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New! Summer Sparks by Edupress
These activity card sets are desgined to keep your child's skills sharp over the summer and get him or her ready for the next school year with fun activities in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Just the answer you need for "I'm bored."
The 40 double-sided cards contain both independent and family learning activites appropriate for your child's grade level. At the top of each card, under the title, is a list of key skills the activity helps develop. The activities use common household items and include a parents guide that contains answers to activities where needed. It also has a summer reading list with extension activites that are related. Currently, as of publication, these are priced at only $8.99 each. Please check availability and current price by following price links to our e-commerce web site.
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These are shipped from the publisher very poorly and may have some cosmetic damage to the hanging flap on top or the closing tabs on the bottom of the box. The only problem this presents is that the box may not close securely if you don't reinforce the bottom flaps with tape. The cards inside are shrink-wrapped and undamaged. If a package looks really bad, I return it to the manufacturer for a replacement and you would not get one that has more than this slight damage described here. Because of the way the packaging is designed, it's almost impossible to get these without the hanging tab at the top being creased a bit, but not enough to prevent it from hanging from a peg it you want it to. These top tabs are mostly for store display, anyway.
Summer Sparks Pre-K and K: BTH-5724.
Summer Sparks Between K and 1st Grade: BTH-5725
Summer Sparks between Grades between Grades 1 and 2: BTH-5726
Summer Sparks between Grades between Grades 2 and 3: BTH-5727
Summer Sparks between Grades between Grades 3 and 4: BTH-5728
Summer Sparks between Grades between Grades 4 and 5: BTH-5729
Evan Moor Daily Summer Activities: These provide ten weeks of appropriate, teacher-developed practice activities in major subject areas to help your child make a successful transition from on grade to the next. These books offer short, focused practice in basic skills; two pages a day for five days a week; a weekly record log to track completed work and interesting events; 16 pages of reading or math practice cards printed on card stock; a certificate of completion; and answer key; parent suggestions; and a summer reading list. Each book has 160 full-color pages. Follow links in individual listings to the Evan-Moor product description for detailed information on the contents of each book, cover art, and sample pages. My price per book is only $13.46.
EMC-1026: Moving from Preschool to
EMC-1027: Moving from Kindergarten to First Grade
EMC-1028: Moving from First to Second Grade
EMC-1029: Moving from Second to Third Grade
EMC-1030: Moving from Third to Fourth Grade
EMC-1031: Moving from Fourth to Fifth Grade
Evan-Moor Math Practice at Home, available for grades K-4. $13.49-D each book.
Out of print. Supply limited to stock on hand.
Evan-Moor Reading Practice at Home Series: Each book contains 14-17 stories charmingly illustrated in full color. Each story is followed by activity pages to practice comprehension, vocabulary, and other reading skills. Each book includes 16 pages of pull-out practice cards printed on card stock and an answer key. Each book is 160 pages. Available for grades K-4. Click on catalog numbers to see details, cover art, and sample pages for each book. $13.46-D
BTH-693: Reading Practice at Home
- Grade K.
BTH-695: Reading Practice at Home - Grade 2
BTH-697: Reading Practice at Home - Grade 4
Out of print. Supply limited to stock on hand.
FUN THINGS TO DO
Mostly Indoors / Mostly Outdoors
Book of Magic Tricks, an Usborne book. This book has something for everyone from the amateur to the practiced young magician.. it is packs with tricks from easy jokes and puzzles to some really difficult effects. The tricks use playing cards, dice, coins, and other easy to get props. Every trick is presented in step-by-step detail with clear, easy-to-follow illustrations. 65 pages, including resource list and index. For young people ten and up. BTH-4189. $8.96-D.
