100 Family Adventures – book review and giveaway

I first heard about the Meek family from Laurence. He’s a fan of their adventuring blog.

Then, they kept popping up all over the place talking about their year of roadschooling or their “EdVenture”.

Since we’ve decided to home educate and since wanting our children to be outdoors as much as possible plays a significant part in that, my interest in their journey was peaked.

So, when I heard that Frances Lincoln was publishing the Meek’s book, 100 Family Adventures, I was excited about reviewing it.

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Tim, Kerry, Amy and Ella Meek’s book is beautifully printed and perfectly at home on a coffee table – the coffee table of someone desperate to get their kids outdoors.

It’s packed with ideas that range in difficulty, from cleaning up a local park to going on a night hike to sub zero camping to puffin spotting. There are intriguing ideas here – 100 of them in one place to keep you busy for years to come.

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Having had a look, through, I think many of the challenges will suit our family better when our children get a bit older. At three and one, ours aren’t read for stand-up paddleboarding just yet! But there’s lots to get started on even now.

Talitha loves browsing 100 Family Adventures. I think she’s getting inspired.

100 Family Adventures

To win a copy of 100 Family Adventures, tell me why you think getting outdoors is important and enter the Rafflecopter widget below.

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  1. Tracy K Nixon
    April 13, 2015 / 10:09 am

    Fresh air keeps my family healthy and we all sleep better too !

  2. iain maciver
    April 13, 2015 / 10:53 am

    fresh air great to be out in as much as possible

  3. Nicki Evans
    April 13, 2015 / 11:43 am

    Because I don’t think we’re going to look back and remember all the TV we watched and video games we played, but the experiences we had and most of the good ones involve getting outside.

  4. Chris Andrews
    April 13, 2015 / 2:59 pm

    What is getting outdoors important to you?………… the sights, the sounds, the fresh air, the peace and quiet

  5. kim neville
    April 13, 2015 / 4:07 pm

    Nice for all the family to get some fresh air and explore surroundings

  6. Rachael
    April 13, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    Fresh air & muddy puddles are what childhoods should be made of!

  7. Sarah
    April 13, 2015 / 9:48 pm

    Because everyone needs a breath of fresh air from time to time. We try and get outside every day, it makes such a difference!

  8. Rachel Craig
    April 14, 2015 / 12:44 am

    Fresh air, sunshine, nature :- such as animals, trees, plants, sea-side etc.

  9. April 14, 2015 / 9:52 am

    I think being outside opens up a whole new world to little ones in particular. There’s so much to explore and discover and you can do things you just couldn’t do at home. Plus, Amy simple needs her daily outdoor time to let off some energy x
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  10. Paula Readings
    April 14, 2015 / 12:27 pm

    I think it is important to get outside, its just healthier than sitting in all day.

  11. elaine dale
    April 14, 2015 / 12:45 pm

    important to get out and get your vitamin D, especially when we have the grand-kids here

  12. Tracy Hanson
    April 14, 2015 / 12:55 pm

    It’s important so that the kids don’t turn into ones who think that console games etc are the only thing they can do. They have a better respect for the environment and what goes on outside their “normal” bubble. Learn a lot from going outside and it is much healthier than sat about inside all the time.

  13. Michelle Banks
    April 14, 2015 / 4:59 pm

    i think fresh air lifts your spirits x

  14. clair downham
    April 14, 2015 / 6:53 pm

    fresh air is healthy and invigorating

  15. Jessica Powell
    April 14, 2015 / 7:11 pm

    To get a bit of fresh air and a change of scenery πŸ™‚

  16. laura stewart
    April 14, 2015 / 7:48 pm

    freedom and fresh air lovely xx

  17. George Spedding
    April 14, 2015 / 8:46 pm

    Gets the little one away from the television and into a whole world of imagination

  18. Kristiina K
    April 14, 2015 / 10:50 pm

    Healthy fresh air

  19. natalie vezina
    April 14, 2015 / 11:30 pm

    fresh air and family bonding time

  20. Morag P
    April 15, 2015 / 7:35 am

    getting out and about allows us to spend time as a family and keep healthier too

  21. Karen Usher
    April 15, 2015 / 10:44 am

    I grew up in Australia, so being outdoors is not only what Im used to, I just know how healthy it is, especially to get some Vitamin D into our bodies and promotes healthy and active lifestyle!

  22. Helen Stratton
    April 16, 2015 / 10:44 am

    The air and exercise are good for the kids and help them sleep. They learn so much because they are stimulated and we all need a bit of sunshine.

  23. Spencer Broadley
    April 16, 2015 / 11:39 am

    Getting in the garden again and making it nice

  24. Harley
    April 16, 2015 / 2:17 pm

    Massively – nothing beats fresh air!

