The wonderful folks at Silver Dolphin Books were kind enough to send me some fun interactive science kits, featuring dinosaurs and sharks, for review...
Examine the fascinating body of a Triceratops, one layer at a time, with See Inside the Dinosaur ($21.95; ISBN: 978-1-62686-566-2; Ages 8 and up). The innovative and interactive 3-D format allows kids to discover the inner workings of a dinosaur’s body with a transparent model that includes removable bones and organs. The detailed text and full-color illustrations in the 48-page book provide readers with an up-close look at how different types of dinosaurs survived in the prehistoric world. Also included is a stand-up cardboard model that provides the reader with a complete overview of a dinosaur’s body. Includes a 48-page book, a Triceratops model with 33 removable body parts, and a 7-piece cardstock T. rex model.
Turn each page and reveal the insides of the most fearsome dinosaur that ever prowled the earth! Explore a T. Rex ($21.95; ISBN: 978-1-62686-395-8: Ages 8 and up) features fascinating three-dimensional layers that illustrate each part of T.rex’s body. Fixed in the center of the book, this unique model can be deconstructed and rebuilt layer by layer, system by system. Through informative text and pictures, kids can see how each part of T. rex’s body is connected to the others. Whether it’s T. rex’s skeletal system or nervous system, curious kids will discover the king of dinosaurs from the inside out!
Get an up-close look at sharks’ body systems in Make and Move: Shark ($19.95; ISBN: 978-1-62686-490-0; Ages 5 and up). This colorfully illustrated learning guide presents everything kids need to know about the most ferocious predator in the oceans. Shark anatomy is presented in an accessible format with engaging diagrams and informative text. After becoming experts on sharks, kids can assemble a large 20-piece floor puzzle with hinged joints that demonstrate how sharks move. The puzzle is put together layer by layer, providing a complete overview on shark bodies. Kids will learn about various types of sharks and how their bodies enable them to survive in the depths of the ocean. Includes a 28-page book and 20 pieces to build a 37-inch shark floor puzzle.
Animal Adventures: Sharks ($21.95; ISBN: 978-1-62686-487-0; Ages 5 and up) will take you beneath the ocean’s surface to meet the many sharks that lurk in the depths. Have fun while learning, encounter sharks— large and small, gentle and fierce— with colorful illustrations and fascinating facts, and then build a diorama. Everything you need to explore the ocean is right here. This unique set includes a book full of colorful illustrations and intriguing facts about sharks, plus 3-D animal models and a diorama with reusable stickers. Journey to all the world’s oceans to learn everything you need to know about these mysterious creatures. ?Includes a 40-page guidebook, 7-piece diorama, 6 plastic animals, 54 reusable stickers, 4 3-D models, and 20 fact cards.
Adventure Pack: Under the Sea ($21.95; ISBN: 978-1-62686-266-1; Ages 4 and up) takes readers on an exploration of the world’s oceans to meet the fascinating creatures found beneath the waves. On each page of the fact book, kids will encounter incredible marine animals, and the included picture viewer with eight dazzling slide images gives learning an authentic feel. Set sail and start exploring! Includes a 32-page fact book, 24-page activity book, 24 fact cards, 30 reusable stickers, picture viewer with 8 images, and 2 press-out pieces to make an 18 x 12-inch 3-D poster.
My niece is crazy about dinosaurs, sea life, and science, so we were both very excited when the items above arrived! These five interactive science kits are just awesome and have provided us hours of educational fun.
Lately, my niece has become fascinated with the body and anatomy (she even exclaimed "I LOVE bones!" lol), so See Inside the Dinosaur, Explore a T. Rex, and Make and Move: Shark have been a big hit with her. Each of these three kits provide young readers with an enthralling and detailed look inside dinosaurs and sharks. The triceratops model and shark puzzle are super fun to put together, while the T. Rex model totally captivated my niece. Each kit comes with factual and informative, yet easily comprehended, information. Animal Adventures: Sharks and the Adventure Pack: Under the Sea are both superb, with their colorful and exciting exploration of sea life and their fun accessories. They both come with lots of cool goodies...my mom even used all the fun parts to create a sea life learning center for my niece!
Each of these kits are perfect for back-to-school learning that is also a ton of fun, as they provide a refreshing and engaging way to learn and create. These are tools and kits that my niece will be enjoying and learning from for many years. I can't recommend them enough for the young scientists and curious minds in your life!
5/5 Cupcakes for each kit
Silver Dolphin Books
For nearly 20 years, Silver Dolphin Books has published award-winning activity, novelty, and educational nonfiction books for preschoolers to 12-year-olds. Our focus is to create books that engage and inspire children to learn more about the world around them while fostering a love of reading, exploration, and creative expression. From adorably-illustrated board books for toddlers, to interactive play and building sets, to sound books made for story time, we develop innovative books that both enlighten and entertain.