I've said it before...occupying the kiddies over a March Break spent in your own house can be challenging. I recently picked out a few special craft books to feed us with ongoing projects ideas. While the kids and I had a great time sewing these fun sprinkle doughnuts, I thought it would be wise to have them pick out their own books for personal inspiration. It's always best if kids find books that appeal to their own interests and tastes, right?
The kids browsed the selection of books available in DK's March Break boutique. I secretly hoped that one of them would select a learning to cook type of book, because then they could learn to cook in place of Mom. Alas, they chose otherwise.
My son selected "The LEGO Ideas Book," presumably to put to good use the hundreds of dollars worth of LEGO blocks in our basement. He poured over the pages of the book as soon as it arrived. He found lots of inspiration in the book's six themed chapters...transportation, buildings, space, kingdoms, adventure and useful makes. This New York Times best seller doesn't have step by step instructions, but rather provides inspiration, hints and tips from master builders so that you can use your own LEGO collection to build similar items.
The only drawback? Yes, my son wants even more LEGO now.
He also picked out the "Alien Robots Kit." Both he and my husband declared this one "very cool." If you have a son, take note. My son's selections are a good lesson in finding the right books to appeal to boys.
This kit comes with all kinds of motors, levers, gears, axles and propellers to build six kinetic alien monsters. The companion book explains the physics and theories behind what makes them work. My son has already assembled two of the alien robots, including this little guy, who has a spinning propeller and rotates around the base. I admit this science-impaired mother kind of found the kit cool too.
My little gal loves to draw, write, colour, scribble...if it involves paper and a writing tool, she has done it. Unfortunately, this means no printer paper left for us to print on (I'm not kidding) and piles of crumpled paper around the house. So, it was with my blessing that she ordered the "Doodlepedia: Animal Antics" book.
Perhaps this book will help to ensure that our next batch of printer paper lasts more than a few days.
This doodle guide to how animals live features a wide range of animals, from birds of the rainforest to animals from the grasslands of Africa to more local creatures such as bears, deer and owls. While doodling, my daughter has learned about what these animals eat, how they move and much more.
Time to PlayFor the month of March, these books and a whole selection of other wonderful books for kids are 30% off on DK Canada's website. Take a look. They are lots of fun for kids (okay, and parents).
*I was provided with books for review purposes. I received no other compensation and the opinions are my own.
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