposed to know at a young age has become excessive. Parents are trying to find alternative ways of teaching that don’t require young children to sit at a desk eight hours a day.
Each section has a story, followed by how to set up for the upcoming activities, then games and things to create that go with the story. At the end is a wrap-up of what was learned.
For example, section 5 is called “Magic potions and wizards’ power wands”. The story at the beginning is just explaining the ingredients needed to create the potion that can only be used to help others. It says to follow stick arrows and footprints. So, before you go out in the woods with your children you make stick arrows and footprints that lead to the things they need. They follow it, create potions, craft wands, and play a game.
It’s a really cute book with some new ideas for any parent wanting to do more outside and get more involved with your child’s education. I would think the target age range could be anywhere from 3 to 7. Possibly a little older if you make it more elusive for them. I would highly recommend for any parent wanting to spend more time in the outdoors with their child.