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Summer Reading & Activity Books for Kids – 07/20/13

Posted on: Friday, July 19th, 2013

As summer is in full swing we all look to sunny warm days to be out and about with the kids.  It may be on vacation or around the neighborhood.  But, sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate and we look for other ways to entertain the kids.  Or, thinking about the dreaded “Summer Learning Loss”, parents look activities to keep the kids reading over the summer.  Activity books are a great way to keep the kids busy and learning over the summer and they’re fun so the kids will want to read them.  To get you started, here are some suggestions.

National Geographic Kids Quiz Whiz: 1,000 Super Fun, Mind-bending, Totally Awesome Trivia Questions by National Geographic Kids is for kids age 8 and up.  “You’ll find 1,000 fun, fascinating, and funny quiz questions like these below in the new National Geographic Kids Quiz Whiz book. These aren’t the kinds of quizzes kids take in school.  Instead, they are full of trivia that kids will love to share with friends and family.  They can even put their whole family to the test and see who scores the highest.  With a dynamic design and with tons of colorful photos, these quizzes will be fun to look, too!
Based on one of the most popular features on the National Geographic Kids website, this collection of themed quizzes, true-and-false questions, and photo-driven quizzes, will include questions about animals, weather, countries, and lots more. This compact book is just he right size to toss into a backpack and will make car trips, dentists’ waiting rooms, even visits to the mall enjoyable experiences for all.

How hot is lightning?

  1. as hot as a microwave on high
  2. as hot as the sun’s surface
  3. five times hotter than the sun’s surface
  4. as hot as lava

(Correct answer: C)

What’s do you call a group of cats?

  1. a scratch
  2. a clowder
  3. a felinopolis
  4. a cat-astrophe

(Correct answer: B)

Review from Amazon.

Magic Tree House: Games and Puzzles from the Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce and Sal Murdocca is for kids ages 6 through 9.  “The best activity book for kids who love the Magic Tree House series!
Travel through time and around the world with Jack and Annie to help them solve mazes and crossword puzzles, break secret codes, play games, draw pictures, and more!  They’ve seen the age of the dinosaurs and the high-tech future; they’ve visited freezing Antarctica and scorching deserts—and now Jack and Annie need your help with five activities from every Magic Tree House adventure, from Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark to Magic Tree House #44: A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time.  Over 200 activities included! So many activities . . . so much fun!”  Review from Amazon.

Recycled Robots: 10 Robot Projects by Robert Malone is for kids age 8 and up.  “Robots and kids: a perfect combination.  From R2-D2 to the Transformers to WALL-E, robots are a source of endless fascination.  Now comes an irresistible book and kit that shows how to make ten different robots—that move—out of the most ordinary things from around the house.  By delivering an experience that’s so much richer than putting together a model, this book gets to the essence of creativity and imaginative problem-solving and shows how to be an inventor, designer, and engineer all in one.
Created by robot expert Robert Malone, chairman of the Automation Hall of Fame, the plans are ingenious and include a materials list (rounding it up is like a treasure hunt!) plus step-by-step directions illustrated with detailed, full-color photographs. The kit includes all the essential accessories: a battery-operated motor and two windup walkers, plus templates, dowels, beads, wire, mounting squares—and googly eyes.
Transform a leftover action figure into Armorbot.  Start with a few paper cups, and presto, Cupbot.  Repurpose cardboard boxes and tubes into the endlessly adaptable Boxbot—it even has a rotating head. From the tiny Hopbot—put it on the floor and you’ll see how it got its name—to giant Styrobot, here are ten plans to make a roomful of robotic wonders.”  Review from Amazon.

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