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5 Books that inspire kids to get outdoors

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We all know how important it is for both mental and physical wellbeing to spend time outdoors especially as the world seems to be filled with more screens than ever. My boys love our daily walks and outdoor adventures but even they need some inspiration to get them going especially as we head into the colder months, so I thought I would share my 5 favourite books they help inspire us to get outside and having fun.

1. The Lost Book of Adventure 

This is our current favourite and is packed full of beautiful illustrations and outdoor inspiration and makes us want to get our sleeping bags and tent and head out the door each time we read it. From tips on putting together your own survival tin, campfire cooking, wild garden camping, navigation, how to plan a bike ride, it's stunning adventure manual that is easy and accessible for both children and adults to use.

2.  Let's Go Outside - Jennifer Ward

This book contains over 50 outdoor activities and projects to get you and your get into nature. What I love about this book is there are quick and easy ideas that literally take no time at all to put together and then there are others that are slightly bigger projects or activities, this way you can easily plan for long sunny days or those short outings between the rain.

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3. The Night-time adventure notebook - National Trusts Books

This book has been put together by The National Trust and offers another list of 50 things to do before your 11 3/4 except at night. We have slowly been making our way through this book and there are some really fun ideas that I wouldn't have thought of on my own such as keeping a moon chart or going on an owl prowl. 

4. Earthwise - Carol Petrash

This is one of my favourite books for seasonal based nature and environmental crafts and activities for young children. What I love is the simplicity of the crafts and ideas and how they are broken down into easy to follow instructions as well as the focus on the environment and helping to teach children to respect nature. There are also seasonal suggestions on how to make your home or classroom more earth-friendly.

 5. Take me Outdoors - A nature journal for young explorers by Mary Richards

We haven't had this journal long but are really enjoying using it and taking it with us on our outdoor adventures. Not only does it have plenty of space for children to write, draw and record their adventures but there are some fantastic prompts, facts and ideas. There are also some great illustrations such as ones to help you identify different kinds of clouds as well as a lovely little certificate at the end of the book once all the prompts are complete - a really fun nature-inspired journal book for children. 

These kind of books are great to share and pass down so keep them in good condition. With the Take me Outdoors journal we are making sure to use a pencil in case the boys want to reuse the book. Of course, it's a good idea to have somewhere nice and safe to store and display these books such as a bookcase on website. As with the world around us, I always aim to encourage my boys to care for the things they own and can pass on to others so we have a few bookshelves in their room and the living to keep our books safe and easy to access when we are low on inspiration. 

I hope this mini-book list helped you and these are 5 books we use often.


  1. These sound like really great books to inspire and teach children. I reckon they’d be good for all ages to read too.

  2. I'm going to really look into these. My kids love being outside


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