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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 number. 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.

"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

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101 Things For Kids To Do On A Rainy Day

The second book in the 101 series is 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.

'This is packed with original ideas' - The Telegraph

'This book is packed with ideas that are achievable with little or no adult help, such as crossword greeting cards, making a lava lamp and setting up an indoor obstacle course, using easily available materials. It's suitable for children from three upwards' - The Mail on Sunday

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101 Brilliant Things For Kids To Do With Science

This third volume in the 101 series will give kids the perfect excuse for mess, mayhem and even the occasional explosion - after all it's all 'in the name of science' so parents really won't mind! Of course they are in danger of learning the odd thing along the way, but don't worry - it doesn't hurt.

So pop on those safety goggles, don a white coat and let's get going - we have water balloons to launch, hovercrafts to build, ice-cream to make, helicopters to race, balls to levitate, rainbows to eat - and a whole lot more chaos to create. Bit it's okay - it's science.

"101 Brilliant Things for Kids To Do with Science is full of creative (and occasionally outrageous!) ideas for budding young scientists. there are tons of suggestions to kick-start experiments and projects that will get kids really excited about science!" - National Geographic Kids Magazine

"Many of the ideas are really unusual and also very practical - I like the Gel Air Freshener and the Bee and Butterfly Watering Hole. An excellent book, full of inspiring ideas to entertain and inform." - Parents in Touch

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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.

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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