It seems almost sad that we might need a book to give us ideas on how to engage our children with nature, but we welcome I Love Dirt nonetheless.
As a child I ran barefoot, rode bareback, chased fireflies, climbed trees, caught crawdads in the creek, secretly raided gardens and (quite cleverly) rigged playing cards to my Huffy bicycle spokes with clothespins to create a motor sound when I pedaled. So writes author Jennifer Ward about her own childhood connection with the outdoors. She has written many picture books, usually featuring animals in nature settings and this, her first work of non-fiction, is aimed at adults - parents, teachers and anyone interested in sharing and discovering nature with children.
The full title of the book is I Love Dirt: 52 Activities to help you and your kids discover the wonders of nature and the forward is written by Richard Louv who you may remember as the author of Last Child in the Woods which we featured last year. The activities are organized by the four seasons ("Going on a bird hunt" in Spring, "Water hole watching" in Summer, for example) and offer ideas for getting out there - and, sometimes, getting dirty - with kids.
We especially like that most of the activities don't require any accoutrements to buy nor do they require that you live near a wondrous nature preserve.