Foraging with Kids
52 Wild and Free Edibles to Enjoy With Your Children
by Adele Nozedar
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 18 Sep 2018 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2018
In today’s world of increasingly sedentary lifestyles and a growing detachment from the food that we eat, it has never been more important to encourage children to put down their screens, get outside and engage with the natural world around them. Foraging with Kids is a fun, practical book for parents to work through with their children that encourages families to interact with their environment and gain knowledge and practical understanding of the natural world through exploration and play. The projects are based around 50 easy-to-identify plants that are abundant in parks, forests and hedgerows worldwide, making the challenge of discovering functional flora just as achievable to those who live in the city as in the countryside. Once they have foraged their plants, children will be amazed by the diverse practical uses that they can set them to; from making soap from conkers or setting a delicious egg-free custard with plantain, to stopping minor cuts from bleeding with hedge woundwort. Children will take great pride in seeing their gatherings forming part of the family meal and parents will be amazed at how even the most vegetable-averse child will develop an enthusiastic appetite for a meal that they have contributed to. Illustrated throughout with beautiful hand drawings and with essential information on plant facts and identification, as well as a diverse range of engaging, practical projects that the whole family will want to get involved with, this is the perfect book for anyone who wants the children under their care to get outside, connect with nature and have a lot of fun in the process.
Average rating from 9 members
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. I love, love ,love this book. It is packed full of so much information all in one place. it really could take the place of several books. The recommendation to get to know plants by drawing them and labeling them is brilliant, both for adults and children, to study them with a magnifying glass is also brilliant, a super way to bring you up close and personal with nature . The calendar is easy to understand and very helpful. The drawings are really nice and so detailed , although i knew a good few of the plants there was many i didn't know the names of. Having looked at the detailed sketches i clearly recognize them. The info on each plant is outstanding, not only covering history, names in other countries, uses, how to identify, where to find and at what time of the year but also recipes for it, and some lovely ones at that. I cant wait to try the several of them with the kids. I like the categories it is split into, fruit,berry and flowers/wild herbs and weeds/fungi/onion, garlic and mustard/ trees and even coastal plants. This makes it a lot easier to find the information you need faster. This is a must for walkers, anyone interested in foraging even slightly, anyone who spends time outdoors in nature as well as being used to forage with children. All in all a brilliant book that i will certainly be buying copies of, for our family and as a wonderful gift.
I like how this is laid out, with charts and tables, but also with great illustrations beside descriptive text. The one thing I would change is labeling it a bit more geography-specific; I'm not sure that some of the 'common' grasses / herbs / etc are actually to be found in our southwest American zone, but that would be the only change I'd make. Would love to see one of these that is specific to our area! Nonetheless, there is still quite a bit that we can get out of the classroom and hunt for....like elderberry!