Benji & the 24 Pound Banana Squash is a fun book based on actual events that happened in author Alan Fox’s life when he was eight years old. The story demonstrates perseverance, love, and patience through the adventures of planting, growing, harvesting, and reaping the delicious benefits one’s hard work and curiosity.
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Busy Bags Kids Will Love: Make-Ahead Activity Kits for a Happy Preschooler and Stress-Free Parent By Sara McClure is a great resource! The Activities and ideas within are meant to be just more than a distraction but will also challenge children to think, recognize colors/shapes/numbers/patterns, build motor skills, and improve vocabulary in a fun hands-on way. The busy bags projects in this book are intended for children ages 3-6 years old.
The Tiny Traveler by Misti Kenison is a series of books created with children ages 0-3 years old in mind. This series takes the basic concepts of nature and numbers and ties those in with world travel! It’s a clever way to introduce children to countries and their cultures. It’s a great series to get a jump start on Geography! Even though this series is meant for younger children, my five year old son enjoys looking and learning through these books about far off places that we dream of one day visiting.
The Tumble Trax Magnetic Marble Run is useful learning tool for at home or in the classroom. I enjoy having my kids play with this set because I know that they are practicing their engineering and problem solving skills in a fun hands-on way. The brightly colored set offers enough pieces to get really creative. My kids think it’s really cool seeing that when adjusting the parts in certain ways they control not only the direction in which the marbles fall but also the speed the marble goes when reaching the intended destination!
My children ages 7 and 4 enjoy mazes quite a bit. I like mazes too because I know in solving or creating our own that we are challenging our mind in new ways and boosting critical thinking skills. My children’s experience with mazes has mainly been with those strictly found in activity books and in games on the computer. Though recently, they were given a hands on approach to mazes. Many thanks to Learning Resources for the opportunity to share our experiences with their latest educational game Create-a Maze.