Whether your family spends all day in the forest or you are only just beginning your outdoor play journey, we can all do with a bit of inspiration from time to time.
We’ve picked five of our favourite books guaranteed to help inspire wild play.
Play The Forest School Way; Woodland games, crafts and skills for adventurous kids by Jane Worroll and Peter Houghton
This is one of my all-time favourite books as it is a veritable treasure trove of ideas!
The book is organised into four sections for ease of use and gives extensive coverage of Forest School ideas, activities and principles.
However, some of the activities may require a little more equipment than the average family generally takes out on a trip to the great outdoors.
The activities all include concise, easy to follow instructions and clear, unfussy diagrams. Many also have additional background information on the origins of the activity.
All in all, this is a great book to have around when planning an adventure.
This book does exactly what it says on the cover!
The simple ideas, written in a child-friendly way, are sure to alleviate those ‘I’m bored’ moments, and the beautiful photography will appeal to readers of all ages.
The ideas are organised by theme and helpfully numbered. This book is best dipped in and out of as the mood takes you, as reading cover to cover does leave you with the feeling that many of the ideas are very similar to each other.
We especially love the suggestion of making a ‘Stick Adventure Bag’ containing all the resources you may need to enhance your stick play whilst out and about.
Split into three sections, this book contains information on how to wildlife watch and encourage wildlife in your local area, types of habitats and a species guide.
The species guide is an excellent introduction to British wildlife for any young naturalist with detailed illustrations and valuable facts.
It is somewhat concise in the number of species it contains but is an excellent springboard into more comprehensive ID books.
The other sections are full of brilliant ideas to help you explore all of the signs of wildlife, from looking for tracks to identifying poo!
Another book that does what it says on the cover, although this time with a massive variety of outdoor-inspired projects.
There are activities for both gardens and further afield, all illustrated by beautiful photographs.
The instructions are pretty lengthy, and some younger readers may find them overwhelming, but the activities themselves are pretty straightforward and all lots of fun.
This is a fantastic book that looks in detail at one aspect of Wild Play, whittling.
It is a must-read for any keen young whittlers as well as boosting your knowledge and confidence.
The book starts with sections on types of wood, tools and techniques, which are a great read for adults but possibly slightly wordy for all but the most dedicated child whittlers!
It then moves on to the 20 interesting, challenging and, most importantly, achievable projects. Each one is written with detailed, easy to follow instructions and clear photographs illustrating each step.
This book is a firm family favourite and has inspired my children to achieve some creative projects.
If you are looking for more ideas to inspire your family’s wild play, why not look at our Flo & Fawn WildSTEM subscription service.
WildSTEM boxes provide a month of seasonal nature-based challenges from acorn catapults to wildflower cakes, which can be recorded in their handmade Nature Journal – all designed by qualified teachers and tested by real children.
WildSTEM boxes will inspire your children to learn about the natural world and experience it in new ways, learning essential STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) through imaginative and engaging activities.
Each WildSTEM box is packed with plenty of independent activities for 6-11-year-olds and fun for the whole family to enjoy. Full, easy to follow instructions are included for each activity as well as crucial parts, so you’re never left searching the shops for that vital piece.
The flexible subscription service lets you sign up for 1, 3 or 6 months to make sure you’re getting the best value learning.
Starting at just £11.50 a month, you’ll receive eight different seasonal activities each time, all beautifully packaged in a handy box that fits through the letterbox, so you never miss a delivery.