With school back in session, kids may be especially eager to get outside and play on September weekends as a break. These new books will help them explore and have fun.
The "Treasure Hunter's Handbook" (Down East Books, $16.95) by Liza Gardner Walsh offers suggestions for activities, including geocaching, using a metal detector, panning for gold and hunting for everyday treasures.
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden Guides for a Greener Planet has come out with "The Kid's Guide to Exploring Nature" ($16.95) to inspire children to look more closely at the environment around them. It includes illustrations and instructions that help children recognize animal nests, communicate with fireflies and even make their own bug spray from kitchen ingredients.
"National Geographic Kids Get Outside Guide: All Things Adventure, Exploration, and Fun!" ($14.99) by Nancy Honovich and Julie Beer is geared to ages 9-12. The 160-page paperback includes suggestions divided into sections such as water, trees, parks and backyards. Activities include making a birdbath and creating rock art.