Fun + Learning = A Great March Break!

Spring Break is just around the corner for most families. Just the word Spring gets me feeling excited and happy. It means the end of the cold, snowy days for a while, and the coming of puddles, mud and warmer weather! It also means a week off of school for most of us. With no school it means that kids will need some other stuff to help keep them occupied. DK Canada has come to rescue again this spring with some fabulous books to help keep our kids (and us!) having fun AND learning this Spring Break.

We have thoroughly been enjoying Smithsonian Maker Lab. This book supports STEM educational initiatives and has 28 kid-safe project and craft ideas in it! These are the types of projects that will get your young inventors thinking and creating and have a ton of scientific based FUN!

The book is perfect for kids ages 8-12. Our 10 year old was able to easily read and follow the step-by-step instructions for the activities. I’m not exaggerating when I say that he sat and read and looked through all the ideas in the book for several days. Finally he decided on a project to try first – the colorful Icy Orbs! He created this project/experiment all on his own and ended up with a fun icy orbs to put in front of his snow fort outside. Each activity is ranked easy, medium or hard with the estimated time that it will take to do the activity. There’s all kinds of fun stuff in the book such as building and exploding volcano, making a lemon battery and even making your own fossils (we’re going to try this one next!) In addition to having step-by-step instructions there are also real life photographs and facts that tell you the details about the “why” and “how” of each experiment. This helps kids to see how these skills and facts can be useful to know in the ‘real world’ and it can also help them better retain the things they’ve been learning.

Maker Lab is a great way to help kids find their inner inventor and it’s the beginning of the road to creating amazing science projects, and more!

Computer coding is a sought-after skill these days! Coding With Scratch Made Easy was written for children ages 9-11 and uses a free coding program called Scratch to help kids learn how to code. It makes a great spring break activity. The book clearly shows and explains the basics and then jumps into giving your kids step by step directions to make some fun games and projects. My son has already created a few different games, and is thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to learn about coding! Computer programming and coding is a skill that screams “future!” In our technological world, it is something that I believe is important for our children to learn – and the best part? Scratch and books like this one make it SO easy for kids to learn about the world of coding! The book is simple enough that my 10 year old can easily follow the instructions and do most of the projects/steps, etc. all on his own. I’m looking forward to seeing what he might be creating this spring!

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Comments

  1. Lynda Cook says:

    These look really fun, it would be cool to do the projects in the Smithsonian Maker Lab!!

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    What a super book, love this. I always loved doing this sort of thing when I was young and I’m sure most kids would have a lot of fun and learn new things at the same time. 🙂

  3. Jamie hall says:

    Cute book, great to keep kids busy

  4. Smithsonian Maker Lab sounds like a lot of fun for March Break!

  5. Awesome! Love seeing all these new STEM toys and books out there 🙂

  6. The Coding With Scratch Made Easy book is one that she has wanted!

  7. Robyn C says:

    My son loves STEM activities. He asked me today if there is a coding camp he can go to this summer!

  8. Laurie P says:

    The Maker Lab book would be great to have for the upcoming break!

  9. This is the first time I’ve heard of this book – and I absolutely love it. It is a must have!

  10. kathy downey says:

    We have this book it’s a great book

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