Nothing Happens Outside By Lee Watson




This would be a great book for those of you struggling with indoor, tech-addicted children. Reading ‘Nothing Happens Outside’ with them, may just be enough to inspire to actually go outside and take a look!


The unthinkable has happened: the children have dropped their Mum’s phone into the toilet! It seems, however, that they are less concerned with the fact that they’ve broken something of their Mum’s, and more concerned with the fact that their screen is broken and now they have nothing to play their games on.

When Mum suggests the brother and sister go outside and play, they think this is a crazy idea: after all nothing happens outside, except the weather.

It turns out though, that sometimes things do actually happen outside and the siblings end up having the best day ever!

Why I love it:

I can relate to the problem in this book. My son absolutely adores his computer games and would have no issue spending the entire weekend on the phone or computer, if we let him. To counteract this, we are constantly finding new parks, playgrounds, camping grounds, velodromes etc to keep him happy and entertained outdoors. The struggle is real!!

I love that this is a book I can relate to and I love that it makes me feel less like a failing Mum, just because these are the activities my son is drawn to. I also love that this book is there to inspire him to put down the screen and explore!

Themes to discuss with your child:

  • Indoors/outdoors
  • Adventure
  • Fun
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Balance
  • Screen time
  • Family
  • Friends

Questions to ask your child:

Before reading:
  • What do you think this book might be about?
  • Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
  • Is this a book you want to read? Why/why not?
  • List 3 words to describe how the children look on the front cover.
  • How many different animals/creatures can you see on the cover?
After reading:
  • Did you enjoy this story? Why/why not?
  • Why didn’t the children want to go outside?
  • Once they got outside, did they enjoy themselves straight away?
  • Did the children end up having more fun inside on their screens, or outside playing?
  • What do you think is more fun? Why?


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