Calligraphy from Beginner to Expert: An Usborne Guide by Caroline Young. EDC, 1990. For ages 11 and up. This book teaches on how to write more than 15 popular calligraphy styles, including some designed especially for this book. It explains clearly all the basic skills and equipment you will need to get started. The detailed step-by-step pictures will help you master even some advanced techniques such as stenciling, embossing, and letter carving. You'll soon be making greeting cards, personal stationery, gifts, posters, and more. 48 pages. BTH-1851. $8.06-D
Classic Coin Tricks: An Unabridged Reprint of Modern Coin Manipulation by T. Nelson Downs. Dover,1999. This was originally published in 1900 as Embracing Every Sleight and Subtlety Invented and Known. It features detailed explanations and diagrams of numerous feats with coins, including the secrets for scores of "fakes" and "sleights," including passing a coin through the bottom of a hat, the crystal coin ladder, and many more. He also offers a wealth of suggestions for stage "business" involving handkerchiefs, goblets, hats, and other props. 150 illustrations in black and white. 244 pages. For upper elementary reading level and above. BTH-4782. $8.96-D
Collecting Things, an Usborne book. This book shows readers ages 8-12 how to begin a collection and care for it. Whether one is interested in stamps, telephone cards, postcards, marbles, badges and buttons, shells, pebbles, fossils, miniatures, souvenirs, autographs, flowers and leaves, seeds, or coins, he/she will find out how to start and build, display, and care for a collection. Clear step-by-step instructions explains how to play marbles, frame coins, or make display trays and decorations. Cat. #EDC-20813. $6.26-D (one copy left at 5.95.)
Complete Book of Magic, an Usborne book which contains magic tricks for every occasion, explained in illustrated step-by-step detail. Young people will learn slight of hand, patter, misdirecting the audience, how to put a routine together and rehearse it, the history of magic, and even tips on making magic a career. It also describes the art of showmanship and presentation so vital to the art of magic. For ages ten and up. BTH-4190. $9.95*
Cooking: Summer is a wonderful time to develp or improve cooking skills. See our cookbooks for all ages.
Crayons and Computers: Computer Art Activities for Kids Ages 4-8 by Carol Sabbeth. Trade paper, Chicago Review Press. Help kids explore the world of color by combining today's electronic tools with old favorites such as crayons, scissors, paints, and glue. All one needs is a computer with a color monitor, any printer, and a basic paint or drawing program like Paint or Paintbrush, ClarisWorks, or Kid Pix Studio. kids will learn about the work of artists like Picasso, Matisse, and Monet as they gain computer confidence. 139 pages. BTH-4029. $15.26-D
Drawing: See our drawing and and painting books for all ages.
Juggling, an Usborne book for children 8-12, and maybe older. With the help of this book, anyone can learn this skill which entertains and impresses people. Clear step-by-step instructions help beginners start in easy stages -- from which balls to use and how to stand, leading gradually to juggling three balls, performing tricks, and juggling with friends. There are also ideas for devising costumes, props, and routines for a juggling show. 32 pages. BTH-4617. $5.95*
How to Become a Ventriloquist by Edgar Bergen. The famous ventriloquist shares his secrets with those who aspire to be amateur ventriloquists. He discusses how to create the illusion of life in a moving, speaking puppet, how to use the doll-dummy, hand puppets, shadowgraphs, and cardboard dummies. He also offers valuable tips on staging, and much more. This is the unabridged replication of the Grosset and Dunlap edition of 1938. 128 pages with 48 black and white illustrations. For upper elementary reading level and above.BTH-4804. $3.95* This price limited to stock on hand.
Help your children start a business! We have some books to help them get started making money this summer while they learn the principles of entrepreneurship.
