Friday, August 1, 2014

Children's Book Review: Paper Planes from Parragon

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from the Parragon Book Buddies Program for bloggers, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about them.

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Still got the I'm Bored's and school is still WEEKS away?

Well LUCKY you!

Our schools here in Louisiana start this next week, for some,
and in 2 weeks for others!

But for those looking for a solution for the still vacationing kids 
(or thinking ahead for Christmas- 145 days and counting),
Check out this great solution:

paper planes cover

Synopsis:

Buying this book for the middle grader in your life will assure you of two things: you may never hear the phrase I m BORED! again, and the amazing kit does NOT involve water, paint, glitter or glue all of which we know from bitter experience ends up everywhere but where it should be, right? Paper Planes offers 25 planes to fold and fly with cool graphics and stickers galore, and includes easy-to-follow instructions and hours of creative fun. Let s be honest here, it isn t just kids who like to make , fold & fly paper airplanes so come on grown-ups indulge your inner aviator! Paper Planes features: - 25 planes to fold and fly - Cool graphic designs on preprinted paper for the planes - 50 mega stickers to decorate your planes - Instruction book included


Review:

You know you're getting a quality product, the minute you open this book:


3 pockets hold just about everything you need to make some GREAT paper planes- instructions, stickers and papers. You will need any regular paper you have to make 3 of the planes, of your own design! 

paper planes collage

As you can see, the pages have fold lines AND numbers printed on them, so there is no way you can go wrong with folding these airplanes, UFOS and spaceships! You can even BUNDLE them together and have a jet lifting off the space shuttle, and an UFO landing on the shuttle! How crazy cool is that?

We started off building the Space Rocket, as it looked like a fairly easy one:

rocket spaceship collage

As you can see, it has GREAT graphics, making it very colorful and user friendly! It also flew pretty well, making 25 feet on it initial run! Miss Grace was extremely pleased!

So then we tried a harder one, with more folds- the Jet Airliner:

jet airliner collage

This one was definitely 'Mom help me', but only because of the fold backs got her confused for a minute in the middle. Once we got past that, she had it down. It scored 30 feet on it's initial run! We were VERY impressed!

So of course, you have to have a FACE OFF!

faceoff time

(Notice how Mom got stuck with the one who did less well during her distance trials?)
Round 1 went to Jet Airliner, who landed beyond the jail (behind Miss Grace in left photo above).

Round 2 went to Space Rocket by a margin, cause "Mom you hit my arm".... sigh.....
turbulence kid, turbulence...LOL

We had a fun time with the planes and the plan is to build 2 more every day til we get through the book, which should put us right at back to school (heh heh heh)!

This is a fun book and I love the papers- they are sturdy enough to put up with constant abuse when flying! Plus since you have the instruction booklet, you can always make your own and use the folding instructions to make it, then fold it back flat to make sure you get all your wings, etc in right positions when coloring, and then to fly! So it is a gift that keeps on giving!

I know your kids will love it as much as Miss Grace does! So check it out today!
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