Ok, so a couple of months ago we visited the Borders in Oxford Street (just before it closed, unfortunately). I think I promised to tell you about the couple of books I bought; they didn't have any craft books, sadly. But the books do have some element of crafty to them, so it's all good.
This is the first one, The Bumper Book of Nature by Stephen Moss. It is all about stuff you can experience in nature, stuff you can make and do. It is divided into 5 main sections: All Year Round, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.
This book really reminds me of books I used to read when I was little - books I think were actually my dad's from he was a kid. This book teaches you (or your child) to climb trees, how to distinguish different trees by looking at their leaves, when to hear a cuckoo. It encourages you to stand out in the rain (yes! it can be fun!), sit still for an hour, shows you how to make plaster casts of animal and bird footprints. There's recipes for rose-petal sandwiches, roasting chestnuts and making blackberry jelly.
I am crazy about this book. It makes me want to drag Tony out into the wilds and climb some trees (ok, maybe not, because I am scared of heights, but you get the idea, right?). And I would never have come across this book if it hadn't been because we went to Borders.
I think, in a couple of years when Nephew is a bit older we should definitely give him a copy of this book. It has got so much information and fun stuff for kids to try and to explore nature. And kids need to get out there and get mud in their hair - way better than playing with Gameboys and what have you! Eh!? ;-)
I highly recommend this book. It may seem oldfashioned to some, but I think it is bang up to date, really. We all need to connect with nature so we can take better care of it.