Book Roundup Wednesday: Family Eco-Activity Guides
Posted Jun 15 2011 5:50pm
Every Wednesday, we review a selection of new and upcoming books addressing a specific aspect of environmentalism. Today we're recommending nature-themed activity guides for parents and teachers.
Run Wild! Outdoor Games and Adventures (by Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks, $25, Frances Lincoln, June 2011): Filled with gorgeous photos of children running through woods, tracking wild animals, building rafts, or wielding fairy wands, this book is a great reminder of nature's enchanting qualities. Filled with creative ideas for parties, games, and outdoor craft projects, a quick perusal will have you itching to head outside with kids.
Recycling Projects for the Evil Genius(by Russel J. Gehrke, $25, McGraw Hill, 2010): A handy DIY guide suited for parents or industrious teens, this book offers detailed instructions for a wide variety of home-improvement and maintenance projects. The utilitarian book's intriguing title and grainy black-and-white photos make activities like making your own organic bug repellent or constructing a solar composter seem like revolutionary acts.
Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World (by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen, $20, Rodale, 2011): This isn't your mother's home-ec book. Whether you're a family of homesteaders or just a newbie breaking into the urban gardening scene, this helpful guide will give you the tools for living sustainably. Basics are well-covered, and the book's more radical lessons include brewing beer and, yes, slaughtering a chicken.
Art Education and Eco Awareness: A Teacher's Guide to Art and the Natural Environment (by Heather Anderson, $25, Heather Anderson Art, 2010): An art primer with an emphasis on eco-awareness, this book, also wire-bound, provides a creative curriculum for teachers or parents. Each lesson highlights a work by a renowned artist such as Grant Wood, Andy Warhol, or John James Audubon and provides resources for discussion, activity suggestions, and samples of student work. Well-organized and easy to use, this thorough and engaging text is a worthy resource for educators.