Playing is in our nature – and playing among nature is one of the greatest delights childhood has to offer, whether you live among skyscrapers or fields. Suggesting an antidote to our era of ever-present screens and passive play, The Nature of Play suggests simple, seasonal ideas for nature-based play all year long, from long-beloved rainy day games to intrepid outdoor adventures, including:
- Learning how to find your way using nature's signs - Cooking delicious food over a fire you've carefully built - Weaving a timeless basket - Hosting a special summertime party - Tuning up your bike
From the pure joy of flying a homemade kite to the nocturnal magic of stargazing, this is a book for children and adults alike to turn to, whatever the weather.
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.
Their founder, Delfina Aguilar, had long been captivated by objects that were well-conceived, well-designed, and well-made, but after becoming an aunt, and later a mother, quickly realised that very few toys in her family's toy chest possessed these qualities. Where were the toys in handsome natural materials for little hands to cherish, or the toys that engaged limitless imaginations, or called their playmates out on important adventures?
And so Fanny & Alexander was born. Fastidiously designed and made, theirs are deceptively simple toys that require no power source except the child's own ideas and energy. Made from furniture-standard hardwoods, soft leathers and quality fabrics, they are designed to be a pleasure to look at and a joy to play with. They're designed to last, and to be loved.
Their wilfully analogue toys offer a welcome antidote to our digital age, and to modern toys which only require children to sit passively before them. They hope they will foster a sense of appreciation, cultivate imagination, and act as tools for learning — but most of all, we hope they will create many moments of childhood wonder.