Wednesday, May 1, 2019

"Zoology for Kids" and "Marine Science for Kids" Make Learning Fun with Their Photo-Filled Guides and Hands-On Learning Activities - A Must-Have for Homeschool Families (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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In addition to the Latino History book, and book about Frida and Diego Rivera I just shared with you from Chicago Review Press and IPG Books, I also wanted to share Zoology for Kids and Marine Science for Kids, both of which are set up similar to the other books, in that they include hands on activities along with educational text. I love to include these types of books in our homeschooling, as they really help to introduce my girls to topics, in this instance zoology and marine life, and then include fun hands on activities that apply what they just learned, to make the learning experience that much more fun.

Here is more about these to two hands-on learning books from Chicago Review Press, distributed by IPG...

About this book:

"An interactive introduction to working with animals Zoology for Kids invites the next generation of zoologists to discover the animal kingdom through clear, entertaining information and anecdotes, lush color photos, hands-on activities, and peer-reviewed research. Young minds are introduced to zoology as a science by discussing animals' forms, functions, and behaviors as well as the history behind zoos and aquariums. Related activities include baking edible animal cells, playing a dolphin-echolocation game, and practicing designing an exhibit. Young readers can peek into the world of zookeepers and aquarists, veterinarians, wildlife researchers, and conservationists as they "train" their friends, mold a tiger's jawbone, and perform field research in their own backyard. This engaging resource provides readers with new knowledge, a healthy respect for the animal kingdom, and the idea that they can pursue animal-related careers and make a difference to preserve and protect the natural world."

144 PAGES, 8.5 X 11
TRADE PAPER, $19.99 (US $19.99) (CA $26.99)
ISBN 9781613749616

About this book:

"A colorful, comprehensive, friendly guide to exploring the underwater world

Do you ever dream of being a marine explorer or adventurer? Are you a fan of cool, cute, or creepy creatures? Then here's some good news: some of the coolest, cutest, and creepiest creatures live in Earth's oceans and other watery places.Marine Science for Kids is a colorful, fun, photo-filled guide to exploring our underwater world. In these pages, you'll delve deep into the science of aquatic study, including geology, chemistry, and biology in both salt- and freshwater environments, and gain insight into the real-world practice of aquatic science. You'll discover how and why oceans move, and learn the answers to questions such as "Why is the ocean blue?" You'll meet cool creatures, including sharks and rays, penguins and other seabirds, whales and dolphins, squids and octopuses, and many more. You'll uncover some of the most pressing challenges facing marine environments and find out how you can use your talents to make a difference. Real-life marine scientists share what inspires them every day and provide insights into their exciting careers. Hands-on activities in each chapter make learning fun.Kids can: make an edible coral reef; explore marine camouflage; construct a water-propelled squid; test methods of cleaning up an oil spill; experiment with ocean acidification; and much more."

144 PAGES, 11 X 8.5
TRADE PAPER, $18.99 (US $18.99) (CA $25.99)
ISBN 9781613735367


As part of our outside homeschooling learning, the girls have returned to the Mystic Aquarium for their monthly homeschool program.  They have been having so much fun learning about Marine Science that I wanted to add more to our in-home learning, so the Marine Science for Kids book has become a lifesaver in that I didn't have to look far to put together lesson plans and actitvities to share wit the girls.  Everything I was hoping to cover, and more, is included in this book. And, the 21 activities were a hit with the girls. 

Some of the hands-on learning activities included:

  • Explore Marine Camouflage
  • Construct a Squid
  • Play the Lunch with Whales Game
  • Promote a Coastal Community
  • Make an Edible Reef
The edible reef activity, which is made with Rice Krispies, was a favorite of my girls.  They used frosting to add color to their reefs, as well as gummy fish candy to finish their coral reef ecosystems.  Fun hands-on edible learning activities like this are really fun for the the girls to do and share with me what they know (in this case about the coral reef ecosystem), and then when they are done and I snap photos for their school portfolio, they gobble their edible snack right up. :-)

The Zoology for Kids book is by the same author and set up the same way as this marine life book.  It also includes 21 hands on learning activities to help kids apply what they just learned about a specific zoological topic.  We are halfway through this book, and have an upcoming zoo field trip planned.  I am so impressed thus far with all that my girls have learned and the knowledge about zoology that they have retained, and know that our upcoming zoo trip with be more interesting than just a walk through the zoo to see the animals.  Now, they will have better knowledge animals and their behaviors that they will be looking at the zoo animals differently.  

Here are just some of the fun hands-on activities your child can do with this book:
  • Play a dolphin echolocation game
  • Mold Tiger Teeth
  • Communicate like a deep-see animal
  • Dig up animal bones
  • Plan and draw an animal's exhibit

My oldest daughter has wanted to be a vet since she was little.  Now, she is more excited to pursue this career, and thinking to work at either a zoo or aquarium to help care for the animals.  If you have children who love learning about animals, including both zoo and marine animals, and want a fun educational book that includes activities that are all spelled out for you to share and engage your child with, then you will definitely want to check out these two books.  

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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