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Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite
Tiny Explorers: Into the Wild by Miro Tartan is a wonderful introduction to the natural world, filled with a plethora of activities. Tartan starts by explaining how important it is for kids to connect with nature and shares some of her own experiences. The thirty-three activities are divided into five general areas, including pretend play and art projects. Each project includes an illustrated list of materials, a scale listing time, messiness, and effort, as well as written and illustrated instructions for the project. Each project ends with the skills young children are using and ideas to extend or alter the project. There are additional resources found online and in an additional workbook.
I loved Tiny Explorers: Into the Wild by Miro Tartan. As a former children's librarian in charge of storytimes, I would have used the ideas in this book multiple times. I also would have recommended this book to parents and caregivers often. In my experience, many kids haven't had the opportunity to explore natural materials. The Illustrations by Tartan are beautiful and instructive at the same time. She has included a wide variety of projects both kids and parents will enjoy. There were so many ideas I loved; the bark sailboat, creating puppets from natural materials, and using the sun to create art. Tiny Explorers: Into the Wild will inspire kids and parents to explore the world around them. The activities will provide hours of enjoyment and an appreciation for the simple things we often overlook. I highly recommend Tiny Explorers: Into the Wild.