  25. Laura Burn
    April 17, 2015 / 5:21 pm

    I love being out in the fresh air and looking at nature all around us

  26. Elaine Savage
    April 17, 2015 / 5:59 pm

    for health benefits all round

  27. Kittyjem
    April 17, 2015 / 8:27 pm

    My kids do some of their best learning outside

  28. leigh boyle
    April 18, 2015 / 12:12 am

    my kids love being outside can never get them back in my 3 year olds loving learning different flowers atm and will even look for them while where out in the car, going to treat her to a book with all different ones in over the weekend. gotta feed a childs interests =)

  29. Karen Barrett
    April 18, 2015 / 1:22 pm

    Fresh air, the son, or rain on your face and being at one

  30. abigail edkins
    April 18, 2015 / 3:09 pm

    helps the kids to sleep after getting fresh air

  31. Caroline H
    April 18, 2015 / 3:45 pm

    A chance to get fresh air and exercise, see nature in action, get some quality time away from screens and the chance to use our imaginations. It’s great, whatever the weather.

  32. emma falvi
    April 18, 2015 / 4:02 pm

    breathing in the sea air

  33. Danika Lloyd
    April 18, 2015 / 6:43 pm

    the sense of peace and calm it brings (and fun!)

  34. Monica Gilbert
    April 18, 2015 / 11:09 pm

    If we don’t get outside for at least a bit, our moods tend to suffer.

  35. melanie stirling
    April 18, 2015 / 11:21 pm

    Fresh air and feeling the sun on our skin.

  36. Hekna
    April 19, 2015 / 10:03 am

    It makes a real difference to my mood to get out and about. I can start to suffer with cabin fever otherwise!

  37. claire woods
    April 19, 2015 / 10:45 am

    It’s more fun than being inside and makes you feel alive.

  38. lynn heath
    April 19, 2015 / 1:52 pm

    Outside play is my favourite part of better weather, the kids are happier, they get dirty, they have fun and they sleep better!

  39. April 19, 2015 / 10:01 pm

    Getting outdoors is really important to us and something we love to do as a family – this book looks amazing, fingers and toes crossed

    Laura x
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  40. Rosalind Blight
    April 20, 2015 / 9:20 pm

    Because children learn and gain so much by being outdoors. Fresh air and laughter are 2 of the best medicines and being the fact we normally end up with laughter when we are outside its the best of both worlds

  41. Peter Hopkins
    April 21, 2015 / 11:07 am

    Enjoying the countryside and getting away from the day to day struggles life brings.

  42. April 21, 2015 / 11:19 am

    Defimately freah air and those times when im out in it with my family are those i cherish the most. Time to bond and use our imaginations! Roll on summer : )

    April 21, 2015 / 6:03 pm

    Because our bodies and brains were designed to climb,jump,look about and enjoy our natural surroundings! What’s not to like!

  44. Amy Rennocks
    April 21, 2015 / 9:16 pm

    Because children spend so much time using electronic devices they need to get outside and experience the real world first hand.

  45. leanne weir
    April 22, 2015 / 9:58 am

    Fresh air keeps my family healthy and knocks the boys out at night too!

  46. MichelleD
    April 22, 2015 / 10:22 am

    Fresh air and exercise helps to keep us happy and healthy!

  47. aaron broad
    April 22, 2015 / 10:53 am

    Nice change of scenery, otherwise I would just be sat in an office all day

  48. April 22, 2015 / 4:01 pm

    Burns off excess energy and always improves moods all round

  49. Emma Wolski
    April 23, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    I work in a metal tube so to be out in the air makes me feel free after work!

  50. claire little
    April 23, 2015 / 11:02 pm

    it’s good to have the balance and plenty of exercise πŸ™‚

  51. Sarah Franks
    April 24, 2015 / 12:34 am

    I grew up playing every sport imaginable. We’d even make believe that we were horses doing show jumping! But in addition that, my mum grew organic fruit and veg. It was after helping her on one of her allotments that I discovered a wonderful tennis club that I became a member of. I’d basically live there every summer, come rain or shine.

    These days, I like to walk and photograph. But I’ve also bitten the bullet on growing my own organic veg. After 30-some years of telling my mum it was cool that se grew great tasty food but I’d never be any kind of gardener, I’ve finally started growing my own herbs, tomatoes, leeks, and courgettes. She made a gardener out of me in the end!

    When I asked to her help with that, I know she’d quite rightly have an “I told you so” smile on her face.

  52. Celia West
    April 24, 2015 / 9:10 am

    Fresh air, exercise and freedom to run wild!

