I have a weakness for interactive books. You know, the books with fun flaps, or secret panels, or random bits you can pull out. But, I don’t like pop-up books because I always manage to tear them. What does this have to do with anything, you ask. I tell you this, so you can understand why I will buy interactive books like this when I don’t need them, or why I’m writing about my boys’ new obsession, Deadly Predators, and how much fun it has been in our homeschool science.
(This post is sponsored by Silver Dolphin Books, and my boys are already asking to get the dinosaur book, and Princess wants the Amazing Animals, so their opinions are all raving)
Real Quick, what is the Scanorama Deadly Predators interactive book?
Well, like most cool nonfiction books, it’s lots of little facts adding up to a lot of information on one topic. I have shelves of those books sitting unopened at my house.
What makes it unique, are the panels throughout giving you an x-ray view of several predators, and a few lift the flaps. To take the pictures for this post I had to hunt down my boys and ask them where they’d put the predators book. They stared at me, and then I said, “You know the interactive book, you’ve been reading with the cool x-rays?” “Oh that one, it’s on MY bookcase.”
At one point, I caught one of the boys walking down the hall reading the book calling out random facts to anyone who would listen.
Curious to hear more? Listen to Batman’s take on it.
I have to admit after reading an interactive book like this, it gets me itching to try crafts and hands on projects and MAKE stuff. First I spent a few minutes perusing the Silver Dolphin pinterest boards, and noticed a slew of great early elementary and preschool stuff. I found similar stuff on their Twitter feed (secret hint, a lot of times publishers and other creators will tweet really cool stuff to go with their books).
Activities to go with THESE interactive books
In the end, I opted to revamp a few projects from when the kids were younger, because I miss these early days of crafting so much, it let me relive for a few minutes having little kids who could sit on my lap without crushing me, and read them fun interactive books like this.
- Sharks– part of our preschool ocean animals book
- Octopus and more octopus
- Snakes– great for your wiggly worms
- Bears craft– I loved this project, and the kids loved it so much too
- Cougar hunting and Tiger hunting– we learned, we make terrible big cats
- Alligator craft– my kids had so much fun playing with these