Tuesday, April 19, 2016

How to Make Summer FUN For the Kids!

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received these ebooks.book free of charge,from Zondervan Publishing, and  Harper Collins and DK Publishers via Edelweiss, 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 it

Last week I shared with you some great kids books, 
to keep the kids reading and away from the 'I'm Boreds" this Summer

Today, I have some more great books to add to that list, all of which are easy to make into activities to keep the kiddos learning all Summer long! 

Plus they work great for homeschooling too!

Going in Alphabetical order:

kids quest bibel cover

How come people lived so long back then? Why did God allow the flood? Is Jesus real?

Kids have LOTS of questions about the Bible and God. The NIrV Kids’ Quest Study Bible is a great resource for kids eager to learn more. This book includes over 500 questions and answers for kids, book introductions that help explain what each book of the Bible is about, a dictionary and subject guide help kids find what they’re looking for, and the complete NIrV translation (a stepping stone to the NIV version)!

Isn’t it exciting to discover the world, ask how things work, and learn about God and the Bible? With a bright, colorful design, reading and using the Bible is fun.
kids quest bibel collage

This modern colorful designed Bible, aimed at kids ages 5-10, is not only fun to look at, but easy and fun to use too! I really like how the Book title pages tell the kids what is the different books, while the Chapter headings (in red) help them to quickly find the ones they need (versus getting lost in numbers).<

You might want to read the question boxes first, so you know what the answers will be, but they are all answered from the bible itself. Kids will find questions like "Do good people, who aren't Christian, go to Heaven?", or "How many wives did they have in biblical times?", that will get them thinking AND asking questions, and hopefully hunting for the answers in the bible itself! The Quest challenges and clues also add a fun game activity, that can make Summer bible reading FUN, and maybe even a team activity! This is a great gift bible, and one that you will want for your own kids too!

This next book doesn't come out until June, but you can pre-order it now, so you'll have it for when the Summer boredom days kick in!


Think fast with A.J. and Andrea from My Weird School!

Did you know that Antarctica’s largest land animal is an insect or that the smallest country in the world is only 0.2 square miles?!

Learn more weird-but-true geography facts with A.J. and Andrea from Dan Gutman’s bestselling My Weird School series. This all-new series of nonfiction books features hundreds of hysterical facts, plus lots of photos and illustrations.

Whether you’re a kid who wants to learn more about geography or simply someone who wants to know if there’s really a town called Scratch Ankle, this geography facts edition is the book for you. With more than 9.5 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading!


This book is also aimed at ages 6-10, 1st-4th graders. Kids this age will really like the bantering, and real-to-life conversations between A.J. and Andrea, and may not realize just how much they are learning, while laughing along! Jim Paillot really takes his My Weird School books to a new level with this addendum to the series, that takes on one subject matter and gives a condensed, easy to access curriculum for kids. This book covers the science of the Earth's geography itself- from how it was formed (you can add your Christian emphasis quite easily), how it changed, how the geography of the earth itself came to be (ie from volcanic eruptions and massive earthquakes)/ Kids this age will really love this section, as it involves their favorite things- volcanoes and natural disasters! From their the science of the Earth's gravity and rotational effect on the land itself is discussed. From there it is off to land masses and ecological systems, other topics kids this age love to talk about! The natural progression is then to countries and the US states. Which pretty much means a whole course in 1 fun book! It would be easy to use the sections for activities, including fun day trips to museums and natural areas. And the kids really will soak in SO much information, they might just surprise their teachers in the Fall! The next 2 books in the series, US History and Science Fast Facts are scheduled for release next Summer. Once the book is released, be sure to check out My Weird Classroom Club, where you can sign up for games, classroom activities, lesson plan ideas, letters from Dan, and more to really keep the learning ongoing!  

And staying with the Earth and science theme for the last book today....

The Rock and Gem Book coverSynopsis:

The Rock and Gem Book is a highly visual and easy-to-understand encyclopedia about rocks, gems, fossils, and minerals that is packed with information, photographic spreads, and history.

What is the difference between a rock and a gem? What makes the Hope Diamond so special? Why are some minerals fluorescent?

Dig deep to find the answers in The Rock and Gem Book. Filled with over 1,200 stunning full-color photographs, The Rock and Gem Book is the perfect encyclopedia for young geologists to consult.

Chapters are organized according to scientific classifications with straightforward explanations that bring each specimen to life. From the quartz in watches to the limestone in the Great Pyramids, the earth’s natural treasures are used in architecture, art, and science. Get up close to diamonds, rubies, pearls, and sapphires, and study the different types of rocks, from granite to meteorites.

The Rock and Gem Book collafeDesigned in DK’s signature style, the pages are filled with highly visual spreads that show off the depth and unique quality of each gemstone, rock, and fossil. See the past with fossils, learn about the ocean through shells, and find out what makes gold so special in The Rock and Gem Book.


If you have a rock hound, they are gonna LOVE this book! Aimed at ages 8 to 12, (grades 3 to 7), the time period when most kids are REALLY into rocks, this book will grab their attention from the moment you open it! With the AMAZING photos, as you can see, and up close views, kids can really determine if the rock or metal they are holding is the same as what is listed. Plus with the different classification pages, kids will actually be learning while they are turning pages and finding their treasures in the book. This is another book that really lends itself to being used as a class reference, or as a guide to some fun Summer activities. I have to admit, Miss Grace declared this one her fav, and was thrilled with the ebook, as "now I can always have it with me, on your phone, so I don't have to carry the book and loose it!

So as you can see, if you want to enrich your kids' brains this Summer, and give them some great activities, be sure to check out these books!


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