The Unplugged Family Activity Book: 60+ Simple Crafts and Recipes for Year-Round Fun

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Get ready for kid-approved ideas that celebrate the great outdoors year round! Whether you're building forts or making fresh cider, there's something for every kid and every season.

What might unfold if we put away our devices for an hour, a day, or even longer? What adventures await, when we press pause on technology? The Unplugged Family Activity Book invites you and your loved ones to connect, create, and celebrate all year long.

With more than 50 projects, crafts, and recipes, plus ideas for seasonal celebrations to share with family and friends, there's fun to be had, all through the year.

Host a springtime tea party, where you'll nibble shortbread cookies and make a mossy teacup fairy garden. Or gather with friends for a summer potluck party. Blow giant bubbles, race leaf-and-bark boats, or camp out in your own backyard. In the fall, enjoy a harvest party with your friends! Create a fall leaf rainbow, sip mulled cider, and bake bread over a campfire. When winter comes, celebrate the longest night of the year with twinkling ice lanterns. Try your hand at candle dipping and pen your wishes for the coming year.

You'll find instruction and recipes for:

  • Candied violets
  • Herbal first aid balm
  • Rose petal tea
  • Infused honey
  • Homemade ice cream
  • Summer flower bunting
  • Homemade dragonfly wings
  • Felted acorn necklaces
  • Autumn gratitude tree
  • Decorative lanterns
  • Baked apples
  • Winter stargazing
  • Maple lollipops
  • Dried citrus garland
  • Plus dozens more crafts, projects, and recipes!

In The Unplugged Family Activity Book, you'll fall in love with every season-wherever you call home. So grab your family and friends, and get ready for an adventure that will last all through the year!

Table of Contents:

Introduction

 

Spring
Spring Equinox: The World Awakens!
Branches in Bloom
Signs of Spring Scavenger Hunt
Bedding for the Birds
Lilac Soda Syrup
Neighborhood Bouquet Surprises
Herbal First-Aid Balm
Planting Trees
Candied Violets
Wild Spring Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette
Rose and Cardamom Herbal Tea
A Springtime Flower Festival
Wild and Tame Tea Sandwiches
Violet Shortbread Cookies
Weaving Flower Crowns
Teacup Fairy Gardens

 

Summer
Summer Solstice: Season of Plenty
Rose Petal Honey
Dragonfly Wings
Lemon Balm Ice Pops
Backyard Campout
Homemade Ice Cream with Summer Berries
Nature Exploration Pack
Build a Mud Kitchen
Waterside Potluck Party
Summer Flower Bunting
Rain Painting
Local Food Potluck
Bark-and-Leaf Boat Regatta
Giant Bubbles

 

Autumn
Autumn Equinox: Preparing for Winter
Mulled Cider
Spiced Honey
Homemade Applesauce
Planting Bulbs
Create an Autumn Rainbow
Felted Acorn Necklaces
Waxed Leaf Garland
Gratitude Tree
Bountiful Harvest Exchange
Decorative Lanterns and Candle-Lit Lantern Walk
Bonfire Bread
Baked Apples
Autumn Abundance Exchange

 

Winter
Autumn Equinox: Lean Days or a Long Rest
Winter Stargazing
Pinecone Bird Feeders
Beeswax Candles
Night Vision Flashlight
Scented Play Dough
Homemade Eggnog
Maple Lollipops
Ice Lanterns
Build a Snow Fort
Maple Snow
Folded Window Stars
Dried Citrus Garland
A Celebration of Light
Moonlit Night Walk
A Winter Bonfire
Wishes for the Coming Year

 

Resources
Recommended Reading
Gratitude
About the Author
Index



Review Quotes:

Praise for Rachel Jepson Wolf and Herbal Adventures:

 

Herbal Adventures has everything I appreciate in a good herb book: sound practical information and great remedies and recipes, all enhanced by personal stories and insights. This may be my new favorite!
- Rosemary Gladstar, herbalist and author

 

The beauty on each page of Herbal Adventures makes me desperate to create! Rachel keeps the projects accessible and the photographs are stunning. This book is sure to be well-used and well-loved.
- Jamie C. Martin, editor of SimpleHomeschool.net and author of Give Your Child the World

 

Like stumbling upon a hidden brook on a bright summer's day, this book is a refreshing treasure for the earth-curious child and the young-at-heart of every age. Rachel shows us how the natural world is the real fairy tale, and how much closer we are to that magic than we think.
- Asia Suler, Creator and Concoctress of One Willow Apothecaries

 

If you've ever wanted a friendly guide to connecting your family to the plants that sustain and heal us, look no further.
- Ben Hewitt, author of Home Grown and The Nourishing Homestead

 

Herbal Adventures is the perfect guidebook to plant-based fun for families with children.
- Samuel Thayer, author of The Forager's Harvest, Nature's Garden, and Incredible Wild Edibles
Rachel Jepson Wolf loves nothing more than bringing people and plants together. With a degree in environmental education and biology, Rachel spent years helping kids and adults fall in love with the natural world. In 2002 she founded LüSa Organics, a botanical body care company, and more recently began leading in-person herbal retreats for adults and children. She is also the author of Herbal Adventures, a family-friendly exploration of herbs and the wonderful things you can make with them. Today Rachel lives with her husband, Pete, and their two children, Lupine and Sage, on a wonderfully weedy homestead in rural Wisconsin. Her days are spent writing, foraging, playing with plants, and homeschooling her kids. Find Rachel online at rachelwolfclean.com, where she blogs about herbs, farm, and family; or explore her herbal body care line at lusaorganics.com.

 

Fair Winds Press

Pub Date: June 23, 2020

0.5" H x 10.9" L x 8.4" W

144 pages

paperback