My Family Tree Workbook: Genealogy for Beginners by Rosemary A. Chorzempa. Dover, 1982. This is an enjoyable, easy-to-use introduction to genealogy designed specially for children. Instructions are given for using the book and terminology is explained. There is room for entering all kinds of data for and pictures of family members, as well as a family tree pattern, pedigree charts, and an example of the author's own finished family tree. Children (and anyone else) will enjoy learning more about living family members and their ancestors as they seek the stories, geographical information, customs, traditions, personal like and dislikes, and more, that make each person unique. 57 pages. BTH-4128. $3.56-D
Science Arts: Discovering Science Through Art Experiences by MaryAnn Kohl and Jean Potter. Bright Ring Publishing, 1993. The activities in this book will work both at home and in a classroom. They are designed to awaken the imagination, challenge the mind, and delight the artist and scientist within each child. The art experiences are also like science experiments, and the science related to each project is explained in a box on the bottom of each project page. A chart of contents indicates the area of science covered, the season best suited for the project, an age suggestion, the art techniques used, amount of preparation needed, difficulty level, and more. Topics covered are water and air; light and sight; motion and energy; reaction and matter; and nature and earth. There are over 100 activities in all, including projects such as crystal bubbles, dancing rabbits, building beans, magnetic rubbing, stencil leaves, magic cabbage, marble sculpture, paint pendulum, ice structures, the volcano, bottle optics, chromatography, straw painting, frozen paper, marshmallow tower, spaghetti painting, invisible paint, sculptured pretzels, sand drawings, and many more. For children 3-10. 142 pages, including index. Please click on image to enlarge it. BTH-3503. $14.36-D
Starting Chess by Harriet Castor. EDC, 1995. For children six and up. This is an introduction to chess for complete beginners and covers everything a young player needs to know-- how to set up, how the pieces move, and some special moves and tricks. It also shows how to write chess down and understand what others have written in strategy books. 32 pages. BTH-4177. $4.46-D
Vroom!Vroom! Making 'dozers, 'copters, trucks and more by Judy Press. The author taps into every kid's fascination with machinery ad motion, earth and people movers. While kids learn all about the physical world they will be crafting all sorts of interesting vehicles: bulldozers, double-decker buses, fire engines, helicopters, moon buggies, submarines -- you name it. There are instructions for over 50 land, sea, and air vehicles used for work or pleasure, and the extras to go with them -- bridges, tunnels, gas pumps, and traffic signs. Kids will get to make wheels that turn, doors that open, and hinged parts that really move. And while the children are building, they also get to learn the history, science, and trivia behind the world's big movers. All the crafts use recycled household materials such as milk cartons and box board tubes. Instructions are simple to insure successful completion of the projects. 160 pages. Easy to understand black and white pictures.. BTH-3502.. $11.66-D.
Also see Arts and Crafts, Drawing and Painting, and Bargain Art Books.
Bird Watching for Kids: A Family Bird Watching Guide by Steven and Elizabeth Griffin. 96 pages with black and white illustrations. Written by a father and his eight-year old daughter who have teamed up to show families how to have fun together outdoors as they learn more about nature. Learn what makes a bird a bird; why and how to watch birds; how to listen to birds, where to find nests and how to identify the bird types who built them; where to watch birds; the different types of birds: songbirds, water birds and raptors; and how to preserve the bird watching experience. A resource list and index follow, and there is also a bird watching log to be filled in by young bird watchers. Reading level is about third grade, but interest level is much broader. BTH-4795. $6.93-D
Fishing for Kids A Family Fishing Guide by Steven and Elizabeth Griffin. 96 pages with black and white illustrations. Written by a father and his daughter, who was six during most of the time this book was written, who have teamed up to show families how to have fun together outdoors as they learn more about nature. Children will learn what makes a fish a fish; the varieties of fish, how and where they live; and and how to catch them and prepare them for eating. They will also learn about fishing safety and manners. There is a fishing log at the back for children to record their fishing experiences. BTH-4805, $6.93-D
Hiking for Kids: A Family Hiking Guide by Steven and Elizabeth Griffin. 96 pages with black and white illustrations. Written by a father and his nine-year old daughter who have been hiking and camping together for a long time. From a morning hike around the local park to a week-long hike at Yellowstone National Park, this informative, easy-to-read book shows why hiking is fun for the whole family. It discusses beginning hikes, trail manners, nature hikes, longer trails, hiking and trail clubs, backpacking, first aid on the trail, cross-country hiking, and special hiking environments such as snow, desert, mountains, seashores, and caves. An index, resource list, and hiking log are also included. BTH-4806, $5.93-D
Don't miss our other nature books for children.
