For most parents or carers, the idea of keeping children occupied and entertained in the colder and wetter months of the year can sometimes be hard work. The Wild Weather Book by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield is designed exactly for this purpose, to give you ideas on how to get your child outside in the fresh air even when it is rainy, cold, windy or snowy.
The book is beautifully produced. It is a handy size, made with good quality paper and has beautiful colourful images on every page. The font used is very clear and easy to read.
The book is divided into five sections: rainy days, after the rain, windy days, snowy days and icy days and within each section there are ‘projects’ or ideas for completing.
When I first looked through the projects in the book there were some that I desperately wanted to try out next time the weather allowed it such as ice lanterns, snow slushies and rain painting. There are also some more simple ideas in the book such as ‘go on a puddle hunt’, which at first sounds very simple but the book suggests activities to do in the puddles such as building towers in the puddle and making moats or investigating where the water goes after the puddle.
The book covers ideas and suggestions for a mixture of ages and ranges from ideas such as running against the wind right through to more complicated activities aimed at slightly older children such as fire-lighting and emergency shelter building.
This is a lovely book and my six year old son enjoyed reading each project and telling me that we could do that next time the weather I snowy or rainy.
If you are a parent or carer that struggles to come up with reasons to get your child outside during the colder and wetter months, this book is definitely an interesting read.