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If it hasn’t already, the school year is nearly over here in the States, the weather is warmer, and summer is nearly upon us. Wondering what to do with the kids over the summer break ? Have I got a list of fun and active favorites for you. Did you notice I didn’t use the word reading ? Well as much as your child is going to read with these books in hand, its actually active reading because they will need to read, follow directions, and create playful moments for themselves. Depending on the age of your child they might need a little help from you but mostly these are wonderful play books for kids which will engage them, and activate great independent reading and project skills.
Let’s Start in the Kitchen
Cookie Decorating: Easy-to-follow recipes and decorating tips for sweet cookie creations is one FUN cookie decorating book. Cookie Decorating invites your kids to discover and explore the art of cookie decorating with confidence. This book has richly illustrated and photographed step by step instructions which are easy for both child and parent to follow. We’re taught a variety of decorating tips as well as different types of frosting. I loved that finally I found a guide that could explain the various decorating tips for me with examples. This book comes complete with a cookie cutter, reusable decorating templates, a frosting pen and stickers for those cookie gift bags. This is an easy and fantastic books which inspires aspiring bakers to learn the basic skills and experience the fun of cooking !!! Oh and let’s not forget the sharing as in sharing all those good and beautiful cookies they’re baking with their moms, dads, and others, well if there’s some left over. All in all this is a well done book which will give your kids fun filled kitchen moments any time of year.
Create your own illustrated tasty treats with tantalizing scented markers and delectable stickers in one SWEET activity book. Decorate your own sweet treats throughout this fun-filled activity book. Whether your kids are decorating a seven tiered cake or adding colorful sprinkles to sugar cookies and snickerdoodles, they will quickly discover how easy it is to explore and push the boundaries of their creativity. Whatever their imagination can stir up can happen in this bakery.
With 48 pages of open-ended prompts and unfinished illustrations that encourage the use of scented markers and scratch and sniff stickers (provided with book), children will stay busy for hours frosting doughnuts, cupcakes, ad other delicious desserts just waiting for their creative help.
Each book comes complete with a set of scented markers, which includes strawberry, chocolate, mint, and lime, as well as a set of 75 stickers which also smell which interact with the book.
This is a great book for instilling the skill of following instructions which even the beginning reader can accomplish. This is a very well thought out and designed book and we greatly enjoyed it.
I think it’s time to head Outside !!!
Outside: A Guide to Discovering Nature by Maria Ana Peixe Dias and Bernardo P. Carvalho was created in collaboration with a team of natural history experts. This book is the winner of the much coveted Bologna Ragazzi award in 2015.
It is well thought out and beautifully designed. Outside aims to arouse your child’s curiosity about fauna, flora, and other aspects of the natural world. The range of this book is huge. Starting with simple things that one can find in the garden or near the house to exploring the natural world at large.
It has brief introductions to geology, space and oceans. It has many ideas for nature based activities and many illustrations to guide the reader to leave the house, and get outside and start discovering or maybe simply admire the beauty of nature. It’s an invitation to the whole amazing world that exists out there. This is a solid compendium of learning to love the outdoors. I’ve noticed a certain 9 year old who is not leaving the house without this wonderful guide to nature. He takes it with him everywhere and that’s the best testimonial any book needs.
Are you ready to be an action hero? Earth is in danger and it needs your help to rescue it. The perfect book for budding conservationists and eco warriors! The book is packed full of step-by-step projects for crafty kids eager to reuse, recycle, and do their bit for the environment.
With a mixture of simple and challenging projects, readers can learn how to create new objects from scrap materials, make their homes more eco-friendly, and turn even the smallest outdoor space into a wildlife haven. Activities are broken down into easy steps and technical information comes alive in bite-size facts. Each activity is deepened with facts about the actual science behind the project and the wider importance of caring for the environment. A very inventive, colorful and full of activities that share even the smallest action creates important outcomes.
I’ve always loved Playmobil and now publisher Quartoknows it producing highly colorful books with playmobil and it’s center. It’s time to journey around the world with our favorite Playmobil Characters. This book is creatively and thoughtfully done. Travel around the world with Playmobil to over 30 different countries where we’ll explore the cultures, people and their habits.
Richard Unglik, a professional photographer and child at heart, uses Playmobil figurines and scenery to depict different parts of the world and its exotic peoples and places. Each double page showcases a country, city, or civilization, along with its traditions and customs. More than 30 countries from around the globe are portrayed and shown on a large, pull-out map of the world. This heartwarming atlas of the world is something that readers of all ages will enjoy. This is a fun and engaging book which peaks the curiosity of it’s readers to explore, learn and experience the world.
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School will soon be out and our youngsters will settle into a new summer routine of sleeping in and hopefully doing some exploring and discovering. With the hectic days of summer just beginning, oftentimes one of the first habit to go by the wayside is the habit of daily reading.
Reading is always an important part of our children’s lives no matter what time of year it is so I decided to wrap my knowledge of fun kidlit books and activities up with my experience as one of the co-founders of the very successful Multicultural Children’s Book Day and create a unique resource for parents who are looking for creative ways to keep their kids reading this summer. Reading is important, but so is helping our young readers learn about other cultures, religions and traditions through the pages of these books. Here are some great booklists and resources that I have created over the years at Jump Into a Book that will not only give parents and readers great ideas on diverse kids’ books, but fun activities related to books that will bring stories to life!
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