Thursday, April 29, 2010
Finally, this one is for the parents who squirm when their child produces a blank piece of paper with a crayon and requests "Can you draw a dinosaur for me?" Aaargh. I have little to no artistic ability and my dinosaurs looks more like ... blobs with claws. Thank goodness for this clever book!
Here, an actual artist has drawn ten dinosaurs that far surpass my blob results, and actually look like the dinosaurs they are supposed to be! Your child cuts out the individual body parts, then assembles them to create an army of ferocious dinosaurs. The pages are perforated for easy removal and each piece is marked on the back with a letter key for easy assembly. It gets better. For each fully colored page, there is also a separate page with black and white line drawing of the same dinosaur. Identical set up, but these are perfect for kids that want to exercise more creativity by coloring in the dinosaurs themselves.
This was an instant hit at our house. I produced the book, scissors, colored pencils and we started right in. A word of caution - you do have to purchase mini brads or fasteners so that the parts will be movable. We were delighted to find that the assembly directions are super easy to follow: place the pieces face down and match A Front to A Back, B Front to B Back, and so on. We put together a few of the preprinted dinosaurs first to get a feel for it, and then we turned to the black and white pages to test our creativity. Hey, nobody really knows what color the real dinosaurs were anyway, right?
Figures in Motion also offers another cut and assemble book, Famous Figures of Ancient Times.
Review copy provided by KSB Promotions.
Labels: Non-Fiction Reviews