Thursday, July 17, 2014

Shelf Life [kids]

Boredom BustersBoredom Busters, by Caroline Fernandez, 128 pages.
@SPL:  J 790.1922 Fer

It’s a rainy day. Your children are “bored’ and have “nothing to do”. What do you do?

Here’s an idea that’s infinitely better than sticking your children out into the rain or in front of the computer: reach for that handy book, Boredom Busters, which you borrowed just yesterday from the public library, thinking that you might need it one of these days.  In no time at all, your kids will be having fun doing one of more than fifty suggested “awesome” activities … and you’ll be having fun relaxing!

What are some of these “awesome” activities?  Making milk jug monsters, plastic bottle tornadoes, “lava” in a cup, effervescent rockets, cinnamon clay decorations, cryptograms, friendship braids, wooden spoon puppets, “goo-tastic slime”, snow globes and delicious treats from the kitchen are just a few of them.

Divided into art and craft activities, science activities, just-for-kids recipes and travel projects - with plenty of variety to interest both girls and boys - the ideas in this book will encourage children to invent, recycle and reuse. All projects are easy to make and use simple, inexpensive materials found around the home.

Accompanied by clear instructions, photos and explanatory sidebars, the activities in Caroline Fernandez’s book are sure to both entertain and inform. 

** Recommended for ages 7 to 10 years.
Really Cool People and Places
Really Cool People & Places, by the editors of Time for Kids, 48 pages.
@SPL:  J 031.02 Rea  

You’re in the van or car on a long family trip, and your child is “bored” and has “nothing to do”. What do you do?

Here’s a quick solution: hand him or her this Time For Kids book about Really Cool People & Places – a slim, illustrated volume with lots of intriguing questions and answers.

Among other things, he or she will discover why Niagara Falls is so large and why it doesn’t freeze in the winter, what is the deepest point on Earth, if the Vikings really did have horns on their helmets, and why kings and queens wear crowns. 

There’s much more.

Why is an area in Beijing known as “the Forbidden City”? Why were the Pyramids built?  Is Venice really sinking?  How? Why is the Tower of Pisa leaning? How is the Parthenon an optical illusion?  How do languages spread from place to place, and why are some disappearing?

The 250 questions and answers of this book will definitely help to while away the time until you reach your destination. For added interest, each is accompanied by a diagram or a photograph.

Another title in this excellent new Time for Kids Book of Why series is Stellar Space.

Note: Before your next family trip, check out some of the titles available in the Stratford Public Library’s collection of children’s books on CD and in our collection of children’s online audio books!

** Recommended for ages 8 to 11 years.
Published in the Stratford Gazette. Written by Sally Hengeveld, Librarian.

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