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It’s a tough balance. We want them to be outside soaking up the sun’s vitamins, but we also want to keep their minds stimulated and active. And we all know, if given the choice, our youngsters would probably choose gaming over a book!
The good news is that science and research are revealing more and more how helpful video games can be in a child’s cognitive development. Minecraft, for instance, helps with creativity, sharing, innovating, continuous learning, problem-solving, craftsmanship, teamwork, interdependence, flexibility, storytelling…just to name a few. Plus kids love it.
Family Friendly Projects for Exploring Concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (Lab Series). I love Quarto’s “Lab” series! These well-done books serve as a bridge between parents, their children and STEAM and STEM concepts.
In Unofficial Minecraft STEM Lab for Kids, you’ll find a collection of 48 creative projects that make learning science, technology, engineering, and math exciting for the whole family. Venture off on six action-packed Quests, each with four unique Labs that pair a hands-on activity with an in-game project.
But having this book, showing your kids how the skills they are learning inside the game are relevant in out-of-game experiences, is a wonderful opportunity for family bonding and for crafting and creativity. PLUS, authors John Miller and Chris Fornell Scott have recreated the delight of “quests” like in the game as well. Here’s a sample of the genius this book holds:
Quest 1: Pistons, Rails, and Redstone.-Kids and parents can create a solar telescope along with many more super-fun activities.
Quest 2: Construction Zone- Make glow-in-the-dark slime, grow pipe cleaner snowflakes, and carve a crystal ice castle.
And soooo much more!
Clay Lab for Kids: 52 Projects to Make, Model, and Mold with Air-Dry, Polymer, and Homemade Clay by Cassie Stephens
Geology Lab for Kids by Garret Romaine
In this book, you will learn:
- How to identify the most common rocks and minerals
- How to maintain and display your rock collection
- How insects are trapped and preserved in amber
- How geysers and volcanoes form and erupt
- How layers of rock reveal a record of time
- How to pan for gold like a real prospector
Geology is an exciting science that helps us understand the world we live in, and Geology Lab for Kids actively engages readers in simple, creative activities that reveal the larger world at work.
Three wonderful STEM and STEAM books that encourage kids to get their hands dirty and their brains out of “park.” Check out QuartoKids’ website for even more amazing books.
One More Thing
The much-anticipated sequel to JIAB intern, Hannah Rials’ runaway YA hit, Ascension. Book Two in the Ascension series is Clandestine and it’s already bringing in raves reviews.
“Gripping until the very end.” – Scott Reintgen, author of Nyxia
“Dark, surprising, and full of twists, the Ascension series is a delectable addition to vampire canon. Rials paints a rich and engrossing world of vampires, half-vampires witches– each with their own agenda. Cheyenne’s struggle to be free is one that every girl will recognize, and I rooted for her as she bristled against the roles cast for her by society. It’s the story of a girl yearning to come into her own powers, powers both frightening and beautiful.” ~Maggie Thrash, author of L.A. Times Book Prize nominee Honor Girl
Cheyenne Lane never believed it could come to this—imprisoned by her own family, who are plotting to overthrow the vampire Council. Ripped away from the happiness of her summer romance and friendship in New Orleans, Cheyenne is forced to begin her education at Clandestine, the secret Deuxsang University, one year early.
She is guarded constantly, separated from her best friend Anne, and desperate for any word from Eli and the witches. Meanwhile, her cousin Lilith has discovered that Cheyenne possesses all four vampiric abilities—unheard of for a Deuxsang—and intends to use her in the Ascending’s rebellious scheme.
At 17, Cheyenne finds herself the center of a centuries-old conspiracy involving the vampires, Deuxsang, and witches, and everyone is telling her who she should trust and what she should do. Her head is too full of voices and opinions, and it’s time for Cheyenne to make up her own mind.
Is she ready to step into the role she was made for? Who can she trust? Who is her friend and who is her enemy? Is she really a born leader? All questions that only she can answer. As the information and scenario gets more confusing, she knows she must listen to her intuition if she is going to shift the truth from all the lies.
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