This week’s blog was about ways to keep the kids busy with interesting, educational activities. This week’s book selections continue that theme.
Everything Kids’ Word Search Puzzle and Activity Book by Beth L Blair is for kids in grades 4 and up. This book includes over 100 mind-bending puzzles including word search, fill in the blanks and more. It will keep the kids busy for hours.
Colonial Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in the New World by Laurie Carlson is for kids in grades K to 6. From School Library Journal “Colonial American life comes to life in this attractive and easy-to-use book. Dozens of illustrated activities follow a brief introduction to early Americans and their daily lives. Throughout the book, small text boxes add interesting tidbits, such as the definition of “pilgrim” and why the English “drank out of their boots.” The activities are divided into eight chapters: “Sailing and Settling,” “Clothes and More,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Dinnertime,” “Everyday Life,” “Arts and Crafts,” “School and Learning,” and “Fun and Games.” The projects include recipes, games, crafts, and gardening. Kids can learn how to tie knots, bake hardtack, make a braided rug, or dip candles. The instructions are clearly written and include informative line drawings and appropriate warnings for adult assistance. Paula A. Kiely, Milwaukee Public Library, WI Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.” Review from Amazon.
Puzzle Island by Paul Adshead is for kids age 5 and up. From Publishers Weekly: “’Dear Friend,’ entreats this book’s cover, “I am in urgent need of your help. Travel to Puzzle Island . . . and help me to save the rarest creature in the world from extinction.” Thus begins an intricate, engrossing puzzle certain to happily bedevil reader-detectives. Each of 11 elaborately detailed illustrations depicts a different part of the island, and squirreled away in each are the figures of four different creatures (space between certain branches of one tree, for example, is shaped like an upside-down cow). Adshead frames each picture with four alphabets; letters from each are missing, and these can be unscrambled to disclose the names of the hidden animals. Once these amiable tasks have been accomplished, however, the hunt for the “rare creature” is far from over. There are more messages to be assembled, concealed words, secret codes, rhyming clues. The text is wordy, the age range here misleading–could a five-year-old rearrange “abdhimnry” to spell “mynah bird”?–but would-be Sherlocks and amateur cryptanalysts with good verbal skills could not wish for anything more. Ages 5-12. Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.” Review from Amazon.