Reviewed by Cas Ellis of Times Educational Supplement in April 2008
'Alison Wilson Smith has done us a great service in reminding us that children don’t need the latest hi-tech gadget to have fun. Nature’s Playthings is packed with simple yet creative ideas for outdoor play, inspired almost entirely by the author’s recollections of her childhood.'
Reviewed by Brian Viner of The Independent in April 2008
Endless entertainment from the fields and the hedgerows, without any need for the Nintendo Wii. She explains how to make grass whistles, quill pens and even itching powder out of rose hips. But best of all, she advises that a cowpat that has dried in a perfect circle makes a fantastic Frisbee.
Reviewed in The Countryman in June 2008
What’s this? Free entertainment for children, no computer or game stations involved? Fresh air and exercise?
Reviewed in Sporting Shooter in December 2008
'Put away the Playstation and step back in time. A practical guide for all those who haven’t yet learned – and those who have forgotten.'
Reviewed in Children & Young People Now in November 2008
'It will be invaluable for play rangers or outreach play workers in parks, as well as parents and children. The text is clear and simple and the photos inspiring – the leaf boats compare with the best environmental art. I want one for Christmas.'
Reviewed in Creative Steps Magazine in September 2008
'Packed with seasonal fun guaranteed to get children seeing the great outdoors in a whole new light. Divided into seasons, this book will keep both children and adults fascinated for years to come.'