Summer Nature Activities for Children

Irmgard Kutsch and Brigitte Walden

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Includes growing and cooking fresh herbs, caring for butterflies, activities based around water, fire, earth and air, and working with grain and making bread.

229 x 210 mm
Floris Books
Crafts & Activities
128 colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 3 to 7 years
80 pages
Publication date:
22 Mar 2007
Nature Activities for Children


This book is packed full of fun nature activities that will help children engage with the season and learn practical new skills.

Activities for summer include growing and cooking fresh herbs, caring for butterflies, activities based around water, fire, earth and air, and working with grain and making bread.

The activities in this book are based on practical experience from the Children's Nature and Garden Centre in Germany, and are fully tried and tested.

Table of Contents



Working with Herbs
The Herb Garden
Raised Beds for Herbs
Working with Herbs: Basic Skills
Herb Recipes

Breeding Butterflies
Butterflies: a Symbol of Beauty
Looking after Caterpillars
A Butterfly's Favourite Places
From Caterpillar to Butterfly
Making a Butterfly Cage

A Bridge to Lie on
Ponds and Streams
Water: Lessons for Life


Conscious Listening

Some Thoughts on Responsibility, Safety and Supervision


From Grain to Bread
Healthy Nourishment
Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread
Creating an Eating Culture
From Whole Grain to Fine Flour: the Story of Grain
Grain Recipes
A Quick Reminder
The Pancake Mill


'This is an incredibly beautiful book which I can't recommend highly enough. The illustrations and photos are stunning and really provide the inspiration to create a summer full of fun, for and with your children. Regardless of whether you have your own garden or have to rely on public areas for your dose of nature, this book has something for everyone.'
-- The Mother magazine

'How can a TV generation be motivated to care for the environment? There is a brilliant answer in the Nature Kindergarten Workshops by Irmgard Kutsch.'
--Camphill Correspondance

'This book is full of innocent fun activities to do with children … I am now itching to get out and make a caterpillar house so that we can see them grow to beautiful butterflies.'


Irmgard Kutsch, born 1952, trained as a vet before working with children with special needs. She established the Children's Nature and Garden Centre in Reichshof in 1994, where children and teachers can learn about nature and participate in workshops.

Brigitte Walden, born 1953, worked as a teacher for fifteen years. She has been a carer at Haus Hohenfried in Germany, a centre for people with special needs, for nine years.

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