In 2016, Brooke Davis established a nature play program in Adelaide called Wild Imagination. She noticed the significant shift away from green time since her childhood a few 'short' decades ago and thought kids today could do with a little old style fun! Wild Imagination has since seen about 20,000 kids get stuck into nature play the Wild way. In 2018 it won the award for Best Program at the City of Adelaide's Sport and Recreation Awards.
Fast forward to now, and Brooke has integrated her program into a wonderfully easy to understand and simply laid-out book with plenty of pictures and clear explanations to help with child-led learning. Kids are encouraged to use materials from the earth to make things like flower crowns, natural paint brushes and natural mandalas, which can easily be returned to the earth after play. Some of the activities included in the book such as whittling are intended to encourage supervised risk taking, so that children can improve their ability to problem solve and be creative, patient and persistent to achieve something to be proud of.
This book is ideal for parents looking for enriching activities for children on weekends and school holidays, and with the end of the heatwave conditions, now is the ideal time to explore the great outdoors.