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My First Creativity Book Nature Review by Bethany Hankinson

Anna Brett
Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.
250 Wireless Boulevard
Hauppauge, NY 11788

We are always looking for fun things for our kids to do while we wait. And it seems like there is a lot of waiting. Waiting for appointments, waiting in the car on long rides and trips, waiting for an event to start, waiting for turns, even waiting for big sisters to wake up to start the day. My First Creativity Book Nature fits our family’s needs perfectly for those long waits.

My First Creativity Book Nature ($9.99) is a 66 page paperback, spiral-bound, activity book recommended for pre-k to second graders and filled with stickers, foldout pages, puzzles, games, and creative play fun. Using animals and nature-themed settings (cartoon style), kids are provided with lots of activities perfect for filling long waits and extra time.

Over 200 stickers are provided for children to use to complete activities or stick on fold-out scenes to design their own page. Activities include matching, coloring, dot-to-dot, maze, noticing differences, jigsaws, drawing, grid lines, split-page puzzle, and a quiz. In addition to the in-the-book activities, there are things to make; like, a lion mask and an underwater door hanger.

To complete the activities, you’ll need some basic supplies from around the house: scissors, pencils, crayons, colored pencils, colored pens, and adhesive.

While not specifically designed for homeschoolers, the creativity book encourages learning as well. There is a mapping activity, matching animals to their homes, clothing to weather/climates, counting, animal parents to babies, habitat facts (rainforests, deserts, grasslands, forests, woodlands, oceans), animal tracks, prey, and predator,

Our kindergartener found this to be a fun book. We used it together when we had free moments and, of course, when we were waiting. We decided to store it in our activity bag that we take when we leave the house. It came in handy more than a few times when he became antsy. We like to camp and this would also be a great addition to our camping kit, which includes things to do when the weather isn’t great and we are stuck in the camper.

While we personally don’t utilize this type of book for school use, some homeschoolers may even find it is a fun addition to what their preschoolers and kindergarteners are learning. We would recommend it for folks that have young children that enjoy activity books.

—Product Review by Bethany Hankinson, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, February, 2016