A happy childhood spent playing outside in and around Boston was the inspiration for a new book encouraging youngsters to do the same.
Local author and mum-of-three Dawn Isaac (pictured right) has published a new book to help keep kids away from their computers and entice them into the fresh air.
101 Things For Kids To Do Outside is packed with games, projects, crafts, experiments and gardening inspiration some of which Dawn will be demonstrating at Oldrids in Boston on Saturday at 2.30pm.
The Boston-born garden designer, who also writes for the Guardian, said: “As a grown up looking back, it’s the long school summer holidays spent outside all day playing games, running through the crunchy, cold woods looking for conkers in autumn, picking the first buttercups of spring and building snowmen in icy winter that we remember much more fondly than the time spent in front of the TV or PC.
“With children aged eight–18 spending on average 7.5 hours in front of a screen each day, and childhood obesity on the rise, it is more important than ever to get children outside to explore, climb, run and laugh, whilst they are still children.”
A former pupil of Park School, Dawn, who now lives in Cambridgeshire, said she has fond memories of playing outdoors in Boston.
“We lived on Willoughby Road and I remember hours spent climbing trees, making dens and creating imaginary worlds in our garden there. My favourite place was probably the cemetery on Tattershall Road – all those huge trees, hidden areas and secret pathways – it was a magical place once you managed to forget it was a burial site.”
The book is a compendium of ideas for children (and adults), covering all four seasons and ranging from quick 10-minute activities to a full days of fun. From party games and treasure hunts to simple gardening projects, each project is simple to follow and illustrated with colour photography.It encourages kids to sweep for bugs, make a mud pie kitchen, build snow lanterns and hold a mini Olympics alongside loads of other great ideas.
At Oldrids Dawn will show children how to create their own kite in just five minutes as well as showcasing other projects from the book.
The book is out now priced £14.99.