  53. scott
    April 24, 2015 / 12:42 pm

    Fresh air. beautiful scenery, peace and quiet and tranquility. being out and about is a beautiful thing which can refresh you and clear your head. Giving you chance to take stock of life and relax all whilst seeing the beauty of Mother Nature. Hiking in the hills, camping under the stars and getting some exercise, being outdoors is always worth it.

  54. Mark Chamberlin
    April 24, 2015 / 8:06 pm

    I suffer with low vitamin D so it’s very important to my health to get outside often.

    April 24, 2015 / 10:29 pm

    Fresh air, sunshine, wild flowers, trees, countryside – need I say more

  56. Tammy Tudor
    April 24, 2015 / 10:45 pm

    I love nature and it makes me smile and feel happy

  57. Jonathan Mason
    April 25, 2015 / 12:04 am

    Fresh air, the colour and wonderful aromas of flowers, bright blue skies, wispy clouds …

  58. Rowena Wood
    April 25, 2015 / 8:20 am

    Because there is so much colour, adventure, and surprises outdoors, you can go to the park for free and see lots of fantastix things you didn’t expect to see! It is more exciting than watching tv because it is real life, such as watching ducklings bouncing around catching flies on the local lake!

  59. Daniel Stacey
    April 25, 2015 / 9:16 am

    Mad running

  60. Jennifer Toal
    April 25, 2015 / 11:02 am

    Bring out in the open makes everyone feel better

  61. Andrew Hindley
    April 25, 2015 / 12:07 pm

    I have sinus problems so I love to be out in the fresh air

  62. Diana
    April 25, 2015 / 6:25 pm

    Fresh Air! πŸ™‚

  63. Allan Fullarton
    April 25, 2015 / 6:52 pm

    Fresh air and sunshine.

  64. Helen Allan
    April 25, 2015 / 6:55 pm

    We love to have time together to explore in the sunshine and fresh air. Thank you!

  65. karen Howden
    April 26, 2015 / 12:00 am

    its good for us all, fresh air and time spent together as a family

  66. Joanna Butler-Savage
    April 26, 2015 / 9:08 am

    feeling alive and free

  67. Aaron Milne
    April 26, 2015 / 9:25 am

    being outside its just good for you

  68. Stephen Little
    April 26, 2015 / 11:39 am

    Fresh air and sunshine

  69. Minnie15
    April 26, 2015 / 11:47 am

    Fresh air and exercise – good for the brain πŸ™‚ x

  70. joanne liddement
    April 26, 2015 / 2:25 pm

    Fresh air and being close to nature is great

  71. steph lovatt
    April 26, 2015 / 3:54 pm

    Fresh air and getting the children away from their computers

  72. Francesca Tuck
    April 26, 2015 / 5:13 pm

    The outdoors creates a whole ne world for the family to learn, bond, share and have fun.

  73. Spencer Wright
    April 26, 2015 / 5:16 pm

    Today we went over our local heath (where I spent hours & hours as a boy). We climbed trees, made a rope swing, found a grass snake & an active badger sett plus we did some pond dipping & found water beetles, sticklebacks & newts. Those kind of memories stay with the kids forever πŸ™‚

  74. gemma nisbet
    April 26, 2015 / 5:20 pm

    I hate the thought of my son growing up on a diet of TV and computer games! We spend barely any time at home at the weekends… we always have adventures to seek!

  75. Maria P
    April 26, 2015 / 7:18 pm

    the fresh air and a lot of activities

  76. Elizabeth Yeates
    April 26, 2015 / 8:10 pm

    I hate being stuck in with the TV on all the time! Winter makes me go crazy! The garden is much more fun!

  77. Joanna Sawka
    April 26, 2015 / 9:13 pm

    sun and fresh air

  78. Karen Lloyd
    April 26, 2015 / 9:15 pm

    It stimulates mind and body.

  79. Lisa Wilkinson
    April 26, 2015 / 9:25 pm

    We just love getting fresh air and getting close to nature πŸ™‚

  80. April 26, 2015 / 9:50 pm

    fresh air, peace and quite!

  81. Veronica Lopez-Smith
    April 26, 2015 / 10:10 pm

    Fresh air even if there is no sunshine

  82. Deborah Bird
    April 26, 2015 / 10:11 pm

    Fresh air and exercise are good for the whole family!

  83. Jason Langford
    April 26, 2015 / 11:04 pm

    Fresh air, exercise and getting the family out into the beautiful countryside

  84. Natalie Crossan
    April 26, 2015 / 11:33 pm

    Fresh air and outdoor fun x

  85. Chantelle Kemp
    April 26, 2015 / 11:52 pm

    To keep away from technology for just a while! πŸ™‚

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