Boredom Busters: The Curious Kids Activity Book by Avery Hart and Paul Mantell. The authors have lots of ideas for keeping kids busy indoors and outdoors, with activities in nature, ecology, music, sports, drama, magic, making gifts, and more. Just a sampling of the varied activities: building a model city with old toys; weird tricks and optical illusions; a bug hunt; making a nature preserve; sky watching; gardening; making musical instruments; beginning a family tree; having a tea; starting a journal; learning American Sign Language, and much more. 173 pages for children 6-12. Cat #WMSN-155. $11.66-D
Green Thumbs: A Kid's Activity Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Gardening by Laurie Carlson. For ages 3-9. Trade paper, Chicago Review Press. Children will enjoy gardening as they learn where living things come from and how all the parts of the environment -- weather, seasons, soil, insects, and animals -- fit together like a puzzle. Kids will learn how to create some compost, make a watering can, lay a slug trap, build a bird house, make some flower petal candy, make herbal soap, keep a garden diary, craft a hanging planter, make cornhusk dolls, and grow a meat-eating plant. 132 pages.BTH-3869. $11.66-D
Just Plane Smart: Activities for Kids in the Air or on the Ground by Ed Sobey. A great book to help young air travelers or those who'd like to be learn all about flight through hands-on activities, puzzles, trivia, and more. They can even make a paper plane that can turn just like a real plane. 92 pages. For ages eight and up. Cat.#McGH-5984. $7.16-D
Little Hands Nature Book by Nancy Castaldo. For ages 2 to 6. Trade paper, Williamson Press. Whether a child lives in the city or the country, they will delight in using these activities to explore nature as they discover their own creativity. There are over 65 irresistible, age-appropriate activities that will take advantage of a child's budding curiosity about nature to introduce early learning skills such as color identification and comparing and contrasting feelings and shapes. Children can go on a firefly picnic, be nature detectives, listen to bird songs (and sing back), make a homegrown sunflower bird feeder, and explore a caterpillar's tiny world. Children will learn about shadows and sun clocks, how rocks become sand, where frogs go in winter, how plants drink through their stems, and much more.141 pages. Bold B/W graphics clarify the text. Cat. #Wmsn-163. $11.66-D.
Summer Fun: 60 Activities for a Kid-Perfect Summer by Susan Williamson. For kids 7-12 and their families. This book combines "endless carefree days and unrestrained silliness with just the right amount of feel-good accomplishment." The silliness includes stilts, boomerangs, yo-yos, making up riddles for homemade fortune cookies, creating wild T-shirts, and hosing down after a no-hands pie-eating contest. Kids can celebrate the great outdoors by going on a bat swoop snoop, roasting corn, tenting out, making a toad hotel, preserving a spider web, beachcombing, and much more. When the weather isn't good for outdoor activities, kids can learn to whistle, redecorate a bedroom, learn to finger-knit, start a journal, do some sand painting, make some easy refrigerator strawberry jam or some raised pretzel rays, or learn Morse code or pig Latin. With all these activities and more, there wont' be time for boredom. 138 pages. Cat. #WLSN-3333. $11.66-D
Going Places: the Young Traveler's Guide and Activity Book by Harriet Webster. Illustrated by Gail Owens. Aladdin, 1991. This book for young people answers the many questions they may have about planning and taking a trip. It discusses packing, things to do while standing in line, keeping a reliable photographic record of the trip, using maps, time zones, jet lag, baggage handling, and more. It also discusses the basics in enjoying and making the most of various destinations and attractions: campgrounds, museums, amusement parks, beaches, cities, farms, mountains, and zoos. 100 pages. BTH-4783. $4.50*
Oodles of Fun While You Wait by Pamela Klawitter. Even if you aren't traveling, this book offers the perfect solution to those times when kids are bored -- in a car, a doctor's office, or any time they have to wait. It helps transform the waiting times into fun, lively family discussions, and games. On the Road activities improve geography and observation skills. Entertainment tests your recollection of movie and television characters, titles, and plot lines with trivia type questions. Sports gives sports enthusiasts a chance to shine as they recall past and present sports figures, team names, and other sports trivia. Music and Songs takes your family down memory lane as you remember song titles, lyrics, and artists. You can even show off your song-writing skills and you may find yourselves singing some of those oldies together as you drive. Word Brain Teasers challenge family members to brainstorm lists of words in categories -- a great way to increase vocabulary. Storybook Characters and Such offers trivia quizzes on literature of all kinds from nursery rhymes and fairy tales to Dr. Seuss and Newbery classics. Pages may be reproduced for classroom or family use . Lively line drawings add visual interest to the activities. 128 pages. BTH-4765. $8.95.*
Outdoor Trips that Teach: Activities for enriching educational excursions for grades K-6. From the Monkey Sisters. Reproducible. Includes pre-trip preparation; post-trip activities in language arts, science, social studies, and art; and trip tips for successful classroom travel. 73 pages. $3.53-B
Trouble-Free Travel with Children: Helpful Hints for Parents on the Go by Vicki Lanski. Trade Paper. Presents parent-tested ideas for planning and packing, sleeping away from home, eating out and enroute, traveling abroad, entertaining kids, and tips for public transportation. 148 pages. List price was 6.95. Now just 4.93-B
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