Combining learning and play, this book is designed to introduce young children to nature study with fascinating practical examples. Once children have discovered some of the smaller wonders of the natural world, they can learn to appreciate and care for it throughout their lives. The ten terrific projects to help youngsters learn about the world around them include a wild flower window box, a shoe-box museum, a bean-in-a-box maze, a wiggly wormery, bark and leaf rubbings, a miniature pond, a book of pressed flowers, and a garden grown from muddy boots! Each project is accompanied by an illustrated list of materials and there are additional tips on safety and being a good naturalist. Clear stage-by-stage photographs show children completing each project so that young readers learn alongside them, and the ideas use simple materials and basic equipment that are easy to find around the home. An informative introduction provides simple instructions on safety and caring for the environment. This is the perfect starter book for 3- to 7-year-olds - for older readers to use with minimum supervision, or for younger ones to enjoy with adult help.
Steve Parker is a highly experienced author, editor and consultant specializing in information books on the natural world, biology, technology and general sciences. He has a First Class Honours BSc in Zoology and is a Scientific Fellow of the Zoological Society of London. He has worked on the staff of London's Natural History Museum, and also at leading book publishers. Steve has written more than 300 books and edited or consulted on many other titles, from small, light-hearted one-offs to encyclopedias and multi-volume series, for a wide range of international publishers. He also appears on television and radio, and regularly presents talks, workshops, literacy projects and other events for schools, libraries, clubs and organisations. In this volume of accessible child-friendly projects he has collaborated with his wife Jane.