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Dawn Isaac is an award-winning garden designer and the mother of three young children. She spends much of her time coming up with creative activities to keep them busy – all of which are screen-free. Her popular blog is the featured blog on the RHS family website. Dawn writes on garden design for the Guardian, The Telegraph, Good Housekeeping and The Garden, and runs Family Garden Design courses in association with Mumsnet Academy. She is the author of the bestselling 101 Things for Kids to do Outside and 101 Things for Kids to do on a Rainy Day, which together have over 100,000 copies in print.
Doing exactly what it says on the tin, this book is indeed packed with things for kids to do with science and the great news is that all 101 of them are fun and generally easy to do, and that they can be created from craft materials or items that all of us will have readily to hand. The instructions are straightforward and written in a conspiratorial style that positively encourages children to ‘create mayhem’ while on each page a paragraph called ‘The Sciencey Bit’ explains the scientific process behind each experiment. Diagrams and colour photos make it more accessible and attractive to look at too. With activities that can be carried out indoors and outdoors, this will be great for the Easter and summer holidays.
101 Things for Kids to do Outside will have your children racing out to try something new. The huge selection of ideas covers all four seasons and ranges from quick 10-minute activities to a full day of fun. From party games and treasure hunts to simple gardening projects, each idea is simple to follow and illustrated with colour photography, so you can't go wrong! Activities include building a human sundial, creating an outdoor collage, setting up a wormery, planting a potato tower, making natural inks, flying a homemade kite and playing torch tag.