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Playing is in our nature – and playing in and with nature is one of the greatest delights childhood has to offer, whether you live among skyscrapers or fields. The Nature of Play suggests simple, seasonal ideas for nature-based play all year long, from long-beloved rainy day games to intrepid outdoor adventures, including:
- Learning how to find your way using nature’s signs
- Cooking delicious food over a fire you’ve carefully built
- Weaving a timeless basket
- Hosting a special summertime party
- Tuning up your bicycle
From the pure joy of flying a homemade kite to the nocturnal magic of stargazing, these are ideas for children and adults alike to turn to, whatever the weather.
Delfina Aguilar is the founder of Fanny & Alexander, makers of wilfully analogue toys (and now books) that offer a welcome antidote to our digital age, and to modern toys which only require children to sit passively before them.