New books help kids get out and explore

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CONTRARY to popular belief, children love being outside.

Yes, they love their games consoles and television programmes too – possibly far too much – but should you actually manage to prise little fingers away from the remote control and get them through the back door, then more often than not they’ll find something to do.

Of course, the garden, the park and the woods offer much more than just open space to run off the day’s sweetie intake. The problem, though, can be knowing what to look for.

Six new children’s titles have just been launched by specialist natural history publishers Fine Feather Press aimed at helping children engage with the natural world around them, empowering them with vital knowledge so when they do go out to explore, the experience is more than just a run about outside.

Beautifully designed and rich in detail, the range includes the Let’s Look For Series – four titles focusing on birds, butterflies, garden wildlife and wild flowers – which encourage young readers to search out animals and plants, ticking them off as they go, stickers, fascinating facts and a fold-out play scene.

The range’s ABC Activity Cards turn learning about natural history into a game, ideal for pre-schoolers. And for slightly older children, Get Out Nature Puzzles & Games bursts with puzzles, drawing activities, a colourful fold out wall chart and colouring tasks – perfect for keeping little people busy.

Aimed at primary age children, the title encourages them to write imaginatively about their outdoor fun, draw what they see, identify different creatures and think about the different textures, sights, smells and sounds of the great outdoors.