Wonder is a feeling of amazement caused by something beautiful, remarkable, or unfamiliar. We’ve all felt it and it’s magical.
As we grow older the magic tends to slowly fade but when we have children it suddenly reappears, through the eyes of the little explorers at our feet.
Our children are losing their wonder more quickly, though, due to the busy bustle of modern life. Technology also plays a big role in that change as children swap wonder for staring at screens. Parents are busy and forget to build wonder into their children’s lives, or they may not know how — it’s been a while since they felt wonder themselves. Even Caroline Webster, blogger and author, struggles with getting her children to unplug at times.
‘Certainly, the advent of technology means I’ve had to work a little harder to help them remember to look for wonder around them in everything they do, and to actively engage with the outdoors and nature whenever they can.’
Activities to inspire wonder are overflowing in Caroline’s book — Helping Kids find Wonder in the Everyday.
I’ve been a fan of Caroline for a long time. Her website, Caro and Co makes me light up every time I visit. She has her own style, one that makes you want to be a better person, live a simpler life, be present and create experiences that build resilience, kindness and inquiring minds within our children.
We all strive to live more like that, for our children to live more like that, and she gives us the tools to do so in this book.
“Caroline Webster has written a brilliant book of simple and fun activities that will motivate young children to go outdoors, and will help them foster critical developmental skills as they use more of their senses to explore, imagine and create.” – Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and Vitamin N.
What the book isn’t is a structured lot of dos and don’ts that wrestle with your inner parenting voice. You hold the reins to enlighten your child’s world.
It’s almost like she’s laying the curious objects and activities on the table for you and your children to take hold of. Then, you’re let loose to explore those wonders in whichever way you choose.
I love that about this book.
‘…I am a mother who firmly believes that, if you are guided by your knowledge of your own child, together you can find a little wonder in everything you do.’
Helping Kids find Wonder in the Everyday is brimming with make-believe play, nature and gardening activities, water play, baking, cooking and educational outings.
What are you waiting for? Pick up a copy of the book now, step outside and experience that wondrous magic together. What a wonderful way to start the year!