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Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: Activity Books

 


2014 Award
Double Draw All Around the World
(Mudpuppy Press $9.99 Score:)

We don't usually do coloring books, but this is a lot more and more like a drawing book that may satisfy older kids who want their realistic drawings to look more realistic. Double Draw gives young artists half a picture of some recognizable places such as the Eiffel Tower, The Sphinx, and Lady Liberty. There are spiral bindings on both sides of the book. Kids can draw the right hand side or the left hand side of these symmetrical sites and then they can draw their own version on the blanks provided. Marked for 4 & up, this is not a preschool kind of toy. They will not get hurt by any small parts, but they will be frustrated. On the other hand, school age kids will welcome the guidance that half an image offers. A fun approach to guiding drawing that leaves plenty of room for creativity.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
I (Heart) Art
(illus. Abigail Halpin, Mudpuppy Press $12.99 Score:)

Here's a more open-ended book than it appears to be at first glance. Each double page spread introduces a simple bit of information about a well-known work of art. The facing page invites young artists to not merely copy what is on the page, but to design something that relates to that work of art. Done in conjunction with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. A nice take-home to extend a museum visit or for the young artist who needs a little direction without totally dictating what to do. 8-12 and up, up, up.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Pretty in Paper
(American GIrl $24.99 Score:)

A fun way to start summer vacation! Girls who like crafts will dive right into this 64-page book with how-to recipes for trying our dozens of new craft ideas for decorating their rooms, gift packages, hair, and scrapbooks--to mention just a few. The book comes with a bundle of quilling strips and a quilling tool, large paper sheets with patterns and, a pad of scrapbook paper. The directions are clear and beautifully illustrated in full color. Reading, following details, trying new skills make this a book that develops know how with creativity. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook
(Matthew Mead, Downtown Bookworks $18.99 Score:)

Getting kids (especially boys) into cooking just got easier with this Super Hero themes cookbook. Illustrated in full color photos for eye appeal, some recipes call for food coloring, others use cookie cutters with Super Hero symbols (not included), and still others foods are decorated with colored sugar or paprika with the sturdy stencils that are in the back of the book. Kids will also like the punch-our action figures that can be taped to toothpicks and used to decorate foods. For picky eaters, this just might make certain foods more appealing. A Man of Steel Burger has a Superman shield made of cheese and ketchup; while red and yellow pepper stars are cut out to decorate Wonder Woman pizzas. If you are planning a themed party this will help you add shazam to the food choices. There are power drinks, mighty main dishes, sweet treats, hero sandwiches, naturally, and even breakfasts for a flying start! 

 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
I Spy Spectacular
(by Jean Marzollo, illus. Walter Wick, Scholastic $13.99 Score:)

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the ever-popular series, this is truly a spectacular new edition. It is a compendium of many Walter Wicks' classic photographs accompanied by new riddles by Jean Marzollo. This is a fun take-along for summer travels choice. Young readers will be able to share reading the riddles and then the two of you can hunt for the items you must try to spy. The images are crisp and complex and good fun for the whole family. For extra spying fun use the extra riddles added to the back of the book.
This is just one of a collection to share whatever the season. All ages.

Play It!
Riddle Me This
Play your own riddle games with the images in the book. Choose one of the big pictures and then make up your own riddle about one of the small objects on the page. You don’t need to make a rhyming riddle. but you could use a rhyme as one of your clues. For example, if your riddle is about a bear...you could say I spy something that walks on four legs, it has a shaggy coat and it rhymes with chair.

Rhyme Time Game
Give everyone a pencil and paper. Use a timer from another game.
Agree on an object in one of the big photos in the book.
When you say go, everyone writes as many rhyming words they can think of that rhyme with the object selected. For example: if you zoom in on a picture of a cat...how many words can players write that rhyme with that? When time is up each player reads her list. Others must cross out any words that others have also written. Everyone scores any words that are left. (With younger players everyone gets a point for each word without regard to other players lists.)Choose another picture and play another round. Winner is the first person to get 10 points—or decide what the points to win will be depending on the ability level of the players.

                A few years ago we published several books with suggested books and follow-up games that extend the book experience. One collection Read It Play It is for playing with babies and toddlers. The other is for preschool and early school years children. We also did a collection in Spanish, featuring books that were in Spanish or were bilingual.

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Age: Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
You and Me
(I See Me! Inc $29.95 Score:)

What a neat idea! Grandparents can fill out a form and send photos to this publisher and they will produce a book about your life to share with your grandkids. You use their template that covers your likes and dislikes, your school years and family, too. Send it back to the company with photos and your cherished memories become family history that kids can treasure. It's a 20 page book that covers your life from childhood to the present and can include your grandchild and his parents. For more info visit their website, ISeeMe.com.

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2009.

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Awards
American Girls' Family Album
(Pleasant Company Editors, Pleasant Company $7.95 Score:) A guided family history for interviewing moms and grandmothers and themselves. Generations get to share experiences from their own girlhood and how they celebrated birthdays, holidays, or summer vacation. 8 and up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: .

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2001 Awards
Beadlings
(by Julie Collings & Candice Elton, Klutz $16.95 Score:) We were impressed with the clear directions that set this book/bead kit apart. Fun for making a variety of beaded bugs. However, not all colors shown in photos come with the kit and you'll need more beads to do all of the projects. 10 and up. Also one of our favorite activities around, Tissue Paper Flowers with clear instructions for making a bouquet with a variety of shapes. 8 and up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
The Body Crayon Book
(by the editors of Klutz Press, Klutz $14.95 Score:) We had great fun experimenting with the many funny ideas for making "body art" with six nontoxic body crayons. Our 7-year-old tester likes drawing jewelry and messages. A good gift for campers or for a sleep-over/party game. They say 4, but we'd say more like 6 and up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
I Spy Extreme Challenger
(by Jean Marzollo/photos by Walter Wick, Scholastic $13.95 Score:) Read the riddles and find the answers buried in the amazing photos. Combining images from earlier editions with new riddles, this is the latest in a consistently winning series the whole family will enjoy!

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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