The Nature of Play: A handbook of nature-based activities for all seasons 

Created by Delfina Aguilar, Founder of Fanny & Alexander

Containing 44 richly illustrated, hands-on activities, seasonal poems, interviews, recipes and flora and fauna guides, The Nature of Play is an invitation to explore, discover, learn and play with nature, wherever you live, whatever the weather.



About the book

Suggesting an antidote to our era of ever-present screens and passive play, our new book, The Nature of Play, offers simple, seasonal activities encouraging children (and the adults who love them) to play with and among nature – whether they live among skyscrapers or fields.

Days spent wandering and wondering are what childhoods should be made of – and The Nature of Play is packed with plentiful ideas for simple, fascinating and fun ways to do just that – rain or shine.


In these 44 seasonal activities, banish boredom by:

  • Learning how to find your way using nature's signs

  • Making a fire – and then cooking delicious food over it

  • Going stargazing and spotting constellations

  • Creating a beautiful mobile to celebrate the seasons

  • Hosting a special summertime party

  • Tuning up your bike

We've got all the inspiration you need to explore, discover, learn and make incredible new things, wherever you live and whatever your experience, using only a few materials and your own imagination and ingenuity – all year long.


About the author

Delfina Aguilar is the founder of Fanny & Alexander, makers of wilfully analogue toys (and now books) that offer a welcome antidote to our digital age, and to modern toys which only require children to sit passively before them.

Fanny & Alexander was founded on a fundamental desire to encourage children (and the adults who love them) to play a little more, and a little better – and The Nature of Play guides them to do just that together, whatever the weather. Designed to be a tool for learning as well as creating many moments of childhood wonder, the book is packed with simple, special ideas for enjoying the changing seasons.


‘Many children don't know how to play without a screen – this book is a small inoculation

against that state of being. It requires children to challenge themselves, find solutions

and rely on their skills and imaginations. Most of all, it asks them to slow their pace enough

to really observe, to examine, to contemplate and to wonder.’ 

- Delfina Aguilar



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