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The Nature of Play Book – A Handbook of Nature-Based Activities for All Seasons


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Suggesting an antidote to our era of ever-present screens and passive play, this new book by Fanny + Alexander, The Nature of Play, offers simple, seasonal activities encouraging children (and the adults who love them) to play with and among nature – whether they live among skyscrapers or fields.

Days spent wandering and wondering are what childhoods should be made of – and The Nature of Play is packed with plentiful ideas for simple, fascinating and fun ways to do just that – rain or shine.

About the Nature of Play – A Handbook of Nature-Based Activities for All Seasons

Playing is in our nature – and playing among nature is one of the greatest delights childhood has to offer, whether you live among skyscrapers or fields. The Nature of Play suggests simple, seasonal ideas for nature-based play all year long, from long-beloved rainy day games to intrepid outdoor adventures, including:

  • Learning how to find your way using nature’s signs
  • Cooking delicious food over a fire you’ve carefully built
  • Weaving a timeless basket
  • Hosting a special summertime party
  • Tuning up your bike

…as well as nature guides, recipes and poems to take celebrate the turning of the seasons, and conversations with extraordinary people.

From the pure joy of flying a homemade kite to the nocturnal magic of stargazing, this is a book for children and adults alike to turn to, whatever the weather.

216 pages


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