A rich and abundant treasury in celebration of the outdoors, The Children's Forest encourages children's natural fascination with the forest and its inhabitants. The authors have produced an enchanting book in which imagination, story, and play bring the world of the forest to vibrant life. Filled with games, facts, celebrations, craft activities, recipes, foraging, stories, and Forest School skills, this book is much more than a manual: it is an invitation.
The book is organized into the eight Celtic seasons of Imbolc, Spring, Beltane, Summer, Lughnasa, Autumn, Samhain, and Winter. Within each chapter are the following sections: The Life of the Forest; Plant Lore; Imaginary Journey; Tree Lore; Activities, crafts and games; Animals; Celebration. The appendices cover woodland skills, safety, the Ogham alphabet, story sources, and more resources.
Ideal for ages 5 to 12, The Children's Forest will also be enjoyed by adults, families, and younger children.
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"This gorgeous book is a celebration of nature. Its aim is to "foster deep, meaningful, enriching and lasting relationships with the natural world."
"It does this through providing songs, poems, craft ideas, plant lore, games, stories and recipes, set out in the seasonal wheel of the year with sections for the traditional ancient celebrations of lmbolc, Beltane, Lughnasa and Samhain. There are lots and lots of beautiful illustrations from Allmut ffrench bringing the ideas to life.
"I am looking forward to making walnut candles this winter, combining the bounty of nature with candlelight to brighten the dark evenings. Wonderful nature inspiration for us all." --Juno Magazine (Dec. 11, 2019)
"The Children's Forest is a marvelous collection of practices and activities that will surely connect people their places, wild neighbors, friends and families. The elements of this book are woven to produce a tapestry of belonging--any one of these threads can produce amazing results, together something magical emerges." --Jon Young, author ofCoyote's Guide to Connecting with Nature