Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Need Ideas for Cooped Up Kids? Check Out These Great Activity Books

Wood: 5-Step Handicrafts for Kids
Anna Llimós
Wood: 5-Step Handicrafts for Kids
Age level: Picture Book: Ages 0-6

In just five simple steps, children can make a variety of whimsical objects such as race cars, a rabbit, a puzzle, and a marble run out of wood. Fourteen projects make clever use of commonly available materials and simple tools, turning clothespins, corkboard, and wooden blocks into lasting crafts and toys. Children five years and older will develop fine motor skills, feed their creativity, and be encouraged to find new uses for everyday objects.

Size: 8 1/8″ x 9 1/8″ | 106 color images | 32 pp
ISBN13: 9780764358715 | Binding: hard cover


Plastic: 5-Step Handicrafts for Kids
Anna Llimós
Plastic: 5-Step Handicrafts for Kids
Age level: Picture Book: Ages 0-6

In just five simple steps, children can make fun, memorable crafts out of plastic, including an octopus, a hairy bug, a puppet theater, and gifts for friends. Fourteen projects make clever use of plastic items we find in our everyday lives, such as cups, plates, hair curlers, and drinking straws. Children five years and older will develop fine motor skills, feed their creativity, and be encouraged to find new uses for items we often see as disposable.

Size: 8 1/8″ x 9 1/8″ | 105 color illustrations | 32 pp
ISBN13: 9780764358708 | Binding: hard cover


Creatures and Characters: Drawing Amazing Monsters, Aliens, and Other Weird Things!
Timothy Young
Creatures and Characters: Drawing Amazing Monsters, Aliens, and Other Weird Things!

Age level: Middle Grade: Ages 8-12

A professional artist and animator shows kids how to unleash their imagination on the page. Using pencil or ink, learn how to draw all kinds of strange creatures, from classic monsters to mythical beasts and abominable aliens. With dozens of process drawings as examples, this children’s book illustrator demonstrates creative techniques such as doodles, sketches, and scribbles, and shows children not just how to draw, but how to be creative.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 23 color and b/w spreads | 48 pp
ISBN13: 9780764354038 | Binding: soft cover


More Creatures and Characters: Drawing Awesomely Wild, Wacky, and Funny Animals
Timothy Young
More Creatures and Characters: Drawing Awesomely Wild, Wacky, and Funny Animals
Age level: Middle Grade: Ages 8-12

A professional artist and animator shows kids how to unleash their imagination on the page. Learn how to use a variety of artistic styles to draw all kinds of funny animals, from fuzzy bunnies and bears to fantasy creatures. With dozens of process drawings as examples, this children’s book illustrator demonstrates techniques to conceptualize, sketch, and draw humorous animals with pen and pencil. This tutorial goes beyond the basic step-by-step method, showing children not just how to draw, but how to build their creative confidence.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 23 color and b/w images | 48 pp
ISBN13: 9780764356063 | Binding: soft cover


Escape Game: The Mad Hacker
Remi Prieu & Melanie Vives, illustrated by El Gunto
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Escape Game: The Mad Hacker
Age level: Middle Grade: Ages 8-12

Your mission: Locate and destroy the virus and then escape from the scientific compound before the spatial-temporal portal closes forever! With the help of Dooz, your faithful robot, you have been teleported to the year 2394! In this era, a mad scientist plans to paralyze the entire world using a powerful cyber virus . . . In a few moments, it will be too late! Choose to solve this challenge on your own or with a friend! Either way, let’s go!

Size: 8″ x 11″ x .256″ | 48+ illustrations | 48 pp
ISBN13: 9780764358968 | Binding: soft cover


Escape Game: The Last Dragon
Remi Prieur & Melanie Vives, illustrated by El Gunto
Escape Game: The Last Dragon
Your mission: find and recover the dragon egg from the castle before the spatial-temporal portal closes forever! With the help of Dooz, your faithful robot, you have been teleported to the Middle Ages. In this epoch, King Badking rules; he has stolen the last dragon egg and plans to make an omelet out of it for his son . . . In a few minutes, it will be too late. Choose to solve this challenge on your own or with a friend! Either way, let’s go!

Size: 8″ x 11″ x .256″ | 48+ illustrations | 48 pp
ISBN13: 9780764358951 | Binding: soft cover


Cats: Fold & Play
IK &SK
Cats: Fold & Play
Age level: Early Readers: Ages 5–8

Are you ready to Origanimo? With this beginner introduction to paper folding, create a merry band of black cats, each in a unique pose and ready to pounce on the included paper balls of yarn. Precut and creased kitties are ready to pop out and play in just a few folds!

Size: 8 1/4″ x 8 1/4″ x .197″ | 15 ready-to-fold cats | 32 pp
ISBN13: 9780764359514 | Binding: soft cover


Insects: Fold & Play
IK &SK
Insects: Fold & Play
Age level: Early Readers: Ages 5–8

Are you ready to Origanimo? With this beginner introduction to paper folding, create and identify more than twenty multi colored insects. Precut and creased bugs are ready to pop out and crawl right off the page in just a few folds!

Size: 8 1/4″ x 8 1/4″ x .197″ | 20 ready-to-fold insects | 32 pp
ISBN13: 9780764359521 | Binding: soft cover


Zendoodle for Children
Gitta Edelmann
Zendoodle for Children
Age level: Early Readers: Ages 5–8

Children will love following along with a charming pair of white mice named Milli and Matti as they search for colorful patterns to wear to the Festival of the Animals. Along the way they meet many animals such as a zebra, bee, tiger, ladybug, and armadillo, packing the animals’ body patterns into their suitcase. The mice take turns drawing the patterns on each other and invite readers to draw along in the book with a felt-tip pen. This kind of repeat pattern-painting is called zendoodling and has a relaxing effect. Included are simple Zendoodle tips and 25 animal outlines for children to copy, enlarge, and fill in for hours of fun.

Size: 7″ x 10″ | 80 color illustrations | 80 pp
ISBN13: 9780764354137 | Binding: soft cover

I received complimentary copies.





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