Kids love stories and my kids love stories which turn into making. We've put together a list of five Read and Make books we like and our kids have enjoyed. The last one, however is yet to be published next month.
It's fantastic we can find books to cultivate both a love for reading AND making. The books in our list will provide kids hours of creative making and imaginative play.
Make It! Robot
Star Wars Driod Book
LEGO Chain Reactions
Goldie Blox and the Spinning Machine
Make and Move: Robots
Who wouldn't want to become a Star Wars Driod expert after the successful launch of a new Star Wars Movie, The Force Awakens. The Star Wars Driod Book is packed with lots of facts about driod from all over the Star Wars universe. There are press out piece which you can build mini models of the driods like BB8, R2D2 and C3-PO
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LEGO Chain Reactions is a fun make and read book which allows you to build simple machines, that create a chain reaction. The book comes with 20 LEGO pieces, instructions and paper ramps, but we recommend it for families who already have LEGO. The best machines are made with a lot more LEGO pieces. Tracy's boys built a contraption, last summer for our puppy, Ruby which ended with a Tennis ball pushed off a table for her to chase. It's create fun and will keep LEGO fan kids entertained for hours.
Featured in: Introducing Ruby: Playtime with LEGO Chain Reactions
Tracy's had this book and making set for a while, but I recently found it in our local discount store for my boys. The Goldie Blox books are very much targeted at girls and for a specific purpose of encouraging them into STEM areas of interest. However my boys loved it. They really didn't mind the pink and girl character, they enjoyed the story and making the machine as we read along. Tracy wrote more about the book when it was first published a few year ago. We would definitely recommend this Make and Read book and also others in the series including The Dunk Tank and The Parade Float.
Featured in: A Review of Goldie Blox and the Spinning Machine
The Make and Move Books looks interesting for robot loving kids. It appears you can press out and make 12 moving robots. The book is currently available for pre-order and will be publish in February 2016. Sato Hisao, a talented paper artist and engineer says the books are targeted at 6+. You can also create your own moving robot - and no scissors or glue it required.