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I Love Dirt - Jennifer Ward

Paperback Published: 13th May 2008
ISBN: 9781590305355
Number Of Pages: 144

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Oh, what fun a child can have by jumping in mud puddles, collecting bugs and listening to birds! And yet, many children today have become so occupied with TV, computers and video games that unstructured outdoor play is sadly becoming a thing of the past. I LOVE DIRT! is a call to parents, educators and caregivers to help children recover one of the great joys of childhood. Through 52 activities, readers will find a wealth of creative ways to actively engage children, ages four to nine, in nature. Each activity presents an open-ended project meant to promote exploration, stimulate imagination and heighten a sense of wonder: Bug Lullabies challenge kids to use their sense of hearing to pick out insect noises; in Cloud races children are engaged in a fun contest to see whose cloud reaches the designated finish line first: "Help Me Understand" sidebars provide answers to potential questions such as "What's a cloud?" - as well as fun science facts, making this a wonderful resource for any adult fostering a child's growth

"Here is the potential for much fun, many meaningful experiences--and a trove of shared stories."--Richard Louv, from the foreword

"There may be no better way to ensure the well-being of the natural world tomorrow than to introduce children to its many small wonders today. Through a series of accessible activities designed to engage young minds and all five senses, this book reminds us of--even celebrates--the magic to be found right outside our own back doors."--Todd Christopher, cofounder of National Wildlife Federation's Green Hour

"I Love Dirt! is a perfect book for parents, teachers, or anyone who cares about children and nature. A nature-lover herself, Jennifer Ward has done an excellent job creating a collection of fun, interactive ways for children everywhere to connect with nature and combat the growing negative impact of sedentary, indoor lifestyles on our youth."--David Mizejewski, naturalist, National Wildlife Federation, and host of Animal Planet's Backyard Habitat

"A perfect companion to your nature center and hiking trail excursions!"--Nashville Parent

"A wonderful resource for parents. This book could be the ticket to many wonderful memories for both parent and child."--Portland Book Review

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
Spring: Activities for Warm Days and Rainy Weather
Spring Into Springp. 3
Bouquet of Colorp. 5
Move Over, Cloverp. 7
Hear, Here!p. 9
Wiggly for Wormsp. 12
See That Tree?p. 15
Leaf Lookingp. 18
Going On a Bird Huntp. 21
Be Like Audubonp. 25
A Little Birdie Told Mep. 28
Up, Up, and Awayp. 31
Build That Nestp. 33
Rain, Rain, Come Againp. 36
Puddle Jumpersp. 38
Summer: Activities for Hot Days and Warm Nights
Digging Dirtp. 43
Anticsp. 46
Sun Funp. 49
Butterfly Cafep. 51
Ladybug, Ladybugp. 54
Handy Plantsp. 56
Wow, Water!p. 58
Water-Hole Watchingp. 61
Stone Agep. 64
Rock 'n' Rollp. 66
Backyard Lullabyp. 69
Moon Shadowsp. 72
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Starp. 75
Fall: Activities for Cool Days and Cloudy Weather
Time Outp. 81
Zoom Inp. 84
A Thinking Placep. 87
Wild Hide-and-Seekp. 89
Take a Walk on the Wild Sidep. 91
Some Web!p. 94
Roly-Poly Racesp. 96
Look Up, Look Down, Look All Aroundp. 98
Cloud Racingp. 101
Wandering Windp. 103
Say, "Whoosh!"p. 105
What Goes Up Must Come Downp. 108
Groovy Gravityp. 111
Falling for Naturep. 113
Winter: Activities for Cold Days and Snowy Weather
Tweet Treatp. 119
Snow Me Some Funp. 122
Fluffy Flakesp. 124
Cloud Breathp. 127
Dot-to-Dot Starsp. 129
Bare Naked Treesp. 131
Snow Talesp. 134
Feathers 'n' Furp. 136
Slip, Slide, Wild Ridep. 138
Wild and Wintryp. 140
Winter Gardenp. 143
Resources and Recommended Readingp. 147
About the Authorp. 151
About the Illustratorp. 153
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ISBN: 9781590305355
ISBN-10: 1590305353
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 13th May 2008
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.2 x 14.1  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1