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Product Type: Books
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Activity Books

 

 
2002 Awards
Ed Emberly's Fingerprint Drawing Book
(by Ed Emberley, Little Brown $6.95 Score:) Forget the rubber stampers—use your fingers, an inkpad, colored pencils, and Emberley's playful step-by-step lead to create a world of birds, bees, and chugging choo-choos. It's one way to get kids to look at details and work in a sequential way. This newest edition suggests using a greater variety of washable ink pads and paints with a brighter palette than those in his earlier books. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2004 Award
Origami
(Anne Akers Johnson, Klutz $16.95 Score:) Our in-house Origami master says this is the best origami book for beginners. “This both shows and tells the step-by-step process of turning a piece of paper into a plane, picture frame, seal, bird, magic star, and other classics.” Comes with 80 sheets. No better introduction to the ancient art of paper folding—sure to keep them busy for long stretches of travel time. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Paper Airplane Book
(Klutz $16.95 Score:) Kids will make discoveries about aerodynamics as they transform flat pieces of paper into a fleet of handmade airplanes. Comes with directions for making 10 different planes with 40 sheets of full color paper. Fun to fold and fly. Takes visual skill as well as dexterity and following direction. Sometimes it’s easier to get kids to read directions when the outcome has a fun pay off. Use planes for distance races to discover which fly longer distances or greater heights.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2008 Award
Chicken Socks Eye Find
(Klutz $14.99 Score:) A good take along book. It’s a lot like I Spy with special viewing tools that add to the fun. Objects to be found are pictured on the flaps of busy pages. Use the “light up” wand to see into the dark pages, a magic color wand to see hidden lines on squiggly pages and a “magnifier” to find small items buried in larger scenes. There is no real reading but this is an entertaining kind of activity book to pull out on a long trip. They say 4 & up, we’d say more like 5-8.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Rosie Flo's Coloring Book
(by Roz Streeten, Chronicle $8.99 Score:)

We do not do a lot of coloring books, but this has a new twist. Fanciful costumes are pre-drawn on the blank pages. The fun is in adding heads, hands, legs and color to the drawn costumes. Stories might also follow. This is an inexpensive but inviting kind of activity book that will fit in a holiday stocking or small birthday gift. Add colored pencils or markers with fine points and you are in business! A good take along travel activity book, too.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
How To Draw Funny
(by David Sheldon & Klutz Editors, Klutz $16.95 Score:)

A simple way to discover how to draw a range of emotions in cartoon form. Each page shows a model and below it a blank faced form that kids can copy. The book comes with 3 markers, a mechanical pencil and eraser and plenty of fundamental ideas that can be carried away for more original drawing. There is also a template for making cartoon bubbles and turning drawings into a comic strip. A fun book for a long flight or for quiet time on the porch or lakeside. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2004 Award
The Rainy Day Book
(by Jane Bull, DK $12 Score:) Full-color photos add to the motivation and clarify how a project could look. A perfect book of "recipes" for kids to dip into for inspiration on how to turn your hand into a puppet with face paints, turn a shoe box or paper plate into a weaving loom, make papier-måché, and many more! 5–8.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Shrek2 Mad Libs
(Price Stern $3.99 Score:) Remember how much fun Mad Libs were when we were kids? They still produce a great deal of giggles and are fun to do as a group or independently. Also recommended, Mad Lib Junior which introduces kids to the concept of parts of speech (nouns, adjectives, and verbs) by using symbols that correspond to lists of words to choose from -making it much easier than the original version.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2005 Award
The Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes
(Doug Stillinger, Klutz $16.95 Score:) Here are the instructions for ten different paper airplanes. Our testers raved about the interesting patterned paper (40 sheets) that comes with the kit. If you're a novice, the instructions are clear, and if you’re a pro, you might pick up some new designs. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2006 Award
Ballerina for a Day
(by Dawn Sirett,et al, DK $12.99 Score:) Here’s a combination pop-up, paper doll, and try-this-stretching-and-these-positions book. Not a lot of text, but a variety of activities for the beginning dancer. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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