Book Review: Balanced and Barefoot

51Z7Li0DClLTimberNook may or may not have gotten to you yet, but it should, and real soon. Occupational Therapist, founder of TimberNook, and author Angela J. Hanscom, wrote a book called “Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children” and it is rather inspiring for the movement toward nonrestrictive outdoor play for children. Richard Louv, author of New York Times best seller “Last Child in the Woods,” even forwards Hanscom’s book.

Hanscom explains that she first started noticing a lot of similarities of issues in her child clients especially when it came to balance. Upon further investigation she determined that some of the fine and gross motor skill issues stemmed from the fact that they did not truly develop the skills needed, and where do they get developed? Outdoors.

“Balanced and Barefoot” explores physical issues, the human body, free and outdoor play, safety, playgrounds, recess and the classroom, and how to play in the outdoors with various ages. It is a must read for parents or honestly anyone who spends time with children.


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