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Kid Tested Librarian, Approved: Get outdoors

Whether you're planning a family vacation or just looking to curb your children’s complaints that “I’m bored,” playing outdoors can be the perfect answer. Check out these library books full of fun ideas.

How to Camp Like a Pro by Jeff Burlingame

Spend some time under the stars. Camping is a fun and inexpensive way to get outdoors. This book is part of the outdoor sport skills series. It gives you basic information for beginner campers. You will be able to select and set up a campsite. The book will even help you with cleaning up and heading home. You'll find lots great tips to help you make your night under the stars a successful and enjoyable experience.

How to Canoe or Kayak Like a Pro by Ashley P. Watson Norris

Take some time at a river or lake and try out some kayaking. This book will give you some pointers. Also part of the outdoor skills series, this book is full of  helpful information for the beginning Kayaker or Canoer. You'll start by learning basic watercraft terms. Then you can learn which gear and supplies you need. Most importantly you will learn safety instructions. This book will help you get started on your paddling adventure. Throughout the book you will find excellent tips and “Did you know” facts to teach you how to make the most of your day on the water.

101 Cool Pool Games for Children by Kim Rodomista

If your water activities tend more to the pool than a lake or river check out this book. It's full of fun for all group sizes and for children of different swimming abilities. Activities are marked with visible symbols at the top of the page for both group size and swimming ability. It also lists if any additional accessories necessary. Make your day at the pool even more fun by adding new activities to your play.

Run, Jump, Hide, Slide, Splash by Joe Rhatigan

Some outdoor games are timeless. This book has plenty of fun suggestions that will keep the kids moving. I picked up this book thinking it would be full of games from my childhood. I was not disappointed. There are so many games I remember playing in the parks and on the school grounds. However, this book has so much more.

There are games requiring no supplies at all to games that need certain supplies. Each game is clearly labeled for the number of players, supplies, where you should play and the main point of the game. If you're looking for a certain group size or game type, there is a handy index to help you narrow down your options.  This book would be very helpful for a summer party, family reunion or any gathering of friends.

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