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Great Books to Gift this Season from DK Kids!

unnamedThe Holidays are right around the corner and what better a time than now to get those gifts checked off the list! One thing I always like to get my kids during this time of the year are specific books. But not just any books. I like to get them a book or two that they can read or use over and over again. I turn to DK Kids book because I know they offer dynamic layouts and vibrant images to engrossing content that gets kids excited! The sort of books they offer encourage children to use their imagination, to learn, to create, and discover.

Below are just a few titles that my children are benefitting from right now. DK Books has many engaging titles to pick up starting from baby ages and up for both boys and girls!

365 Things to Do with LEGO® Bricks

9781465453020, $24.99

d88e989260b94c6c986dd0730c10d2c5365 Things to Do with LEGO® Bricks inspires you to look at your LEGO bricks in new and exciting ways. This interactive book features imaginative play and building ideas, from LEGO projects that take just a few minutes and require a handful of bricks to inspirational build ideas and activities to keep you occupied for hours.

Visual tips and advice from LEGO fan builders will encourage you to get creative and have fun while learning new building skills such as building your own LEGO pet, challenging your friends to make the tallest LEGO tower against the clock, and creating a LEGO treasure hunt.

Featuring a timer and random number generator for selecting activities, 365 Things to Do with LEGO Bricks is full of games and activities that will keep you busy every day of the year.

Our thoughts…

My eight-year-old daughter and nearly 6-year-old son are sharing this book. It’s the perfect pick for quiet times and rainy days! It encourages my children to model, create, imagine, and invent masterful designs of all sorts. It’s a book packed full of activities, games, and adventures that could only be formulated by each child’s creative thought process.

I adore this book and have already seen its benefits in both my children.  The only problem (not really a problem) is both my kids keep begging to go back to our local LEGO store to up their current supply!

In having 365 activities,  you could do one a day for the entirety of the year!  The pages are full of tips as well as up close brightly colored pictures. You could go in order of activities or navigate through the well formatted index for a specific activity. The hardcover format ensures this book will last use after use. It’s certainly an ideal pick perfect for any LEGO lover, in my opinion!

Maker Lab

9781465451354, $19.99

d8a5f6a1d14e4c11a57a677b1c9197db28 kid-safe science experiments and crafts for curious young scientists and budding makers, with a foreword by award-winning teen inventor Jack Andraka.
 Build, invent, create, and discover 28 awesome experiments and activities with Maker Lab.

Created in association with the Smithsonian Institution and supporting STEM education initiatives, Maker Lab includes 28 kid-safe projects and crafts that will get young inventors’ wheels turning and make science pure fun.

Each step-by-step activity is appropriate for kids ages 8-12 and ranked easy, medium, or hard, with an estimated time frame for completion. Requiring only household materials, young makers can build an exploding volcano, race balloon rocket cars, construct a solar system, make a lemon battery, and more. Photographs and facts carefully detail the “why” and “how” of each experiment using real-world examples to provide context so kids can gain a deeper understanding of the scientific principles applied.

With a foreword by Jack Andraka, a teen award-winning inventor, Maker Lab will help kids find their inner inventor and create winning projects for school projects, science fairs, and beyond.

My Thoughts…

We’ve only just scratched the surface using this amazing book along with our weekly science lessons. The projects within are all within reach of doing without purchasing a ton of different things. I really like most of the items needed can already be found in my home.

There are step-by-step instructions that are super easy to follow along with. The full-color photos and illustrations are helpful and make the book a treat for the eyes too.

We’ve done a few of the projects in this book ( Monster Marshmallows…)and are already compiling what we need for the next ones (Rubberband Solar System Model). Project categories are  ‘Food for Thought’, ‘Around the Home’, ‘Water World’ and ‘The Great Outdoors’. If looking to start simple there’s a handy difficulty rating as well as an estimation of time for each project. I feel that children could look at this book and do many of the projects all by themselves, especially when it comes to projects like making paper airplanes.

Whether looking for science experiments to do for school or fun in their free time. This book is well worth getting, in my opinion. It’s laid out really well. It’s easy to locate projects, understand what steps to take to create it, and there are many helpful tips and facts that will leave a lasting impression. My 8 and nearly 6-year-old like this book and are excited to use it for all of our upcoming science experiments!  I highly recommend this book for home or school use!

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Children Just Like Me

9781465453921, $19.99

Profiling over 40 kids from Kazakhstan to Ohio, this engaging photographic collection shows everyday life around the world through the eyes and words of children.
A favorite in classrooms, libraries, and homes, Children Just Like Me is a comprehensive view of international cultures, exploring diverse backgrounds from Argentina to New Zealand to China to Israel. With this brand new edition, children will learn about their peers around the world through engaging photographs and understandable text laid out in DK’s distinctive style.

Highlighting 36 different countries, Children Just Like Me profiles 44 children and their daily lives. From rural farms to busy cities to riverboats, this celebration of children around the world shows the many ways children are different and the many ways they are the same, no matter where they live.

Meet Bolat, an eight-year-old from Kazakhstan who likes to cycle, play with his pet dogs, and play the dromba; Joaquin from New Jersey who enjoys reading and spending time with his family, and whose favorite food is bacon; or Yaroslav from Moscow who likes to make robots. Daily routines, stories of friends and family, and dreams for the future are spoken directly from the children themselves, making the content appropriate and interesting to draw in young readers.

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of this special project, all-new photography, maps, and facts give unique insight to children’s lives in our world today showing their homes, food, outfits, schools, families, and hobbies.

A passport to a celebratory journey around the world, Children Just Like Me is perfect for children who are curious about the children of the world and their stories.

 My Thoughts…
What a great book for children to gain  insight into the great big world around them. This title is the perfect pick to use for social studies as well as for geography.  My older children found this book very interesting. It was fun to learn about the many children spotlighted from countries all over the world, including our own. My children got to learn what other children eat, what toys they play with, what hobbies these children enjoyed, what kinds of homes they lived in, and so much more! And for every country spotlighted there was also a translation in how to say Hello.

I know in the future we’ll be using this book in our homeschool unit studies! I recommend it!

My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things

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Learning takes on a storybook feel with this charming first encyclopedia through its “Once upon a time” stories and graphic novel elements.

A charming first encyclopedia bursting with facts, perfect for little learners who want to know everything.

Learning takes on a storybook feel in My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things through its “Once upon a time” stories and graphic novel elements. Covering a world of discovery, it explores animals, people, planets, and, very importantly, you!

Learn what happens when you skin your knee and find out what makes someone a cousin instead of a sister. Meet vegetarian dinosaurs, fluffy pets, and big blue whales. Explore the past with cavemen, Vikings, and pharaohs. Follow the life of a plant, from seed to flower, and discover what makes up a cloud. Play “I Spy” games to help with letter recognition or flip through the reference

My Thoughts…

This book can keep a child occupied for hours at a time! There are so many interesting things throughout its pages. My children were both drawn to this book because they wanted to know what very important things they might miss out on not knowing! The contents section of this book is extremely helpful when deciding what and where to read about. This, of course, is if you don’t want to start from the beginning and read through to the end. Topics covered include the planet, places, animals. people, the human body, and more!

This book can be used as a starter to do further research on anything mentioned in its pages. It’s a great book to read at home, school, or during busy or boring times for kids! I know my kids love looking at this while in the car or waiting at an appointment.

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You can find the titles mentioned above on the DK Website, Amazon.com, bookstores, and other retailers.  

* I have received this product for free or at a discounted rate in exchange for my honest and unbiased product review; all opinions are my own.*


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