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Edited by Catherine Ripley

Toronto, Greey de Pencier, 1989. 32pp, paper, $7.95
ISBN 0-920775-37-3., (An OWL book). CIP

Grades 1 and up / Ages 6 and up
Reviewed by Wendy Carter.

Volume 17 Number 5
1989 September

Outdoor Fun (from the editors of OWL and Chickadee magazines) has good, practical ideas for things to make and do outdoors when it's warm. It is organized thematically and, although there are just fourteen activities, there is a good variety of things to do within each activity. The activities are scare­crow, kite, windchimes (wind), juggling, backyard Olympics (fun and games), warm-up, hiking, sandal making, Chinese dragon (movement), stargaz­ing, flying saucer (night), dogwash, cool-off, and an environmental book activity (water).

"Warm-up" proves to be particularly interesting because the activities are Inuit games for physical exercise. Five challenges are built into the activities, with fascinating facts too. Health and safety warnings arc included. One good feature of this book's ac­tivities is that the materials needed are easily found in the home and therefore not costly. The how-to instructions are clear. The wide ranges of type-faces-subtitles, challenges, motivators, facts, and instructions-are very effectively done. It is a visually pleasing book with glossy photographs on the covers and for each activity.

This book probably appeals most to junior grade level students, though the ideas could be read and done with primary children.

Wendy Carter, Brant County Board of Education, Paris, Ont.
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