I’ve been promising it for ages and at long last, I’m making good.
We dug deep into the archives, pulled out our old collaborative family project, the seasonal Book of Days, and we’re now making the spring issues available to you as series of three free downloads.
For those of you who have not been with us over the years, the Book of Days is something of a “make and do” family magazine from us to you. Each issue offers lots of ways for families to slow down, spend some time together and make new memories. It is full of family friendly recipes, nature study, ideas for imaginative play, crafts, science, world cultures and more. Every issue is accompanied by a “Parent Field Guide” that contains lots of ideas to expand upon each activity and lists of related books to read.
Each member of my family had a part in dreaming up the ideas within the pages of the Book of Days – testing them out and scrawling them down to share with our blog friends. It was a labor of love. I will admit that some of our early attempts at illustrating and layout make me cringe a little (okay a LOT), but even now, as I look back at these books, homespun as they are, I smile. We had so much fun with them, and we heard from so many other families that they are STILL using these books each year.
My boys are BIG now, but looking back at The Book of Days they are itching to do these projects all over again!
We hope that they will inspire lots of fun and learning for you and your family too.
Our very first installment in the Spring Book of Days series is meant to help your family celebrate the joyful transition from winter to spring. Between its pages you’ll find high flying adventures for your imaginations, and ideas for noticing and document the changes that spring brings to the natural world. You’ll learn all about wind power by creating a soda straw regatta and making pinwheels. You’ll catch a rainbow in a jar, visit green Ireland and sample some of her tastiest treats. (Click on the image above to preview and download it.)
The second edition in our Spring Book of Days series boasts 35 pages of great family fun! You and your children will make two kinds of pie, visit Japan during cherry blossom season, become lepidopterists, create indoor rain showers, give a little something back to the natural world, and more! (Click on the image above to preview and download it.)
The third edition of our Spring Book of Days series is 30 pages of fresh springtime family fun. Your family will sample the flavors and traditional art forms of Mexico, investigate the secret lives of plants and flowers, celebrate mothers, help the flower fairies spread some springttime cheer and dream up some fantastic contraptions. (Click on the image above to preview and download it.)
We hope that you and your family make lots of wonderful memories with the Spring Book of Days!