Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Where the Wild Things Are

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Where the Wild Things Are

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IMAGINE jumping in the biggest puddle you can find. Or running barefoot and feeling squidgy mud ooze up between your toes!

When it's wet, or windy or cold, there's no need to stay cooped up indoors; it's a great opportunity to rush outside for some fun. There are loads of exciting and creative things you can do in the natural world when the weather is wild.

It might seem like an even better excuse to stay indoors and stare at a computer screen, or attach yourself to the latest electronic game.

But according to authors Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks it's a perfect reason to get your waterproofs on, pull on your wellies - and get yourself and the family outside!

"Imagine the excitement of building your own natural shelter, of creating twig boats to race across a stream or building candlelit castles at the beach, or perhaps carving your very own bow and arrow out in the woods...," say the pair.

Authors and Fiona "These are real adventures and real memories we had when we were younger and you could do now!" Sadly, for various reasons they say, many young people today never get the chance to go out and just play.

This is leading to a generation totally disconnected with the natural world and what was a natural playground to older generations is becoming an alien and scary environment to youngsters.

Jo and Fiona's mission is to try and raise public awareness to the importance of redressing the balance, so children can be as comfortable in the natural world as they are in the world of modern technology.

"Both are important for our future," the women explain.

Jo Schofield Danks Helped by Jo's background in educational psychology and photographic skills, and Fiona's knowledge of environmental education, the pair have written The Wild Weather Book, full of fun ideas of things to do when the weather is less than clement. They say: "We aim to give practical advice, ideas and inspiration for fun things to do outside. …

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