The Wild Year Book – #screenfreechallenge review and giveaway

Last month saw the release of a book that’s right up our street.  Published through Quarto Kids, The Wild Year Book is written by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield and includes 70 different challenges for children to complete throughout the year.

The Wild Year Book

The Wild Year Book is divided into activities for each of the four seasons and each activity has an ‘acorn rating’ showing whether the activities can be completed without varying levels of adult assistance.  There are all sorts of activities included within the book making it ideal for children of different ages to enjoy.

We’re big fans of getting outdoors whenever we can and I’m keen for my eight year old son to spend as much time screen free as possible.  As you all know, he loves his mini beasts so the Meadow Mini Beast Hunting activity in the book is one we’ll be doing over and over in the weeks ahead.

The Wild Year Book

Each activity in The Wild Year Book gives you easy steps to follow to complete the assignment.  My son loves the idea of creating a mini wildlife park with string and twigs, you all know how much he loves his sticks, after all!

The Wild Year Book

We don’t have an old pillowcase to make the sweep net but I’ve promised him I’ll dig out some surplus fabric I’ve got to make a ‘net’ from, and once the sun comes back out to play, we’ll be seeing what mini beasts we can collect.

There are a number of activities within The Wild Year Book which have caught our eyes and I can see us making some Natural Stained Glass hangers now he’s on his summer holidays and we’ll be looking for bush bugs in the garden, using the fabric from our ‘net’ to hold beneath our shrubs and see what we can collect in the weeks ahead.

Not wanting to wish away the summer, but Autumn activities I can see us trying out include Blackberry Tie-Dyeing and Leaf Mobiles to name a couple.  The book is crammed full of good ideas to keep kids amused throughout the year.

If your kids would like to take the #screenfreechallenge and get outdoors then we can thoroughly recommend The Wild Year Book and I’ve included my Amazon Affiliate link below in case you fancy buying the book yourself.

disclosure:  we were sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


I’ve teamed up with Quarto Kids to offer three lucky readers the chance to win a copy of The Wild Year Book.  Just complete the Gleam form below for your chance to win.  Good luck!

Terms and conditions:

(Please note that all entries will be checked against comments for validation).

Only the first step of this form is mandatory, all other steps are optional. Only one entry per person is allowed.

This giveaway is for UK residents only.

Once a winner is randomly picked, I will check if the winner has done what was requested and I will contact them, if they do not reply within one week, the prize will be allocated to another person.  The winner’s details will be sent to Quarto Kids , in order that they can arrange delivery.

The giveaway will close on 22nd August 2018 at midnight.

Don’t forget to visit my Giveaways page for more great prizes on offer!

The Wild Year Book worth £9.99

About Over 40 and a Mum to One

I'm a Mum with an 8 year old son. I had a busy life in Export Sales before my Monkey came along, but decided to become a stay at home Mum once he arrived. Now I enjoy writing my own family lifestyle and travel blog. sharing the adventures that we have as Monkey makes his journey through school. We have a cat called Brewster who makes appearances and I’m a mad Ferrari Formula 1 fan, so that expect to hear about as each season unfolds. We love reviewing days out, toys, games and books and would love the opportunity to look at anything that fits in with our family lifestyle. We are always out and about and offering an insight on the places we visit, with a passion for nature thrown in for good measure. If you like what you read please leave me a comment, I love to hear from people, and always try to reply. Enjoy the read.

53 thoughts on “The Wild Year Book – #screenfreechallenge review and giveaway

  1. Dog walking along the local riverbank and on to our local woodlands, our favourite thing to spot are dragonflies because they are so pretty!

  2. Looking for bugs and insects slugs and snails and worms we have a little bug house to put them in with a magnifying glass then when we’ve finished let them go. My little grandson is fascinated.we also like collecting acorns and dried seed heads

  3. Counting the trees in Grizedale forest as we walk through!! Not sure they count as high as they like, but it’s good for their maths skills!!

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