Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Book Review: It’s a Jungle Out There! 52 Nature Adventures for City Kids


A couple of months ago I shared the top 10 books about nature play on my reading list. No. 1? It’s a Jungle Out There! 52 Nature Adventures for City Kids by Jennifer Ward. At the time, I promised a review and giveaway shortly.

Sorry it took so long.

It’s a Jungle Out There! offers simple and inexpensive activities to introduce kids to nature in the city. Which is a message I can get behind, since even with this blog, I still have friends ask me where nature exists in an urban location like Los Angeles.

The 52 activities in It’s a Jungle Out There! are arranged by season, making it simple to know where to turn to find something you’d like to try today. (The Big Explorer already found a fall activity he wants to try: A game called “Minute to Win It” in which you see who can find the most items in nature in one minute.)

I found that most of the activities in It’s a Jungle Out There! aren’t necessarily limited to city life. But ideas such as a pigeon hunt, drawing pictures of nature on the sidewalk and a search for city habitants offer something specifically for urban residents.


Many of the ideas in It’s a Jungle Out There! are things we’ve tried before, like a color walk, shadow play, the listening game and more. I like that Ward provides plenty of ideas for making these activities different from one time to the next.

The Nitty Gritty on It’s a Jungle Out There!
The Giveaway
You know the drill: If I review a product here that I think you’d all love, I want to share! Which means one of you lucky readers can win your very own copy of It’s a Jungle Out There!

To enter, leave a comment sharing your favorite way to get outside and explore nature with kids in your city.
  • This giveaway will run through midnight PST on Wednesday, November 16, 2011.
  • Sorry, but this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.
  • The winner will be chosen using the nifty random number generator at random.org. 
  • Winner will have 24 hours to reply to my notification; if I don't hear back after that, I'll pick another winner.
Note: I received a free copy of It’s a Jungle Out There! for review, but you can be sure I’ve shared my honest opinion. I encourage you to read my full disclosure policy for more information.

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