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The Big Book of Nature Activities: A Year-Round Guide to Outdoor Learning Paperback – Illustrated, June 17 2016

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Fall Sample Activity: Rainbow Connection

Fall Sample Activity: Rainbow Connection

Cut up a variety of paint color samples — especially reds, oranges, yellows, purples and greens — into smaller pieces. Hand out five to ten pieces to each member of the group. Ask them to try to find leaves along the trail that exactly match the color of each paint sample.

Once you start looking closely, you will be amazed at the variety of fall colors. What other natural objects (e.g., grasses, rocks, flowers, bark) match your paint cards? After a time, switch colors. To make the game even more challenging, look for different shades of each color.

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"From the beginning of time we have been connected to nature, but for the first time in history, that connection threatens to be broken for most of an entire generation and perhaps generations to come. When children play in nature — climb trees, build forts and dams in creeks and go exploring — here is what happens: they have less obesity, less likelihood of developing attention deficit disorder, lower rates of depression and suicide, less alcohol and drug abuse, less bullying, plus, they get higher marks. This book provides a wealth of ideas for adults to engage children and themselves in the wonders of the natural world with suggested activities for all seasons. Nature is magic. And nature is free."
— Robert Bateman, artist and naturalist

"These are the understandings humans have passed down over hundreds of generations; now we need to make a conscious effort to insure our kids can understand and enjoy the gorgeous world around them."
— Bill McKibben, author,
Long Distance and Eaarth

"Today's children are growing up indoors. A lack of nearby access to nature, transportation, school budget cuts, and competing priorities are among the barriers that have left an entire generation inside. The Big Book of Nature Activities will be a great resource to all of us who work with children. As a former environmental educator, I know how it feels to see a child light up inside after a first nature experience. As I embark on a new phase of life, motherhood, I look forward to using activities in this book to help me share my love for the outdoors with my son."
— Jackie Ostfeld, Nearby Nature Director, Sierra Club

Nature is disappearing from our surroundings under the assault of human numbers, technology, consumption and an economic imperative. We will only fight to protect what we love but with most Canadians now living in large urban settings, nature has retreated before manicured lawns, concrete and glass so "weeds" and "pests" become remnants of what was once a world of rich biodiversity. The Big Book of Nature Activities is a welcome book that should be a bible for all adults and children eager to rediscover the very source of our health, joy and spiritual connection."
— David Suzuki, science broadcaster and environmental activist

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"From the beginning of time we have been connected to nature, but for the first time in history, that connection threatens to be broken for most of an entire generation and perhaps generations to come. When children play in nature ― climb trees, build forts and dams in creeks and go exploring ― here is what happens: they have less obesity, less likelihood of developing attention deficit disorder, lower rates of depression and suicide, less alcohol and drug abuse, less bullying, plus, they get higher marks. This book provides a wealth of ideas for adults to engage children and themselves in the wonders of the natural world with suggested activities for all seasons. Nature is magic. And nature is free."
― Robert Bateman, artist and naturalist

"These are the understandings humans have passed down over hundreds of generations; now we need to make a conscious effort to insure our kids can understand and enjoy the gorgeous world around them."
― Bill McKibben, author,
Long Distance and Eaarth

"Today's children are growing up indoors. A lack of nearby access to nature, transportation, school budget cuts, and competing priorities are among the barriers that have left an entire generation inside. The Big Book of Nature Activities will be a great resource to all of us who work with children. As a former environmental educator, I know how it feels to see a child light up inside after a first nature experience. As I embark on a new phase of life, motherhood, I look forward to using activities in this book to help me share my love for the outdoors with my son."
― Jackie Ostfeld, Nearby Nature Director, Sierra Club

Nature is disappearing from our surroundings under the assault of human numbers, technology, consumption and an economic imperative. We will only fight to protect what we love but with most Canadians now living in large urban settings, nature has retreated before manicured lawns, concrete and glass so "weeds" and "pests" become remnants of what was once a world of rich biodiversity. The Big Book of Nature Activities is a welcome book that should be a bible for all adults and children eager to rediscover the very source of our health, joy and spiritual connection."
― David Suzuki, science broadcaster and environmental activist

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ New Society Publishers; Illustrated edition (June 17 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0865718024
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0865718029
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 947 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 20.32 x 1.96 x 25.4 cm
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