I love March break. It really is important for my kids especially my older son, to have breaks throughout the school year. He has a rough time at school for several reasons (I wrote about it here) and the breaks are much needed for him to de-stress and re-energize. There is also something about the break that allows us time to just relax and get craft too. This is one of the reasons that I love DK books so much. There are so many great titles for my kids to choose from that make my kids want to read and discover. They have such a huge selection of books like the Smithsonian Maker Lab which my oldest boy loves. A ton of great ideas to try and so much to learn, at a level they can really understand. They truly make learning fun!
Supporting STEM education initiatives and the maker movement, the National Parenting Publication Award-winner 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.
Next up for my 10-year-old is the Coding with Scratch Made Easy. My son loves to figure out how all the things work and I think it’s amazing that they have all these great books that teach things like computer coding and programming at younger ages. In today’s day and age of technology everywhere computer coding is fast becoming a sought-after skill that isn’t going away anytime soon.
Young novice coders will learn about the basics of coding, how to download Scratch, and how to work with scripts, animations, loops, movement, and sounds, before putting them all together to create fun games and projects.
With easy-to-follow instructions and Minecraft-style illustrations, Coding With Scratch Made Easy is the perfect introductory practice book to build and sharpen vital skills in one of the fastest growing industries.
Throw in a little How To Draw which all of my kids can use and we have a few March break ideas to keep us busy for a few hours anyway! And while the kids are playing and experimenting, mommy will be enjoying some time to learn about photography. I really want to up my photo game on the blog and hoping The Beginner’s Photography Guide will help without overwhelming me.
The wonderful group at DK Canada wants you to enjoy a couple of books too so enter below to win a copy of The Beginner’s Guide to Photography and Smithsonian Maker Lab for your book collection!
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