Want to do your bit to spread the word about the climate and ecological emergency?
Join our Leaves for Lifecampaign, a great way to urge immediate action and raise awareness of the perils faced by our planet. All you need to do is: find a leaf – decorate it with a powerful message – share it. #LeavesforLife
We at Going Wild want to give everyone, especially young people, a voice on behalf of nature. Leaves are crucial to life on earth and a perfect way to spread our urgent message. Let’s use them to create a worldwide media storm!
We aim to build momentum over the spring and summer. Then, in the run up to COP26 in November, we will shower leaf messages on world leaders and senior industrialists, demanding action on the climate and ecological emergency.
To achieve global reach we need to work together and get millions of beautiful leaf messages out for the world to see. Hang them in your window, from a tree in your street, get your local schools to participate, involve your local arts community. Make one yourself and be ready to bombard social media!
We’re so excited to see all these wild creations inspiring hope and action for our wonderful planet.
To nature’s recovery!
Go outside, search for a tree that is special to you; sit down and listen to it. If the tree could talk, what message would it give to the world? Share this message on one of its precious leaves.
Most paints and pens work but experiment to find out which materials will work best on your leaf.
It’s easier to apply paint on leaves that have been pressed between sheets of paper for a few days.
Decorate how you wish – cut out messages, paint pictures, stick leaves together or create some amazing land art.
We are excited about our new book “Wild Things, over 100 magical outdoor adventures” to be published by Lonely Planet Kids on 12 April.
Have you ever wanted to find fairies in the garden, meet a unicorn in a forest, ride a dragon to a magical mountain or share a picnic with a mermaid? This book is packed with magical and imaginary wild world adventures to enjoy everywhere.
The amazing dragon of Magdalen wood has inspired so many wonderful installations created by the Oxford Brookes first year Architecture students. Perhaps this may lead to more such projects on other sites, helping to widen public access to outdoor and woodland spaces and engage more people with the natural world.
The shops are packed with paper and plastic Halloween costumes and toys – but how about trying a natural Halloween instead? For more ideas take a look at our Wild City Book, published by Frances Lincoln.
We had lots of fun in the sand today on the south bank of the Thames near London’s Royal Festival Hall. Thanks to Muddy Puddles for inviting us to join them for beach art and games in the city.
Thank you to all the families who came along despite the rain. We were so impressed by their creativity and imaginations – they made wonderful animals and aliens, huge funny feet, ball runs wrapped around trees and even a volcano. There are lots more fun ideas for beaches everywhere in the Beach Book.
We are still running our Funny Feet competition with up to 50 copies of The Beach Book to be given away. Try making gruffalo feet, monster feet,alien feet, dragon feet, animal feet or fancy shoes for giants and tweet photos to @quartoplays with #funnyfeet for a chance to win a Beach Book
We felt priveleged to meet the people behind The Treehouse School at the premiere of a short film about their inspiring school. This alternative non-fee paying school is designed around children’s needs and interests and deeply committed to outdoor learning and the environment. They believe that children are entitled to memorable childhoods where learning is fun and individuality is valued. For further information see www.thetreehouseschool.org.uk
Going Wild joined in the Natural History Museum’s Bat Festival on the 6th July, with lots of families coming along to make bats and all sorts of other creatures including birds, monsters, giraffes, ladybirds and, of course, dinosaurs! Thank you to the Natural History Museum Wildlife Garden for inviting us to be part of their event.
The latest Going Wild book has just been published! The Wild City book is packed with all sorts of fun and creative ideas to do outdoors in green spaces in towns and cities. Contact us for futher details or go to www.franceslincoln.com.
Easter “Screenfree” challenge no 11 – Challenge your friends and family to an egg rolling or egg catching competition
Out for an evening walk to enjoy the increased evening light we came across a group of cub scouts throwing painted hard-boiled eggs down the hill. Some eggs broke quickly (much to the delight of the red kites which swarmed down to gobble them up!) and others seemed to survive throw after throw. Much fun being had by all; it felt like the beginning of summer.
How about upping the stakes this Easter? Why not roll eggs that haven’t been hard boiled? Or play a game of egg catch. Can you catch that egg without it breaking?!