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101 Things For Kids To Do On A Rainy Day

The new volume full of creative (and occasionally crazy) ideas for things to do when the weather is bad and you're stuck inside - without having to go any where near a TV or computer screen!


Why not grow a windowsill herb garden, make your own jigsaw, or learn to play the glasses? Get crafty with decoupage and salt dough, or play detective by dusting for fingerprints. Exciting makes include terrariums and kaleidoscopes, whilst wacky games cover everything from Balloon Stomp to Sticky Note Scramble.


All 101 ideas are designed to be achievable with little or no parental help, and only use materials that you already have around the house. With a wealth of creative and fun suggestions to keep you amused, you might not even notice that the rain has stopped.

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101 Things For Kids to Do Outside

There were times in writing this book when I said "Who on earth thought 101 was a good number?  It's not a good nubmer.  It's a HUGE number."  Then I remembered it was my idea, so I shut up and carried on writing.  The result is this - a book packed with games, projects, crafts, experiments and gardening inspiration.  There are ideas to cover all four seasons and they range from quick 10-minute activities to a full day of fun. And there are LOTS of them.  I should know.

Activities include building a human sundial, creating an outdoor collage, setting up a wormery, planting a potato tower, making natural inks, flying a homemade kite, building a solar powered oven and playing torch tag - all with easy to follow instructions and colour photography. Best of all you don't need a big garden - a local park or small area will suffice. So go on.  What are you waiting for?  101 Things for Kids to do Outside is sure to get kids away from the computer and provide hours of entertainment for the entire family.

"I'd personally suggest each family is given a copy of this book. As Isaac says, addressing the children for whom her book is designed: You can even do these things whilst still wearing your pyjamas. What do I care? I don't have to wash them. Your parents are going to LOVE me!" And I do, Dawn. I really do." - Beverley Turner, The Telegraph

"I love the book... 101 Things For Kids To Do Outside is a quarter of the price of a single day's theme-park ticket and... delivers considerably better value for money." - The Independent on Sunday 

"There are so many things I love about this book. The ideas are brilliant, everything is photographed, but there’s no annoying snazzy styling, just simple, joyful pictures of kids having fun doing stuff. The best bit is the writing, which is directed towards the child, with references, here and there to an alien species called ‘the grown-ups’." - Laetitia Maklouf

"A phenomenally well-written guide to inspiring children outdoors... It’s a must buy for the children (and grown ups) you know who aren’t instinctively ‘outdoorsy’ but just need a shove in the right direction." Project Wild Thing

"Guaranteed to ensure you never hear 'I’m bored' screeched again. Ever... This is the kind of book which will have even the hardest to please kids racing outside to try something new." Cambridge News

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Garden Crafts for Children

My first book is full of inspirational ideas to get kids excited about gardening and nature from a wheelbarrow vegetable garden and pressed flower soaps, to insect hotels and sunflower alleys.

There are chapters on using creative containers from teapots to rain boots, windowsill gardening with foods such as cress and beans, and beautiful nature crafts such as picture frames and mobiles that can be made indoors.

Whether your garden is big or small, and even if you don't have a garden at all, these garden crafts will keep kids entertained, with plenty of projects to fill every season.

The 35 projects, perfect for children from ages 3 to 11, are designed to be achievable and affordable with simple-to-follow, step-by-step photographs and clear advice, and there is help on growing and gardening for children and adults alike.

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